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Prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland that surrounds the urethra in men. It is an important part of the male reproductive system. The prostate secretes a fluid that forms part of the semen and helps keep the sperms alive in the female reproductive tract. Enlargement of the prostate gland also called benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia can constrict the urethra, leading to urinary problems. It can also affect the sex life of the person. 

Enlarged prostate is common in men aged over 50 and about 90% men above the age of 80 years develop this condition. BPH is not a form of cancer and usually does not cause a serious threat to health nor does it increase the risk of prostate cancer

The exact cause of prostate enlargement is unknown. However, factors related to ageing, changes in the testicular cells as well as testosterone levels and family history are observed to play a role in the growth of the prostate gland. BPH is conventionally treated through medications and surgery

Homeopathy is an alternative system of treatment that is based on the theory of individualisation. Homeopathic doctors consider the specific symptoms shown by an individual along with their health history, genetic history and psychological features before prescribing them a remedy. These remedies are prepared from highly diluted natural substances and hence have almost no side effects. Medications including baryta carbonica, chimaphila umbellata, conium maculatum, digitalis purpurea, lycopodium clavatum, sabal serrulata, staphysagria and thuja occidentalis are used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  1. Homeopathic medicines for Enlarged Prostate
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for Enlarged Prostate as per homeopathy
  3. How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for Enlarged Prostate
  4. Side effects and risks of homeopathic medicine and treatment for Enlarged Prostate
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Some of the homeopathic medicines that are used for the treatment of prostate enlargement are listed below:

  • Baryta Carbonica
    Common Name:
    Carbonate of baryta
    Symptoms: Carbonate of baryta works best in individuals who are usually shy and confused and have an aversion to meeting strangers. It is used for the management of the following symptoms:
    • Mental weakness
    • Burning while passing urine
    • Hardening (induration) of testes
    • Reduced desire for sex
    • Premature impotence
    • Frequent urge to urinate

The patient's condition worsens when they lie down on their side or keep thinking about their symptoms. Symptoms are relieved on walking in open air.

  • Chimaphila Umbellata
    Common Name:
    Pipsissewa
    Symptoms: Chimaphila helps in the treatment of the following symptoms:
    • Frequent urge to urinate
    • A sensation as if there is a ball in the perineum
    • Burning sensation while passing urine and often the patient has to strain before the urine flows. They may also have to stand with their legs wide apart and body bent forward to be able to pass urine.
    • Sharp stinging pain in urethra from the neck of the bladder to the external urethral orifice
    • Presence of stringy or bloody mucus with lots of segments in the urine
    • Fluttering sensation in kidney region
    • Acute inflammation of the prostate
    • Discharge of prostatic fluid

All the symptoms worsen on sitting on the pavement or on a cold stone or on exposure to damp weather.

  • Conium Maculatum
    Common Name:
    Poison hemlock
    Symptoms: Conium works well for people who are apprehensive, depressed and are scared of being alone. Also, they are not able to take interest in anything. This remedy helps relieve the following symptoms:
    • Exhaustion of body and mind
    • Increased desire for sex but low energy
    • Difficulty in passing urine
    • Interrupted flow of urine
    • Hardened and enlarged testes
    • Sexual nervousness with weak erection

All symptoms worsen on abstaining from sex or lying down, Physical and mental exertion and exposure to cold weather also worsen the patient's condition. The symptoms improve in the dark, on fasting, and moving about.

  • Digitalis Purpurea
    Common Name:
    Foxglove
    Symptoms: Foxglove is an ideal remedy for people with enlarged prostate accompanied by heart problems or a history of gonorrhoea. Low spirited, anxious and fearful people who are extremely depressed, tend to benefit from this remedy. Foxglove also helps relieve the following symptoms:
  • Lethargy
  • Irregular and slow pulse
  • Urinary retention
  • Constriction and burning in urethra as if it were narrow
  • Constant urge to pass urine with painful dribbling
  • Inflammation of urethra
  • Throbbing pain at the neck of bladder, which worsens at night
  • Feeling of fullness in bladder after urination
  • Turbid urine
  • Inability to retract a tight foreskin over the head of the penis (phimosis)
  • Brick-dust sediment in urine
  • Emission at night with excessive weakness in genitals after intercourse
  • Oedematous swelling of genital organs

The patient's symptoms worsen after meals and when they are sitting erect and they feel better on going out in open air and when their stomach is empty. 

  • Lycopodium Clavatum
    Common Name:
    Club moss
    Symptoms: Lycopodium works well in individuals who are extremely sensitive and apprehensive. They have a weak memory, confused thoughts and are afraid of being alone. This remedy is prescribed for the management of the following symptoms:
    • Urinary retention, the person often has to strain to pass urine
    • Urine flow that is slow to start
    • Back pain before urination that stops after flow
    • Abnormally large production of urine (polyuria) during night
    • Heavy red sediment in the urine
    • Impotence
    • Premature ejaculation
    • Condylomata (infection of the genitals)

Symptoms worsen from 4 pm to 8 pm, in a warm room or on exposure to hot air. Warm applications also worsen symptoms. Symptoms improve when the patient moves about, consumes hot food or drink, or gets cold from being uncovered.

  • Sabal Serrulata
    Common Name:
    Saw palmetto
    Symptoms: This medicine is indicated in patients with chronic gonorrhoea along with enlarged prostate. Sabal serrulata helps relieve the following symptoms:
    • Tiredness, indifference and lack of interest
    • Sexual anxiety
    • Difficulty passing urine
    • Frequent urge to urinate at night
    • Involuntary urination (enuresis)
    • Inflammation of urinary bladder resulting in painful urination
    • Discharge of prostatic fluid
    • Shrinking of testes with loss of sexual power
    • Painful intercourse at the time of ejaculation
    • Sensation of coldness in the sexual organs 
  • Staphysagria
    Common Name:
    Stavesacre
    Symptoms: Staphysagria works well for those who are highly sensitive and hypochondriac. They tend to dwell on sexual objects, especially after self-abuse and have violent outbursts of anger. This remedy is frequently used for addressing the following symptoms:

The symptoms wosen with masturbation, grief, anger, humiliation, and fluid loss. Interrupted intercourse and excessive sexual drive also worsen the patient's condition. The patient feels better after a night's rest and after having breakfast.

  • Thuja Occidentalis
    Common Name:
    Arbor vitae
    Symptoms: Thuja occidentalis is a choice of remedy for emotionally sensitive people who tend to weep or tremble while listening to music and have fixed ideas. It helps in the management of the following symptoms:
    • Swollen and inflamed urethra
    • Forked and small urinary stream
    • Dribbling sensation after urination
    • Frequent urge to urinate associated with pain
    • Severe cutting pain after urination
    • Sudden and urgent desire to urinate, which cannot be controlled
    • Paralysis of urinary sphincter muscle
    • Inflammation of foreskin and head of penis
    • Pain in penis
    • Chronic induration of testes
    • Gonorrhoeal infection

Condition worsens at night, from heat of bed, at 3 am and 3 pm, from cold and damp air, vaccination, after breakfast and having fatty foods and coffee. Condition improves while drawing up a limb.

Your doctor may suggest you to make the following changes in your lifestyle and diet to promote healing: 

Do’s: 

  • Consume a healthy and nutritious diet. Read more: Healthy foods
  • Maintain an active lifestyle by doing moderate exercise daily.
  • Void urine whenever the urge arises.

Don’ts: 

  • Avoid beverages such as coffee, spiced herbal drinks or soups and alcohol.
  • Refrain from consuming spicy food, spoilt meat, stale cheese or vegetables.
  • Avoid staying in damp and humid weather.
  • Avoid strong perfumes, flowers and talc.
  • Avoid stress to the mind and body.
  • Suppressed sexual intercourse in order to prevent conception should be avoided. 

In conventional medicine, surgery is usually recommended for moderate to severe symptoms of enlarged prostate. Older people mostly prefer to avoid the surgical approach, and hence are inclined to seek alternative treatments such as homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies not only relieve the symptoms of prostate enlargement but also address its underlying cause. They stimulate the immune system to deal with the disease, thus improving the general health of the individual.

A case study involving 66 men above 40 years having benign prostatic hyperplasia and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) showed that homeopathic treatment is effective in improving the quality of life and providing symptomatic relief in these patients.

A clinical study conducted on 61 patients between 50 and 86 years to assess the usefulness of homeopathic medicines in treating enlarged prostate indicated that the most useful medicines were lycopodium, pulsatilla and sabal serrulata.

In another case report, a 65-year-old male with enlarged prostate was provided with three medicines, i.e. carcinosin, staphysagria and sabal serrulata, based on his symptoms. It was seen that these remedies helped in alleviating his symptoms and also helped decrease the size of his prostate. 

Homeopathic medicines are said to be extremely safe to use. They are made from natural substances that are highly diluted before use and are administered in micro-dosages. Hence, homeopathic medicines are believed to be almost free of side effects. However, it is important that the patient consult a certified homeopathic doctor before taking any remedy on their own.

An experienced physician will note the physical and mental health of the patient along with their age and other factors before prescribing a unique medicine to them.

Prostate is a male reproductive gland that surrounds the urethra just below the urinary bladder. The main function of this gland is to secrete prostatic fluid which is a component of semen. Enlargement of prostate causes numerous urinary problems and also affects the sex life of a person. It is usually observed in older men above the age of 50 years and is conventionally treated through medications and surgery.

Several homeopathic remedies are used to manage enlarged prostate. Homepathic practitioners selected the correct remedy for a patient according to the cause of the condition, and factors like symptoms, age and health of the patient. In fact, homeopathic remedies are also believed to be a good option for those trying to avoid surgery for BPH.

Dr. Monika Bhardwaj

Dr. Monika Bhardwaj

Homeopathy
5 Years of Experience

Dr. Shailvi Singh

Dr. Shailvi Singh

Homeopathy
4 Years of Experience

Dr Mukesh Nigam

Dr Mukesh Nigam

Homeopathy
10 Years of Experience

Dr Preeti Dimri

Dr Preeti Dimri

Homeopathy
10 Years of Experience

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