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Men over fifty often experience swelling
in the area of the prostate gland and a frequent need to urinate.
These are usually minor but annoying problems. Men with prostate
conditions should have regular medical examinations, to make sure
that deeper problems, such as serious infection or prostate cancer,
are not involved.
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this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
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Apis mellifica: Stinging pain
during urination that is worse when the final drops are passing is a
strong indication for this remedy. Discomfort may also involve the
bladder. The prostate area is swollen and very sensitive to touch.
The person may feel worse from heat and from being in warm rooms,
with improvement from being out in open air or from cool bathing.
Causticum: Urine loss when the
person coughs or sneezes often indicates a need for this remedy.
Once urine has started passing, the person may feel pressure or
pulsation extending from the prostate to the bladder. Causticum
is also indicated when sexual pleasure during orgasm is absent or
Chimaphilla umbellata: This remedy
is often helpful when the prostate is enlarged, with urine retention
and frequent urging. The person may have the feeling that a ball is
lodged in the pelvic floor, or experience pressure, swelling, and
soreness that are worse when sitting down.
This remedy is often indicated when swelling of the prostate seems
to have narrowed or tightened the urinary passage. Urine usually
emerges slowly, in drops instead of a stream, with dribbling
This remedy may be helpful if urine is slow to emerge, with pressure
felt in the prostate both during and after urination. The prostate
is enlarged, and impotence may also be a problem. People who need
this remedy often suffer from digestive problems with gas and
bloating, and have an energy slump in the late afternoon.
Prostate problems with discomfort after urination and pains that
extend to the pelvis or into the bladder (often worse when the man
is lying on his back) suggest a need for this remedy. There may also
be a bland, thick, yellow discharge from the penis. Pulsatilla
is usually suited to emotional individuals who want a lot of
affection and feel best in open air.
Sabal serrulata: A frequent urge to
urinate at night, with difficulty passing urine, and a feeling of
coldness in the sexual organs, suggest a need for this remedy. It is
sometimes also used in lower potencies for urinary incontinence in
older men. This remedy is made from saw palmetto which is also used
as an herbal extract for similar prostate problems.
This remedy may be indicated if a man feels burning pain in his
urinary passage even when urine is not flowing, and urine retention
is troublesome. Men who are likely to respond to Staphysagria
are often sentimental and romantic, and may also have problems with
impotence (most often caused by shyness).
When the prostate is enlarged, and the person has a frequent urge to
urinate, with cutting or burning pain felt near the bladder neck,
this remedy may bring relief. After urine passes, a dribbling
sensation may be felt. A forked or divided urine stream is sometimes
seen when this remedy is needed.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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