Treatment of Enlarged Prostate (BPH) With TCM
03 May 2016
BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) is a particular condition characterised by enlargement and congestion of the prostate gland surrounding the urethra. It is quite common in men who are more than 50 years old, so much that 1 in every 4 men will need treatment for it once in their life. BPH generally results in a wide range of problems, including compromised urine outflow, urgency, nighttime urination, incomplete voiding, weak stream, pain, urinary retention and dribbling. The symptoms, if left untreated, can even lead to kidney failure.
Fortunately, there are a few methods which can be used for addressing BPH. But western medical solutions like catheterisation, drug therapy and surgery may give rise to various complications such as bleeding, infection, incontinence and even impotence. However, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is the only natural therapy that can relieve the discomforts of an enlarged prostate as well as address the root cause without any side effects.
For the treatment of BPH, two modalities of TCM have been found to be fruitful so far - acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine:
When treating prostate enlargement with acupuncture, a detailed diagnosis of the patient is done for identifying all symptoms present conspicuously. The practitioner can also ask questions about generalised symptoms and signs that may be related distantly. In addition to that, lifestyle factors are assessed as well for determining their role in the manifestation of the problem. After conduction of diagnosis, acupuncture treatment is begun for restoring the disharmonies. In most cases, it generally leads to re-establishment of a healthy genito-urinary system as well as symptomatic relief. It also prevents the symptoms from returning once again in future.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
In the context of Chinese herbal medicine, BPH is believed to occur because of blood stagnation, kidney Qi deficiency and heat & dampness accumulating in the urinary bladder. Therefore, various herbs are used in order to eliminate stagnation, regulate the Qi, activate blood circulation and clear the damp heat, and they include:
- Bai Jiang Cao - removes damp heat and prostate inflammation
- Lu lu tong - improves blood circulation as well as Qi
- Niu xi - contains sitosterol & triterpenoid saponins which can have anti-inflammatory effects on enlarged prostate, nourish liver & kidney and alleviate symptoms of difficult urination, damp heat & lower back pain
Vaccaria seed - reduces lower back pain, drains excess damp heat, treats uncomfortable urination and invigorates the blood.
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