The prostate is a small yet very important organ of the male reproductive system. The basic function of this gland is to create a fluid that protects and nourishes the sperm. It is located under the bladder and around it passes the urethra, the duct by which urine is conveyed out of the body from the bladder and which in men also conveys semen.
The prostate is the size of a walnut in young men, but later in life it increases – in a forty-year-old it is already the size of an apricot, and in a sixty-year-old it is the size of a lemon. Its functioning depends on the male sex hormone, testosterone. If the prostate becomes too large it will press on the bladder and the urinary tract and will make it difficult or impossible to urinate easily. Problems that can occur with this gland are a very painful inflammation – prostatitis, an enlarged prostate that presses on the urethra and makes it difficult to urinate – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and in the worst case prostate cancer.
In addition to causing severe aches in the prostate area, prostatitis is also the cause of very frequent urination, painful ejaculations and urination, lower back pain, fever and a feeling of general malaise. It can be caused by a bacterial infection, but not necessarily so. Prostatic hyperplasia is less painful, but is accompanied by a huge amount of discomfort because, in addition to the urge to urinate frequently, urination is very difficult, the urine stream is weak and intermittent and blood in urine can also occur.
Fortunately, prostatitis and hyperplasia do not increase the risk of prostate cancer; however, the symptoms of cancer and hyperplasia are very similar. Symptoms of prostate cancer are: difficulty urinating, frequent urination, especially at night, a thin and intermittent stream of urine, pain and burning when urinating, blood in urine or semen, painful ejaculations, aches in the back, hips and the pelvis. The risk of developing cancer increases after the age of 50, especially in men who eat a lot of unhealthy fats and if there is already a history of the disease that runs in the family.
It is probably unnecessary to mention that the quality of life in men suffering from these problems is under threat. That is why, every man after the age of 30 should do regular check-ups and monitor the condition of his prostate. Changes in urination – blood in urine, tingling and frequency – should not be ignored, because a neglected condition can cause additional problems, such as kidney infection, or even kidney failure.
In addition to regular check-ups, prevention is necessary. A controlled diet rich in vitamins, fibres and healthy fats, physical activity and intake of sufficient amounts of fluids, especially water, are the best things you can do for your urinary tract. There is also one plant that has an exceptional anti-inflammatory effect and the ability to reduce prostate edema: it is hoary willow-herb or small-flowered hairy willow-herb – Epilobii herba.
This seemingly inconspicuous plant contains flavonoids, beta sitosterols, glycosides, gallic and ellagic acids, tannins, triterpenic acids and phytosterols. The Committee for Herbal Medicinal Products of the European Medical Agency confirmed that willow-herb relieves the symptoms of lower urinary tract disorders related to hyperplasia and that it can reduce inflammations and aches. The same committee confirmed that the plant is safe to use and that there are no reported contraindications.
Small-flowered willow-herb is one of the five plants that is part of the natural herbal preparation Hipoprostat. These drops, in a formula recommended by eminent world experts, have bacteriostatic, bactericidal and diuretic effects; they eliminate toxins, harmful metabolites and free radicals. Hipoprostat increases the vitality of the prostate, facilitates and reduces the frequency of urination and protects the entire urinary tract. Regular use of these drops prevents big and painful problems and thus improves the quality of life of men. Do not wait for a problem to emerge, it is better to prevent it!