Enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a disorder that usually affects men that are 50 or older. BPH is not the same as prostate cancer. The prostate is a small, muscular gland (in the shape of a walnut) in the male reproductive system. It surrounds the urethra just below the urinary bladder and adds fluid to semen to allow sperm movement.
With age, the cells of the gland start to increase, causing an enlarged prostate. Although the exact cause is unidentified, changes in male sex hormones with age may be a factor.
Here are the top 5 home remedies for this issue:
1. Sitz Bath
Sitz bath is a soothing and effective treatment for enlarged prostate. The hot bath will help relax the pelvic muscles, reduce swelling and promote healing. On the other hand, the cold bath will alleviate pain.
- Fill one bath tub with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt to it.
- Fill another bath tub with cold water and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to it.
- First, sit in the bathtub with hot water up to your waist for 3 minutes.
- Next, sit in the bathtub with cold water up to your waist for 1 minute.
- Do this 2 more times. The last bath should always be in the cool water.
- Enjoy in a sitz bath a few times every week.
Keep in mind: Do not follow this remedy if you have acute bacterial prostatitis.
2. Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle can also reduce BPH symptoms. The root contains essential bioactive phytochemicals that help shrink prostate tissue. Being a natural diuretic, it also encourages the elimination of inflammatory wastes through urination.
- Add 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves to a cup of warm water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain it. Drink this tea 2 or 3 times daily.
- You can also take a stinging nettle supplement. The usual amount is 300 mg daily. Always consult a doctor before taking a supplement for the right dose for your condition.
3. Corn Silk
Corn silk is an effective remedy to fight off symptoms of prostate enlargement. It functions as a natural diuretic and even helps relax the urinary muscles and lining. This results in improved urine flow.
- Put the silk of 6 ears of fresh corn in 4 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, and after that simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain and drink up to 3 cups of this corn silk tea a day.
- Another option is to add 15 drops of corn silk extract to 1 cup of water and drink it few times a day.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar has astringent properties that help shrink swollen prostate glands. It also aids weight-loss and helps prevent complications of enlarged prostate like UTIs.
- Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm water. Drink it two times daily.
- Another solution is to add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of water and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy this soothing bath a few times a week.
5. Rye Grass Pollen Extract
Rye grass pollen extracts are made from three kinds of grass pollen– rye, timothy, and corn. A review of studies published in BJU International found that men who were taking rye turf pollen extracts reported an improvement in their symptoms compared with those who were taking a placebo.
This supplement appears to be especially helpful for preventing the need to get up during the night and use the bathroom. It can also help men urinate more completely, so there is less urine left in the bladder afterwards.