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12 Natural Ways to Treat an Enlarged Prostate
Apples, onions, capers, and many other vegetables contain a flavonoid called quercetin. Lab studies have shown that quercetin can help to block the growth of cancer cells in the prostate. One small study showed significant improvement in symptoms of those who had chronic prostatitis. Try to add more of these foods in your diet to help reduce your symptoms.
8. Sitz Bath
A sitz bath is an old fashioned method that really works when it comes to soothing an enlarged prostate. The hot bath relaxes the pelvic muscles, and promotes healing. The cold bath eases pain and reduces swelling.
You will need a bathtub and a large enough container to sit in to use this method. Fill the bathtub with very warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt to the bath water. Now fill the other container (a child’s old plastic bathtub works well) with cold water and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to this water. Now, sit in the hot bath for 3 minutes. Then change tubs and sit in the cold water for 1 minute. Repeat this process 2 or 3 times, always ending with the cold water. You can enjoy a sitz bath three or four times each week to help relieve the symptoms.
9. Pumpkin Seeds
This is a tasty way to help an enlarged prostate shrink in size. Pumpkin seeds are naturally diuretic, which will help to improve urine flow. These tasty little green seeds are also high in zinc. Studies show that most men with prostate problems tend to be deficient in zinc. Pumpkin seeds also have omega-3 fatty acids, which also help to aid in the function of the prostate. Try eating pumpkin seeds roasted but with no added salt. All you need is a handful each day to get your daily zinc requirements. Find out more reasons why you should eat pumpkin seeds.
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