In this post, we’ll unpack all you need to know about prostate according to Ayurveda, defining exactly what it is, how Ayurveda views it, how to support a healthy functioning prostate and more.
What Is The Prostate?
The prostate is a walnut sized gland that is only present in men. It is responsible for secreting a thin, milky substance that nourishes and protects sperm and lubricates the urethra.
The Ayurvedic Lens
The Ayurvedic name for the prostate is asashteela which translates from Sanskrit to “a small stone used to sharpen swords.”
According to Ayurveda, the prostate’s secretion supports the flow of Shukra Dhatu, which is reproductive tissue.
When the prostate is affected by excess Vata dosha, it gives rise to a condition known in Ayurveda as vathaashteela, which is comparable to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
BPH is a non-cancerous growth of the gland and affects nearly 20% of men at age 40, 70% of men at age 60 and 90% of men at age 80. While problems are more prevalent in older men, the imbalances begin earlier in life.
What Causes Prostate Issues?
Ultimately, the main factor that causes the majority of prostate problems is Ama ― toxic by-products of metabolism as a result of weak digestion.
When Ama accumulates in the body, it gradually impairs Praṇa (life-force energy), Ojas (the immune system) and Tejas (cell metabolism), ultimately leading to sickness and disease.
How To Support A Healthy Functioning Prostate
Ayurvedic management of an enlarged prostate involves restoring balance by pacifying aggravated Vata Dosha and strengthening the urinary system.
Ayurveda provides a whole range of actions that we can take to help support a healthy functioning prostate and not only prevent the growth of it, but also facilitate the shrinkage of it, leading to an enhanced quality of life. The following actions are recommended:
- Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid coffee.
- Avoid cold temperatures.
- Avoid foods which cause constipation.
- Avoid liquids before bed.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Consume herbs and spices including turmeric, fenugreek, mint, cumin, fennel, shatavari, shilajeet, ashwagandha and gokshura.
- Consume sweet and juicy fruits.
- Consume tri-doshic foods.
- Do pelvic floor muscle exercises.
- Ensure regular bowel movements.
- Fully empty your bladder when urinating.
- Minimise stress.
- Optimise digestion.
- Sit on hard furniture instead of soft whenever possible.
- Stay hydrated.
- Stay physically active.
- Stay sexually active.
- Take time to urinate when it is convenient, even if there is no urge.
- Urinate as soon as the urge arises.
The prostate is a small gland that is exclusive to men which supports the flow of reproductive tissue.
By harnessing the knowledge and wisdom of Ayurveda, not only can men prevent the growth of prostrate, but they can also encourage the shrinkage of it.