The urinary bladder is a muscular sac in the pelvis, just above and behind the pubic bone. When the bladder is empty it is approximately the size and similar shape of a pear. Urine is made in the kidneys and travels down two tubes called ureters to the bladder. The bladder stores the urine, which helps control the flow of urination.
An overactive bladder is a condition where the bladder expels or releases the urine out at the wrong time.
Symptoms of an Overactive Bladder
The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system. It is found in front of the rectum and just below the bladder, the organ where urine is stored. The prostate gland is about the size of a chestnut and is responsible for various functions. The most important is producing seminal fluid, which is a component of semen. It also plays a role in hormone production and helps regulate the flow of urine. Prostate problems are quite common, especially in older men.
The Ayurvedic name for the prostrate is Asashteela which translates as “a small stone used to sharpen swords”. When the gland is affected by excess vata, it causes a condition known in Ayurveda as vathaashteela. As we age, the vata dosha naturally increases in the body and becomes increasingly dominate starting at around age 50. The vitiated vata dosha disturbs the digestive fire which causes ama to form. Ama is a sticky residue caused from weak digestion or incomplete metabolism. Ama is capable of spreading throughout the tissues of the body and can accumulate anywhere including the bladder and prostate gland.
In Ayurveda, Conditions affecting the urinary system and kidneys are broadly termed Mutravaha Srota Roga. Generally, the specific disorders affecting the bladder and urethra are known as Mutraghata which is usually caused by an aggravated vata dosha.
Root Causes for Aggravated Vata Dosha in the Prostate gland
An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause other problems with the bladder and urinary system.
Each person with an enlarged prostate will experience varying stages of symptoms that gradually worsen over time when left untreated.
Common Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate Gland
Ayurveda supports the symptoms of enlarged prostate and bladder by pacifying the aggravated vata dosha and rejuvenating the urinary system. An Ayurvedic health plan supports decreasing the size of the prostate gland and strengthening the muscles and two sphincters found in the bladder. When the persons diet and lifestyle regimen greatly pacifies the aggravated vata dosha it will enhance the quality of life for the person.
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