Showing posts with label men's health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label men's health. Show all posts

2012-03-21

Ayurvedic Remedies for Prostate Problems

Prostate, the small organ below the urinary bladder in males has significant role to play in both- sexual activity and urination. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body and produces seminal fluid discharged from penis during sexual stimulation. Prostate problems include the very common prostatitis- the inflammation of the prostate gland. Ayurveda recognizes two specific prostate problems-
  • Mootrakruchra - painful urination, and
  • Mootraghaata - suppression of urination.
They are, in fact, symptoms of prostate problems. Apart from these two main symptoms, other symptoms include problematic urine flow, dribbling, increased urination, hematuria (blood in urine), urinary tract infection and urinary retention.

Herbal Remedies for Prostate Gland Problems

Ayurveda suggests many herbs for the treatment of prostate gland problems:

Punarnava or Hog Weed (Boerhaavia diffusa) – It is useful in all urinary problems caused due to prostate ailments.

Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca scariola) -The bitter tonic of its leaves is very effective in treatment of enlarged prostate gland.

Shalaba mishri or Salep Orchid (Orchis mascula) - Useful where prostate problems are due to vata vitiation.

Gokshura or Small Caltrop (Tribulus terrestris) - This Indian herb, tribulus terrestris, http://www.ayurveda-herbal-remedy.com/indian-herbs/tribulus-terrestris.html is useful in treatment of urinary complications caused due to prostate problems. Its fruit is boiled in two cups of water till it is reduced to half the amount and drunk after mixing sugar in it.

Home Remedies for Prostate Gland Problems

Some remedies for prostate problems are available as common ingridients at home:
  • If having enlarged prostate, eat a mixture of juniper berries and parslane.
  • Eat more tomatoes to avoid prostate infections.
  • If experiencing prostate problems, have alternate cold and hot hip baths for about ten minutes daily.
Remaining sexually active is advisable but over indulgence is prohibited by ayurveda. Regular exercise, even walks or mild exercises are a must. Never suppress the urge to urinate. Don't sit on a hard stool for longer periods. If doing desk job, get a soft ergonomic chair to sit on. Quit smoking and alcohol, especially if you are overweight. Taking these precautions will certainly keep the prostate problems at bay.

2012-01-27

Ayurvedic Remedies for Prostate Problems

Prostate, the small organ below the urinary bladder in males has significant role to play in both- sexual activity and urination. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body and produces seminal fluid discharged from penis during sexual stimulation. Prostate problems include the very common prostatitis- the inflammation of the prostate gland. Ayurveda recognizes two specific prostate problems-
  • Mootrakruchra - painful urination, and
  • Mootraghaata - suppression of urination.
They are, in fact, symptoms of prostate problems. Apart from these two main symptoms, other symptoms include problematic urine flow, dribbling, increased urination, hematuria (blood in urine), urinary tract infection and urinary retention.

Herbal Remedies for Prostate Gland Problems

Ayurveda suggests many herbs for the treatment of prostate gland problems:

Punarnava or Hog Weed (Boerhaavia diffusa) – It is useful in all urinary problems caused due to prostate ailments.

Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca scariola) -The bitter tonic of its leaves is very effective in treatment of enlarged prostate gland.

Shalaba mishri or Salep Orchid (Orchis mascula) - Useful where prostate problems are due to vata vitiation.

Gokshura or Small Caltrop (Tribulus terrestris) - This Indian herb, tribulus terrestris, is useful in treatment of urinary complications caused due to prostate problems. Its fruit is boiled in two cups of water till it is reduced to half the amount and drunk after mixing sugar in it.

Home Remedies for Prostate Gland Problems

Some remedies for prostate problems are available as common ingridients at home:
  • If having enlarged prostate, eat a mixture of juniper berries and parslane.
  • Eat more tomatoes to avoid prostate infections.
  • If experiencing prostate problems, have alternate cold and hot hip baths for about ten minutes daily.
Remaining sexually active is advisable but over indulgence is prohibited by ayurveda. Regular exercise, even walks or mild exercises are a must. Never suppress the urge to urinate. Don't sit on a hard stool for longer periods. If doing desk job, get a soft ergonomic chair to sit on. Quit smoking and alcohol, especially if you are overweight. Taking these precautions will certainly keep the prostate problems at bay.

2011-10-31

Health Benefits of Regular Exercise For Men

Are you of a temperament why bother working out? whose got time to walk? Then this article is very important for you to read and find out what regular exercise can do for you.

When you were in your former college and baseball player, you loved working out. You got real pleasure out of pushing yourself hard at the gym, and then you liked the feeling of tired but virtuous afterwards. You figured regular physical activity and its health benefits would always be a part of your life.

But then came marriage, three kids, a demanding job as a software engineer — and a thousand and one excuses not to make it to the gym. “For a little while, you convince yourself you’re still in pretty good shape,” You remember. “Sure, you’re a few kgs heavier. Sure, your blood pressure’s a few points higher. But you’re still pretty healthy, right?”

Well, maybe not. By the time you hit 40, You were 15 kgs heavier than you had been in college. Your blood pressure was nudging up into the danger zone, and your cholesterol level was just on the borderline of worrisome. And yes you might have come across peop\le your age or your father who had been rushed into surgery for a heart bypass operation after suddenly becoming short of breath one day while on a bike ride. “Believe me, you don’t want to go there?

So what is your safeguards to avoid such situation? A lot of middle-aged men like you know the dilemma. As family & work life become more demanding, exercise begins to drop lower on the list of priorities. Sure, you know it’s supposed to be important. But when the lawn needs mowing and the kids want attention, it’s harder to justify lacing up your running shoes for a good workout. Eventually, it’s easy to think, “Why bother?”

 Staying active throughout your life is the single most powerful way to remain healthy and live long enough to enjoy your family and all the things you’ve worked for.

So learn the health benefits and what all you can check on if you do regular exercise.

Exercise Health Benefit 1: Lower cholesterol Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) so-called bad cholesterol gradually increase as most men get older, and  Levels of good cholesterol, called high-density lipoprotein (HDL), tend to fall. Unfortunately, this leads to excess cholesterol accumulation on the inner lining of blood vessels, leading to arthrosclerosis and heart attacks.  The best way to keep LDL cholesterol levels down is to eat a diet low in saturated fat (the kind found in meat and high-fat dairy products.) The single best way to boost good HDL cholesterol? Exercise & Yoga.

Exercise Health Benefit 2: Lower triglyceridesTriglycerides are a form of fat found in the blood. Rising triglyceride levels are associated with increased risk of heart disease. Even the most active men also had the lowest triglyceride levels. Exercise helps fightinh this triglycerides.

Exercise Health Benefit 3: Lower Risk of High Blood PressureBlood pressure levels increases as men get older, also the risk of heart disease and stroke accelerates.It has been observed that the more physically active the men are, the lower their risk of developing hypertension and the risk of blood pressure.


Exercise Health Benefit 4: Reduced inflammation
Regular exercises performed by men, has shown the reduced levels of C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation. That matters because cholesterol-laden plaques on the lining of arteries are most likely to break off and cause heart attacks when they become inflamed.

Exercise Health Benefit 5: Lower Risk of Diabetes
Adult onset diabetes is fueled mostly by too much body fat and its also one of the biggest health worries. Staying active can help you keep the weight off.

Last but not least to respond appropriately to changing demands for oxygen, blood vessels should be flexible enough to widen and narrow. Cholesterol build-up, smoking, and sometimes just plain aging tend to stiffen vessels, increasing the chances of heart attack. But fortunately, a growing number of studies has shown that exercise training helps maintain the ability of blood vessels to open and contracts in response to changing physical demands.

Easy way is pick one activity that interests you and just make that as your stress buster, follow that religiously and enjoy that as your passion and not a boring exercise routine.

So be active, stay healthy and live long!

2011-10-17

Pancreatic Cancer: Apple Founder Steve Jobs Battled Pancreatic Cancer for Years

Pancreatic cancer usually goes undetected until it's advanced. By the time symptoms occur, diagnosing pancreatic cancer is usually relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, a cure is rarely possible at that point. Diagnosing pancreatic cancer usually happens when someone comes to the doctor after experiencing weeks or months of symptoms. Pancreatic cancer symptoms frequently include abdominal pain, weight loss, or jaundice (yellow skin).

Pancreatic cancer has gained attention from the diagnoses of several prominent figures, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who was diagnosed in 2003 and died Oct. 5, 2011. Jobs had an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of the disease. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actor Patrick Swayze have also faced pancreatic cancer. Swayze died in 2009. The lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.


So what are the Pancreatic cancer facts
  • Most pancreatic cancers are adenocarcinomas.
  • Few patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have identifiable risk factors.
  • Pancreatic cancer is highly lethal.
  • Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose, and the diagnosis is often made late in the disease course. Symptoms include weight loss, back pain, and jaundice.
  • The only curable treatment is surgical removal of all cancer.
  • Chemotherapy after surgery can lower the chances of the cancer returning.
  • Chemotherapy for metastatic pancreatic cancer can extend life and improve the quality of life for people with the disease.
  • Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are encouraged to seek out clinical trials to improve pancreatic cancer treatment.
  • Many organizations exist to help provide information and support for patients and families fighting pancreatic cancer.

What is the pancreas, and what is the function of the pancreas?
The pancreas is an organ in the abdomen that sits in front of the spine above the level of the belly button. It performs two main functions: first, it makes insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels, and second: it makes enzymes, which help break down proteins. Enzymes help digestion by chopping proteins into smaller parts so that they can be more easily absorbed by the body and used for energy. Enzymes leave the pancreas via a system of tubes called "ducts" that connect the pancreas to the intestines. The pancreas sits deep in the belly and is in close proximity to many important structures such as the small intestine (the duodenum) and the bile ducts, as well as important blood vessels and nerves.

How is cancer of the pancreas treated?
Cancer of the pancreas is curable only when it is found in its earliest stages, before it has spread. Otherwise, it is very difficult to cure. However, it can be treated, symptoms can be relieved, and the quality of the patient's life can be improved.
Treatment for pancreatic cancer depends on a number of factors. Among these are the type, size, and extent of the tumor as well as the patient's age and general health. Treatment can consist of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or possibly biological therapy.





Surgery may be necessary to treat pancreatic cancer.
Surgery may be done to remove all or part of the pancreas. Sometimes it is also necessary to remove a portion of the stomach, the duodenum, and other nearby tissues. This operation is called a Whipple procedure. In cases where the cancer in the pancreas cannot be removed, the surgeon may be able to create a bypass around the common bile duct or the duodenum if either is blocked.


Radiation therapy may be used to treat pancreatic cancer.
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) uses high-powered radiation to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing. Radiation is usually given five days a week for five to six weeks. This schedule helps to protect normal tissue by spreading out the total dose of radiation. The patient doesn't need to stay in the hospital for radiation therapy.

Radiation is also being studied as a way to kill cancer cells that remain in the area after surgery. In addition, radiation therapy can help relieve pain or digestive problems when the common bile duct or duodenum is blocked.

Chemotherapy may be used to treat pancreatic cancer
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. When cancer occurs, cells in the body that are not normal keep dividing and forming more cells without control. Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells by stopping them from growing or multiplying. However, healthy cells can also be harmed, causing side effects. These cells usually repair themselves after chemotherapy.

Treatment may consist of just one drug or a combination of drugs. It may be given by mouth or by injection into a muscle or vein. The drugs enter the bloodstream and travel through the body. Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles; a treatment period is followed by a recovery period, then another treatment period, and so on.

Biological therapy may be used to treat pancreatic cancer
Biological therapy is treatment designed to stimulate or restore the ability of the body's immune system (natural internal defense) to fight infection and disease. Biological therapy is also called biotherapy or immunotherapy. This form of treatment uses portions of the body's natural immune system to treat a disease. Biological therapy is also used to protect the body from some of the side effects of certain treatments.

Biological therapy often involves the use of substances called biological response modifiers (BRMs). The body normally produces these substances in small amounts in response to infection and disease. Using modern laboratory techniques, scientists can produce BRMs in large amounts for use in the treatment of the cancer.

What happens after treatment for pancreatic cancer?
Follow-up care after treatment for pancreatic cancer is an important part of the overall treatment plan. Patients should not hesitate to discuss follow-up with their doctor. Regular checkups ensure that any changes in health are noticed. Any problem that develops can be found and treated. Checkups may include a physical exam, laboratory tests, and imaging procedures.

What support can pancreatic cancer patients seek?
Being diagnosed with cancer is a physically and emotionally trying experience. Patients worry about the future, caring for themselves or their families, keeping their jobs, or continuing daily activities. Concerns about treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common.

Support groups can be helpful, where patients or their family members can get together to share what they have learned about coping with their disease and the effects of treatment. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health-care team can answer questions about treatment, diet, working, or other matters. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to those who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for financial aid, transportation, home care, emotional support, or other services

Cancer programs and services.
Many avenues for support exist within the local community and beyond, both for the patient and for the patient's family and friends. Here are a list of programs and services for cancer patients.

Pancreatic Support Groups
Pancreatic Cancer Association

2011-10-11

Enhance Fertility: Male Infertility Treatments

Male infertility refers to the inability of a male to achieve a pregnancy in a fertile female. Fertility depends upon the fertility of both the partners. Any fault in either partner can lead to infertility. Studies have shown that 40% of infertility is due to the male partner. The commonest reason, is a low sperm count, which can be attributed to various causes.

There are many ways to enhance fertility: With advanced medical technology, male infertility can be treated. Some male infertility causes can be treated through surgery. The other treatments may include: » Incase of infections, treatment with antibiotics is possible.

» Surgical operations which help to remove a varicocele, reverse a vasectomy, or repair a duct obstruction
» Medications or fertility drugs to improve sperm production » In extreme cases, when there is no success in the above treatments or the male infertility caise is untreatable or not known, IUI treatment or IVF treatment may be suggested.

Other Methods for Infertility Treatment

» Smoking & excessive alcohol intake is associated with low sperm counts. These habits should be discontinued.

» Stop using drugs such as body-building steroids & illicit drugs. Other medication such as antihypertensives should also be reviewed in the light of effect on sperm count.

» Most importantly the frequency of intercourse should be increased, so that chances of conception increase.

» Men should wear loose fitting underwear and cool clothes and avoid high temperature baths like saunas etc.

» It is advisable that when the couple is planning pregnancy, intercourse is done in a proper position and using proper technique.

» Lubricants such petroleum jelly etc. should be avoided.
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Resources on Male Infertility

2010-03-17

Erectile Dysfunction Easy Remedies

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. It is a frustrating condition for any man who is desirable of having active sexual life. With the growing age, the chances of erectile dysfunction increases. The good news is that erectile dysfunction can be treated at any age! Ayurveda recommends  “Vajikaran therapy” to treat not only erectile or penile dysfunction but also other sexual problems found in men. Vajikaran increases the strength of a man to perform sexual activity with the vigor equivalent to that of a horse (' Vaaji' means horse in Sanskrit). However, if the problem of erectile dysfunction is only occasional, it can be tackled with certain remedies meant for erectile dysfunction. Before knowing these remedies, one must know what is erectile dysfunction and what are its causes so that he may stick to the recommended measures that require certain lifestyle changes as also changes in food habits and physical, mental activities. 

Do not take physical or mental stress: Stress is one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction. Work towards solving your day to day problems but don't let them destroy or mental peace. Yoga and meditation can reduce and also prevent anxiety, depression and stress. Learn meditation and yoga if you find yourself unable to handle stress.

Make yourself physically active: Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise daily and regularly. If you can't do heavy exercises, at least take brisk walk for about 40 minutes a day. Many studies state that men who exercise regularly face the problem of erectile dysfunction less than those who do not. Obesity is one of the causes of erectile dysfunction. Exercises will help reduce weight which in turn helps in increasing testosterone level (the male hormone) along with sexual energy and stamina. It keeps diabetes at bay which is also one of the causes of erectile dysfunction.

Do not get addicted to harmful substances: Smoking, too much alcohol, drugs, marijuana, heroin, cocaine etc. all cause erectile dysfunction. Quit smoking and get rid of all other drugs.  Smoking is known for formation of plaques in arteries (atherosclerosis) which obstruct the blood flow (even to the penis). If you can't avoid, at least consume alcohol in moderation.

Change your lifestyle for better: Avoid working for long hours at a stretch. This makes your body muscles weak. Get up from your office seat within regular intervals and walk or indulge in some stress free activities before again going to work. Take a break from regular routine at week ends and spend time with your partner (emotional bonding with your sexual partner is a must. Disliking for her is the major cause of erectile dysfunction). Try to maintain happy and comfortable atmosphere at home which is very essential to stimulate sexual desire and keep you sexually healthy. Sleep for adequate time required by your body. Take herbal oil massage for your whole body at least once a week (if not possible make it once every two weeks). According to Ayurveda, “Abhyanga” or full body massage is the best aphrodisiac. Avoid hot, spicy and bitter foods which imbalance vata (sweet foods are good for sexual desire but watch your weight too while indulging in too much sweets!)

Some Tips for Sexual Activities: Anxiety about 'performance' is a major hindrance in getting and maintaining an erection. Do not fear about not getting hard erections. Don't doubt your ability to satisfy your partner, which leads to psychological erectile dysfunction. If you indulge too much in masturbating, then reduce the frequency of masturbation. Masturbating twice a week is good enough. Do not control your natural urges. If trying to overcome erectile dysfunction, do not indulge in intercourse daily. Give at least 3-4 days gap between two intercourses.

If, after taking all these measures, you do not see any remarkable improvement in your erectile dysfunction, help yourself with some herbal supplements but under expert supervision. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any herb for treating erectile dysfunction. Many herbs are considered excellent aphrodisiacs such as Ashwagandha, Safed musli, Shilajit etc. Shilajit, in fact, is known as Indian Viagra for its superb aphrodisiac effects.