Only in the male reproductive system is the prostate, a small endocrine gland located between the penis and the bladder, near the urethra. This muscular gland helps in sperm production and its distinctive muscle composition allows it to stimulate the movement of sperm during ejaculation.
The male urinary system as well as reproductive health depends on prostate health where the disorder known as BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is characterized by abnormal growth of the prostate gland. Along with prostate cancer, it is cited as the most common prostate problem in men where symptoms of BPH usually appear after the age of 40.
According to statistics, up to 85% of men over the age of 85 suffer from an enlarged prostate and 14 million men suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia in the United States alone. The number of cases is approaching 30 million globally.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, Founder of Akshar Yoga Institutions, Himalaya Yoga Ashram and World Yoga Organization, revealed, “The natural process of aging is believed to be the cause of enlargement of the prostate. This would explain the large number of reported cases worldwide, especially among men over 80. The precise cause of BPH remains a mystery, but according to studies, it results from both the aging process and the hormonal changes that occur at this stage of life. .”
Talking about yoga could be helpful, he said: “It is impossible to refute the results of the many scientific studies on the benefits of yoga. This age-old technique focuses on improving our health while improving all facets of our lives. Regular yoga practice can and will be good for your physical and mental well-being. Yoga’s ability to help people combat prostate growth is therefore not surprising (BPH). Yoga will first help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. It can help the symptoms improve a lot. You can anticipate better bladder control, which will reduce the severity of your BPH symptoms.
He suggested the following yoga therapy:
1. Virasana (hero pose)
Method: Your knees should be bent and your toes should point backwards when you sit between your feet. For additional support, you can sit on a pillow. Keep your spine long and place your hands, palms down, on your thighs. Don’t let your knees bear the weight; keep it in your hips. While you hold the position, you can perform your Kegel exercises. Roll to one side and relax your legs to come out of the pose.
2. Baddha Konasana (Cobbler’s Pose)
Method: Your legs should be in front of you when you sit down. For more hip support, you can sit on the edge of a cushion. Bring the soles of your feet together while bending your knees to the side. To deepen the stretch, pull your heels toward your body; to minimize stretching, pull them apart. You can interlace your fingers and slip them under the sides of your foot at the little toe. After a while, lower your chin to form a forward bend, walk your hands forward and circle your spine. Focus on relaxing and releasing tension while taking deep breaths. Bring your hands up and extend your legs out in front of you to release the position.
Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar concluded, “Reducing stress is a key part of yoga for enlarged prostate. Few people know that stress poses a significant risk for BPH. Symptoms of urinary incontinence can only get worse if you are constantly worried. In men with prostate cancer, yoga has also been shown to reduce treatment-induced symptoms. Yoga is a simple and effective approach to feeling healthier and more relaxed by reducing stress levels.
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