Common Male Health Problems

Holistic treatments for common male health problems, including andropause, low sexual energy and impotence, premature ejaculation, enlarged prostate and prostatitis.

The most common male health problems involve disorders of the genitourinary system, which includes the bladder, urethra, prostate gland, penis, and testicles. These disorders may encompass infections, weakening of organs, and sexual diseases. For that reason, special attention must be paid to the health of the genitourinary system in order to maintain normal sexual functioning, proper elimination, and sustained immune resistance. This article discusses holistic treatments for common male problems, including andropause, low sexual energy and impotence, premature ejaculation, enlarged prostate and prostatitis.

Although the onset in men is more subtle than in woman, male menopause--called andropause--can cause such symptoms as impotence, weakness, pain, nervous exhaustion, irritability, and profuse sweating with heat intolerance. Adopting a diet of predominantly unprocessed whole foods will have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar, mood swings, and long-term energy. Consuming whole foods, especially essential fatty acids, will help the body produce hormone-like substances called prostaglandins that regulate that regulate many physiological functions, including sexual response.

Impotence once was linked solely to emotional causes or a natural decline in sexual energy due to aging. However, it is now thought that the condition has many other causes as well, including medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, depression, and repression of anger. Similarly, some men who take drugs for high blood pressure have experience varying degrees of impotence. Other factors contributing to impotence include neurological disorders from injury or brain disease, high blood cholesterol, or low levels o the male hormone testosterone. Each case of impotence varies with the individual's environment, age, sexual history, diet, and level of exercise. Current psychological treatments include sensate relaxation training; hypnosis and guide imagery; and group therapies. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is an important part of maintaining a healthy sexual response.

Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual problem among men and the easiest to cure. Ejaculation is a reflex that a man can learn to control in a manner similar to controlling bladder function. Premature ejaculation is often caused by diet-related problems such as obesity, diabetes, and high fat, high cholesterol diets. The problem normally results from an inadequate blood supply to the penis. Males can increase their sexual potency by adopting a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, exercising regularly, not smoking or drinking, and maintaining their ideal body weight.

The prostate, the male sex gland beneath the urinary bladder, is the most common site of disorders in the male genitourinary system. A doughnut-shaped gland, the prostate encircles the urinary outlet, or urethra. Contraction of the muscles in the prostate squeezes fluids into the urethral tract during ejaculation. An enlarged prostate is not cancerous but can cause disability and even serious illness if left untreated. When the prostate becomes too large, it presses against the urethral canal and interferes with normal urination. As a result, urine may back up in the kidneys, subsequently damaging them by excessive pressure and contaminated urine. Bladder infections such as cystitis commonly occur as well. Symptoms typically include progressive urinary frequency, pain, burning, difficulty in starting and stopping urination, and an inability to empty the bladder. Antibiotics and analgesics are sometimes prescribed for prostate enlargement, while new drugs that shrink the prostate are available. Other treatments include Acupuncture; Herbal medicines; Ayurvedic medicine; Hydrotherapy; Nutritional therapies; and Vitamin and Mineral Therapies.

Prostatitis--a condition that usually results from a bacterial infection from another area of the body, which has invaded the prostate--is common among males between the ages of 20 and 50. Non-infective forms of prostatitis may be associated with autoimmune disorders. Prostatitis can partially or totally block the flow of urine out of the bladder, resulting in urine retention. This causes the bladder to become distended, weak, tender, and susceptible to infection due to the increased amount of bacteria in the retained urine. Some symptoms of acute prostatitis include fever, chills, frequent urination accompanied by a burning sensation, pain between the scrotum and rectum, fatigue, and blood or pus in the urine, lower back pain, and impotence. It is important for men who suffer from any of these symptoms to see a physician because the condition may progress to more severe complications, including kidney infection, orchitis (painful swelling of the testicles), and epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis, a tube along the backside of the testicles). Bladder outlet obstruction and prostate stones may also occur if chronic prostatitis remains untreated. Treatment for prostatitis includes Ayurvedic Medicine, which advises patients to reduce sexual activity if their infection is caused by sexual over-stimulation; to drink large amounts of water so that they urinate more frequently. Other treatments include Hydrotherapy and Nutritional Therapies: in some cases, hydrotherapy can increase circulation in the prostate region; one treatment is to sit in a tub filled with cold water while immersing the feet in hot water for one minute. Patients should drink up to eight glasses of spring or distilled water daily to stimulate urine flow, which helps prevent retention, cystitis, and kidney infection.

Prevention of common male health problems is extremely important for men of all ages. Periodic examinations combined with blood tests provide the best method of early detection for prostate enlargement, prostatitis, and other genitourinary problems.

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