Overactive bladder due to prostate enlargement is very comment in men as they age. You have nothing to be embarrassed about. If you’re a man with overactive bladder, see a doctor right away. This could be a sign of a more serious issue, such as prostate cancer. There are also some alternative treatments you may wish to use along with your doctor’s recommendations.
If there are more serious issues, such as prostate enlargement or prostate cancer, causing your overactive bladder, there are natural methods that can be used as complimentary medicine. In other words, follow your doctor’s instructions. Try alternative medicine solutions as complimentary treatment. Always let your doctor know what natural remedies you plan to use. This is to avoid negative drug interactions. Your doctor can tell you which alternative medicine treatments are compatible with your conventional medicine.
Overactive bladder caused by an enlarged prostate gland can be treated with pumpkin seed or pumpkin seed oil. When the prostate enlarges, it puts pressure on the bladder, causing several different bladder symptoms. Pumpkin seeds have been proven to help shrink the prostate and also help with overall prostate health. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, carotenoids and other antioxidants. They are also rich in Omega 3. All these ingredients work together to shrink the prostate and lower cancer risk.
Saw palmetto is another highly recommended alternative medicine for men whose overactive bladder is caused by an enlarged prostate. The prostate health benefits of saw palmetto are widely known. Saw palmetto works to shrink the prostate by reducing inflammation. Not only that, it prevents further swelling by inhibiting the hormones responsible for prostate inflammation. A smaller prostate means less overactive bladder symptoms.
Why is magnesium supplementation important for men with overactive bladder due to prostate enlargement? It’s important to treat the bladder as well. Magnesium improves overall muscle health and specifically, helps control muscle spasms. It’s easy to see that muscle spasms of the bladder would cause overactive bladder and leakage. Magnesium discourages muscle spasm, thus allowing the bladder to hold it’s contents better. Taking magnesium just before bed may even help with those midnight runs to the restroom. This is true for both men and women.
Other alternative treatments
There are various other natural supplements said to help with overactive bladder in men and women. Corn silk detoxifies the bladder and relaxes it for more natural function. Buchu, a South African plant contains a diuretic which helps cleanse the bladder of latent infections and inflammation. Cleaver is an herb that works similarly to Buchu. The bromelain found in pineapple works best on infected or inflamed bladder as well.
Please note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
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