March 2, 2010

Prostate Cancer Treatment

Posted in Category : Gall Bladder

The prostate gland is a small gland located under the bladder in males. The urine that is formed inside the kidneys is transferred to the bladder through the ureters. The urine is then eliminated from the body through another structure known as the urethra, which passes through the centre of the prostate gland. This part of the urethra that is situated within the prostate is referred to as the prostatic urethra. Enlargement of part of the prostate may interfere with the passage of urine. Prostate cancer is one of the major conditions that affect the prostate gland. Symptoms of this condition may include increase in the urge to urinate, sleeping problems, back pain, problems in urination and a sensation of fullness even in an empty bladder. Obesity, smoking and hereditary conditions are some of the factors that increase the risk of prostate cancer.

When opting for alternative or naturopathic therapy for cancer treatment, having a licensed naturopathic professional is advisable. It is also recommended that the allopathic and holistic health professionals work together in devising a treatment plan that will produce optimum results. Herbal remedies do not have any side effects when taken in the appropriate dosages. In rare cases, intake of an herb may result in a headache or stomach pain. This could be attributed to the ingredients used in the herbal preparation. Saw palmetto is known to be effective in the treatment of prostate cancer. This herb restricts the production of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which plays a role in the occurrence of many prostate problems. Milk thistle is also believed to be beneficial in treating prostate cancer as it provides protection to the liver against toxins and drugs.

The mineral selenium is present in the prostate gland and deficiencies of this mineral can lead to prostate problems. Selenium may be taken in supplement form through tablets along with foods that are rich in selenium such as garlic, grains, chicken and shellfish. Zinc too is necessary for the proper health of the prostate. Zinc rich foods such as clams, whole oats, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and lamb chops may be included in the diet. There is evidence that demonstrates that a diet high in fat can contribute to problems of the prostate and hence foods high in fat must be avoided. The pain and pressure arising in the prostate may be alleviated through hydrotherapy. All remedies must be tried only after consulting with a doctor first.