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Prostate Gland Enlargement and Ayurvedic Treatment

The prostate gland is walnut-shaped and produces seminal fluid. Located below man’s bladder, it actually surrounds a portion of the bladder and the beginning of the urethra.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a prostate problem that is less serious from a survival standpoint, but far more important in terms of the number of men affected. Hyperplasia is an excessive growth of normal cells, unlike cancer, where cells are abnormal. Therefore, benign prostatic hyperplasia means a non-malignant, excessive growth of prostate cells.

Ayurveda describes two conditions known as mootrakruchra and mootraaghaata, which coincide with the symptoms of prostatism. Mootrakruchra or strangury is characterised by severe pain in passing urine whereas in mootraaghaata, there is total suppression or intermittent flow of urine during urination.

Prostatism is often used to refer to the collection of symptoms caused by BPH. BPH symptoms can be divided into two categories—obstructive symptoms and irritative symptoms.

Obstructive symptoms include hesitancy, weak stream, intermittency, incomplete emptying, and terminal dribbling. Irritative symptoms include increased frequency, nocturia (increased urination during nights), urgency, urge incontinence, dysuria (painful urination), haematuria (blood in urine), enuresis (absence of urination), urinary tract infection, and urinary retention.

Guidelines & Ayurvedic Remedies

  • Remain sexually active. Take hot baths. Avoid dampness and cold temperatures. Do not let the bladder get too full. Urinate as soon as the urge arises. Take time to urinate when it is convenient even if there is no urge. Relax when you urinate. When you take long trips, make frequent stops to urinate. Keep a container in the vehicle that you can urinate in when you cannot get to a bathroom in time. Sit on a hard chair instead of a soft one whenever possible. Limit coffee, tea, alcohol, and spicy foods.
  • Drink eight or more glasses of water everyday, but do not drink liquids too close to bedtime. Reduce stress. Do not smoke.
  • You should avoid allopathic medications for colds and allergy that contain decongestants such as pseudoephedrine.
  • Certain anti-histamines can also slow urine flow in some men with BPH. Other drugs that may exacerbate symptoms are certain anti-depressants and drugs used to treat spasticity. Diuretics and alcoholic beverages can also make matters worse.
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises are useful to prevent urine leakage. They strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor that both support the bladder and close the sphincter. The exercises consist of repeatedly tightening and releasing the pelvic muscle. Since the muscle is internal and is sometimes difficult to isolate, it is a better idea to practise while urinating. Contract the muscles until the flow of urine is slowed, or stopped and then release it. Generally, five to 15 contractions, attempting to hold each contraction for ten seconds, three to five times a day will give good results.
  • Some form of light exercise such as swimming, jogging, or walking is preferable, as is avoiding a completely sedentary lifestyle, which allows blood to stagnate in the pelvic area. If you must sit down all day at work, get up every two or three hours and move about; this stimulates blood circulation in the lower extremities. Massage, steam baths, and activities that produce sweating and increased blood circulation are advised.
  • Natural therapies have a long history of use in our country to support optimal prostate health. Gokshura (gokhru), whose botanical name is Tribulus terrestris, has been traditionally used in treating urogenital conditions. Take two teaspoons of the fruit, grind coarsely, and bring to a boil in two cups of water until about half the water remains. Take a cup of this. You can also take it along with sugar and milk if you prefer. Gokshura may also be brought to a boil in milk. Similarly, two other botanicals deserve mention here. Both varuna (Crataeva religiosa) and punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) have been shown to be effective for symptoms of BPH. In different clinical trails, both these have shown significant anti-inflammatory effect, especially pertaining to genito-urinary tract.
  • Shilajit, a herbo-mineral compound ejected out of rocks during hot weather in the lower Himalayas is specially used in genito-urinary disease. For the dosage and duration, please consult your Ayurvedic physician.
  • Kshaaras are the alkaline salts obtained from the ash of medicinal plants. Yava-kshaara is one such substance obtained from dried wheat plant, before blooming. This contains altered form of potassium carbonate, which is indicated in enlargement of the glands with special concern to prostate.
  • Long-term insufficient zinc intake is also linked to BPH. Good dietary sources of zinc include meat, eggs, and seafood. Yassada bhasma, obtained by calcination of zinc is the specific medicine for this purpose. A daily dose of 125 to 250 mg with honey will give relief from the problem.
  • Early & mild cases respond well to Chandra prabhavati, 2 tablets twice a day with warm milk.


As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.


Dr. Murali Manohar Chirumamilla, M.D. (Ayurveda)
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