Yoga eases prostate cancer treatment problems

Men, let’s face it the harsh treatment that you’ll receive for prostate cancer will almost certainly give you trouble “down there” – in both the bedroom AND the bathroom.

Plus, that “zap” of radiation will likely sap you of your energy.

Talk about getting hit below the belt.

But according to a new study, you can knock out the side effects of radiation and take your symptoms “to the mat”… with a yoga mat!

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that men who were receiving radiation for prostate cancer felt less fatigued… had fewer bathroom problems… and performed better in the bedroom when they took yoga classes.

And all it took was taking just two yoga classes of 75 minutes each per week!

Over the course of six to nine weeks, in fact, the men taking yoga actually began to GAIN energy as the classes went on. The men who didn’t partake in “downward dog” and other animal-inspired yoga poses, however, just got more and more tired as the radiation ravaged their bodies.

The yoga students also didn’t suffer the incontinence that’s so common with radiation treatments aimed at the prostate.

What’s more, the men taking yoga also reported NO CHANGE in sexual function during radiation therapy – and most men will tell you that being able to keep their manhood while getting treated “down there” is priceless.

Yoga is known to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, which may explain why it helps with sexual and urinary problems. And if you’re getting a boost of energy from it too, well, that can only help when you’re in bed but the last thing you want to be doing is sleeping.

If you’ve never done yoga before, don’t fret. You don’t have to be an expert “yogi” to reap the benefits – because the men in the study were all new to yoga.

And you don’t have to twist yourself into a “pretzel” right away. There are special classes for beginners that will introduce you to this ancient practice at the right pace.

If you’re a regular Health eTips reader, you know I’m a big fan of yoga as a natural remedy for everything from depression to back pain to brain health.

But you also know I’m not such a big fan of radiation unless it’s absolutely necessary.

If you’ve been diagnosed with early stage, low-risk prostate cancer, you might want to hold off on this aggressive treatment until you’ve explored other natural alternatives. Make sure you get a second opinion before you allow any radiologist to take aim at your manhood.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

It’s Yoga to the Rescue for Prostate Cancer Patients, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_164625.html

Impact of Eischens Yoga During Radiation Therapy on Prostate Cancer Patient Symptoms and Quality of Life: A Randomized Phase II Trial, redjournal.org/article/S0360-3016(17)30744-7/abstract

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