Prostate cancer occurs in the male prostate gland. Prostate gland is a small walnut shaped male accessory gland located near the bladder that produces the seminal fluid. A common type of cancer that occurs in men is prostate cancer.
Though a serious disease, it is not a very common cause of death in men.
Prostate cancer is characterized by slow growth usually restricted to the prostate gland. In many such cases treatment may not be required. However there are other types which are aggressive and spread quickly.
Stages of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer usually occurs in four stages
This is the earliest stage of prostate cancer and usually stays in the area of the prostate. The cancer cells at this stage are usually not aggressive. This is normally a very small sized tumor.
At this stage the cancel cells appear aggressive under a microscope Cancer at this stage may still be considered small, but may be considered aggressive when cancer cells are viewed under the microscope. Stage 2 prostate cancer can be large sometimes and may have spread to both sides of the prostate glands. Still at this stage other organs are lymph nodes are not involved.
This characterizes the spread of the cancer cells outside the prostate to the nearby tissues and sacs.
Stage 4 prostate cancer constitutes the invasion of organs around the prostate and beyond the lymph nodes to bones, lungs and other organs.
Western Interpretation and Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer
A specific cause of prostate cancer is not known amongst Western physicians. It is however known that this type of cancer is caused by an abnormality of prostate cells and that the abnormal cells grow faster than the normal ones. Fast growing abnormal cells comprise a tumor that spreads to nearby tissue and organs.
Certain factors increase the risk of contracting prostate cancer-
- Age of more than 65
- Ethnicity – black men are more prone
- Family history
- Nationality – more common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia, and Caribbean islands
Common symptoms in advanced stages include-
- Trouble urinating
- Less force in stream of urine
- Blood in urine
- Blood in semen
- Swelling in legs
- Discomfort in pelvic region
- Bone pain
How is Prostate Cancer Screened & Diagnosed?
Whether screening of men for prostate cancer is beneficial is an issue that is hotly debated. The screening process includes digital rectal exams (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests. An abnormality on a DRE or PSA test may prompt the physician to recommend an ultrasound or prostate biopsy.
How do you determine whether it is aggressive and how far it has spread?
If a biopsy confirms cancerous cells the tissues are further studied and compared with healthy cells. The more the difference between the healthy and cancer cells the more aggressive the cancer is considered and the more likely they are to spread faster. More aggressive cancer cells are graded higher. Imaging tests are recommended to determine how it has spread.
Western Treatment and Prevention
Treatment of prostate cancer according to western medicine depends on the speed of growth of cancer cells, how far it has spread, the general health of the patient and how potentially beneficial or harmful the treatment may be.
Treatments may include:
Radiation therapy (High-powered energy to kill cancer cells)
This option is for early and late stages of the cancer.
- painful urination
- frequent urination
- urgent urination
- loose stools
- pain when passing stools
- erectile dysfunction occur
This therapy is to prevent the body from producing testosterone which helps the prostate cancer cells to grow. It is usually recommended for men in advanced and early stages to shink the tumor and slow the growth.
loss of bone mass
reduced sex drive
increased risk of heart disease and heart attack
Surgery for prostate cancer is performed to remove the prostate gland, nearby tissue and lymph nodes.
Cryosurgery or Cryoablation
This involves freezing the prostate tissue to kill cancer cells. It is usually recommended when radiation has not been of much help.
The prostate tissue is heating using ultrasound waves, killing the cancer cells.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill rapidly growing cells, including cancer cells.
Surveillance or active surveillance involves a regime of regular blood tests, rectal exams and biopsies to track the progression of the cancer. This option is considered only for men in very early stages of prostate cancer and when it is not causing symptoms.
Western medicine recommends the following to prevent prostate cancer:
Avoiding red meat and high fat dairy products
Drinking green tea
Ayurvedic Interpretation of Prostate Cancer
According to Ayurveda prostate cancer is a result of the vitiation of the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha. Prostate cancer is a reflection of the physical, emotional and spiritual relathionship that a man has had with his reproductive functions and consequently his whole body.
It is known that prostate cancer arises from the following:
- A combination of doshic disturbances in the shukra dhatu
- Accumulation of ama around the prostate gland
- Accumulation of the other two doshas due to the above
- Tridoshic provocation
In addition other subtle causes also play a role:
- Toxic environment
- Devitalized foods
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Lack of spiritual purpose or effort in life
- Suppressed emotion or emotional stagnation
- Imbalances or blockages of energy
Treatment in Ayurveda and Prevention
Ayurvedic management of prostate cancer involves treatment on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
This treatment involves taking herbs internally or applying a paste over the tumor. These include herbal poultices, herbal purgatives, herbal emetics and hot plasters. Herbs are also used to improve urogenital health and slow down the growth of the tumor.
Tonification & Purification
In the early stages of prostate cancer patients are prescribed a period of purification and then tonification to reduce ama and excess dosha and to boost their immune system.
Improving the Digestive System
Ayurveda prescribes a healthy digestive system to heal all the tissues of the body. This can be managed by removing ama, following a proper diet and applying herbs, vamana, virechana and basti appropriately.
Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Treatment
This form of Ayurvedic treatment may include:
- Periods of Silence
- Oil therapies
- Positive Visualisations
- Spending time in nature
- Staying socially active
Ayurvedic medication has proved to be extremely effective in prostate cancer. It treats the condition by:
- Shrinking the tumor
- Relieving symptoms of prostate enlargement
- Reducing PSA levels
Ayurvedic medication has the additional benefit that it can be taken along with both radiotherapy and chemotherapy and will help to reduce their side effects.
Nirogam offers a combination of 6 Ayurvedic herbs that fight all kinds of cancers and especially prostate cancer. This combination works to:
- Stop the tumor from growing
- Stop the cancer from spreading
- Improve the results of ongoing treatment
- Rejuvenate the cells
- Optimize functioning of the cells
- Boost stamina
- Improve sexual health
- Prevent urinary tract infections
- Regulate the flow of urine
- Prevent infections
Medication and Dosage
- Curcumin – 2 tablets twice a day
- Ashwagandha -2 tablets twice a day
- Guggulu – 2 tablets twice a day
- Chandraprabha Vati – 2 tablets thrice a day
- Tulsi capsules – 2 tablets twice a day
- Kanchanar guggulu -2 tablets thrice a day
All of the above are to be consumed after meals and can be taken together. It is advised to consume natural foods, juices, leafy vegetables etc. and to avoid, fried stuff, packaged food, citrus fruits, meat, frozen food, alcohol and caffeine to enhance the effectiveness of the medication.
- Tablets made from natural, vegetarian ingredients with no gelatin
- Highly potent pure herb powders free from any chemicals are used for all products
- Quality of all ingredients is standardized.
- Tablets are made purely from standardized 100% natural herb extracts
The western methods of treating prostate cancer have both their strengths and weaknesses. The risk of over-treatment in the early stages of the condition is frequently observed with serious results in terms of side-effects. The invasive nature of western treatments for prostate cancer is many a times more severe than the disease itself.
Ayurveda on the other hand is based on nature and natural healing processes, this makes it completely harmless in terms of side-effects while giving excellent results in terms of managing and treating prostate cancer.
If you have prostate cancer running in your family, talk to your doctor about early detection and prevention.
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