A visit to a friends place surprised me to see a division of two mattress on one bed with Macintosh spread. A closer talk and a detailed look had a sad but true tale to tell. Being married for 30 years now, the adjustment and acceptance aspect in a marriage was lacking in this couple’s life. If sex had kept the marriage lively alive and bubbling through various stages, this small fact of the prostate problem had put off my friend so drastically that sex and the sexual organ both became a crime and culprit in her life. A mere bed-wetting and urine dribbling had given a total rejection to the beautiful relationship of marital sex and sexual life that the act of love, love making and sexual satisfaction merely became yesterday’s past and a forgotten future. Both lacked self-confidence to adjust to this changing situation of old-age and the husband made to be given as ‘protest’ because of ‘prostrate’. Life is beautiful to be wasted through the pittance changes of growing years, so if the organ of sex was a joy and pleasure in ‘hay’ days let it not be condemned with in the ‘way’ days. Every man if not all goes through this phase in his life, the wife should make adjustment to understand and never to underestimate her spouse in his difficult moment.
The prostate is a gland about the size and shape of a large walnut and weighs about 20 grams of the male reproductive system, located in front of the rectum and at the base of the bladder. The prostate surrounds a part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. The prostatic urethra ends at the external urethral sphincter. It functions as valve mechanism which provide urinary control in men. Its main role in life is to help with sexual reproduction.
PROSTATE CAUSES MORE MISERY FOR MEN THAN JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER STRUCTURE IN THE BODY DIMINISHING THE QUALITY OF LIFE.
The most common symptom is a urinary problem when the need to urinate is more often, especially at night. The trouble may be to start the urine flow and once started, there is trouble stopping it. That the foreskin may be glued shut and when opened urine may trickle out, stop and start again. Depending on the particular disease, there is pain or burning while urinating, chills and fevers, and pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs. There may be watery or brownish discharges from the penis that are different. Sometimes there is blood also being passed in the urine (haematuria).
Types of Prostatic disease.
There are three different types of disease which affect the prostrate gland, two of which are benign conditions.
- Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate, often caused by a bacterial infection, which are of two types non-bacterial prostatitis and bacterial prostatitis. Doctors divide non-bacterial prostatitis into two categories : Congestive prostatitis and prostatodynia. Congestive prostatitis occurs when too much prostatic fluid, the milky fluid that goes into semen, accumulates within the prostate gland rather than being ejaculated out of the body. Prostatodynia is the term used to describe a condition in which pain seems to be originanting in the prostate, but is much more likely to be coming from the muscles of the floor of the pelvis, from an inflammation in one or more of the pelvic bones, or from a disease in the rectum. Prostatitis can occur in men of any age and generally responds to medication or other treatment.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement, of the prostate. It’s the most common form of prostatic disease. BPH is around 14% in the men in their 40s, 24% in men in their 50s and 43% in men beyond the age of 60. Research suggests that all men will develop BPH if they live long enough and its being called the disease of the old men.
- Prostate cancer is a potentially serious disease because it’s malignant condition. Over a period of time, the cancer cells multiply without control, forming too much tissue and invading and destroying healthy cells nearby, and perhaps spreading to other parts of the body. While prostate cancer can occur in men of all ages, 80% of cases occur in men who are 65 or older.
The diet plays a great significance in management of the disease. A well balanced diet will go a long way in curing and rehabilitating the problem. Evidence shows that diet low in animal food are most likely to recover and respond better and faster. The diet should consist of whole grains, rice, vegetables, beans, lentils, pulses and fruits. All meat, dairy products, refined food products, food with synthetic chemicals and preservatives are strictly to be avoided. Fresh and natural food should be a part of the daily diet. Low-cholesterol, low-fat diet should be the set rule. The subject concerned may cut down on fluids in the evening, especially on alcohol and caffeine since they stimulate urination.
Role of Yoga
Yoga has been described as wisdom in work and skill in action “Yogakarmasukaushalayam”. It is a skilful living amongst activities, harmony and moderation. Yoga is a communion with Brahman (the universal spirit) to secure liberation, to look at life in all aspects evenly.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, chapter I, verses 64-6 says “The young, the old, the extremely aged, even the sick and the infirm obtain perfection in Yoga by constant practice. Success will follow him who practises, not him who practises not. Success in Yoga is not obtained by the mere theoretical reading of sacred texts. Success is not obtained by wearing the dress of a yogi or a sanyasi nor by talking about it. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. And this truth is beyond any doubt.”
The following postures of Yoga will help find a cure to the subject concerned suffering from prostatitis. Jatara Parivartanasana, Salbhasana, Dhanurasana, Baddha Konasana, Janusirasana, Ardha-Matsyendrasana, Mulabandhasana, Mahamudra & Uddiyana.
As sage Patanjali says, “ tivra samveganam asannah” Chp 1.21, which means, “the goal is near for those who are supremely vigorous and intense in practice”.
So get your man to follow the steps of yogasanas which lead him to the joys of bhogasanas
About the Author:
Author, Yoga Teacher, Consultant & Holistic Healer
Carrmine Ireene is a yoga teacher and a holistic healer who has received her training under the direct guidance of Shri Nimbalkar Guruji. A rank-holding teacher of Shri Nimbalkar’s Institution and a practitioner of Shri Iyengar Guruji’s system of yoga, she has to her credit prize certificates, awards & mementos. She is also a follower of Swami Satyananda Saraswatiji’s teachings as well
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