There are three main types of prostate disorder — cancer of the prostate, prostatitis and prostatic hypertrophy or enlargement of the prostate. Cancer of the prostate is the third most common cancer experienced by males and is usually found in men over the age of sixty. Common symptoms are frequent and difficult urination and the presence of blood in the urine. Sometimes, however, there are no apparent symptoms. Prostatic examination by a medical practitioner is recommended for men in this age group.

Prostatitis is an infection of the prostate caused by bacteria and is treated with antibiotics. Enlargement of the prostate is a common complaint in men over 50. Symptoms include a lessening in the force of the urinary flow, difficult or patchy flow followed by dribble, and a feeling that the bladder is never completely empty. Some of these symptoms are a result of the enlarged prostate compressing the urethra, producing pressure on both bladder and urethra.

Treatment of benign enlargement of the prostate involves dietary, herbal and vitamin intake. Legumes, sprouted seeds and whole grains are valuable because of the hormones they contain. Other helpful foods include green string and red kidney beans, beetroot, cabbage, onions, parsley and pumpkin seeds. The herb saw palmetto forms the basis of herbal treatment and should be supplemented with horsetail. Anise is also recommended because of its mild oestrogenic action. Other herbal treatments are clivers, nettle, ginseng and couch grass. Zinc should also be taken as a supplement, as lack of zinc has been suggested as a possible cause of prostate enlargement.


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