The Male Reproductive System
The Prostate Gland
The prostate gland is a walnut sized structure that is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate gland contributes additional fluid to the ejaculate, that also helps to nourish the sperm. The urethra, which carries ejaculate as well as urine from the bladder to the exterior, also runs through the centre of the prostate gland.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
BPH is a benign swelling of the internal glands of the prostate. It is the most common complaint of the prostate and swelling can start from the age of 30 years. Blockage can be caused by a build up of debris from prostatic fluid and lymph. The blockages can often lead to swelling, pain and inflammation.
The symptoms of BPH may be painful or difficult urination, retention of urine and eventual infection, incompetence and dribbling of urine and blood in the urine.
The causes of BPH are thought to be due to arteriosclerosis, obesity, inflammation and decreasing testosterone levels, although the exact cause is unclear. Excessive consumption of red meat, animal fat and dairy products are also thought to contribute, as they encourage swelling and abnormal tissue growth.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® may help to treat and prevent this condition by relieving pelvic congestion and stagnation of fluids.