Q: What can I do for an enlarged prostrate?
A: An enlarged prostate, like many conditions diagnosed through Ayurvedic methods, is treated as based on the specifics of the patient’s imbalances. One man may have an enlarged prostate and experience low back pain, constipation, and a general lack of energy: He suffers from imbalances related to dryness and the Vata dosha. Another man may experience fevers and infections: He suffers from imbalances related to excessive heat and the Pitta dosha. Still another man might experience a buildup of excess phlegm in his body: He suffers from imbalances related to excessive moisture and the Kapha dosha. Since the different imbalances come from different causes, each man is responsible for treating his swollen prostate individually.
This is why it’s ideal for the condition to be addressed by a trained Ayurvedic practitioner, who can recommend an appropriate herbal regimen and make other lifestyle recommendations as well. However, if you find that you experience particularly intense imbalances in one of the doshas, then you will likely benefit from making lifestyle changes accordingly (avoid dry foods and favor natural oils on the skin and in the food for Vata, avoid spicy foods, meats, alcohol, and rigorous physical activity for Pitta, and avoid dairy and sugar as well as favor more physical activity for Kapha). To learn more about Ayurvedic practitioners, you can go to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
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