Prostate cancer is a disease that affects many males. While conventional treatment is a must, there are some natural therapies that may be of benefit. Conventional and natural therapies should be used together.
To prevent the progression of prostate cancer, certain dietary measures have been suggested. Cutting back on the amount of red meat that is consumed may be beneficial, as is following a low fat diet. Those that consume the most saturated fats seem to be most at risk of developing the disease. Soybean products may also be useful as they decrease the amount of testosterone in the blood. Tomato products, especially those that have been cooked, contain a phytonutrients known as lycopene which can help to fight off prostate cancer in those who eat it ten or more times a week. Legumes and fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants are also helpful.
Omega 3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA may help to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. The antioxidant, selenium, may also protect against prostate cancer. Vitamin E in the form of gamma tocopherol may help to decrease the risk of getting prostate cancer. A certain form of vitamin D may also be useful in stopping the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Foods and other items that should be avoided include:
There are several herbs that may be helpful in the prevention and management of prostate cancer. These include:
Acupuncture may provide relief in cases where the testes have had to be removed. It can also be used to help manage male hot flashes and also to help to manage the pain that occurs with prostate cancer, especially if it has metastasised. It is not used as a treatment for the cancer itself but rather the symptoms, such as the nausea and vomiting that may result after chemotherapy.
Massage can help with reducing stress. It also improves the function of the immune system. In this way, it can help to relieve the anxiety that is associated with prostate cancer.
While commonly being thought of as something women do, pelvic floor exercises can benefit men as it can help to decrease the incontinence that is sometimes associated with the removal of the prostate.