The prostate is a walnut sized gland that lies between the rectum and the pubic bone. Only men have a prostate. It surrounds the urethra at the urinary bladder opening and it plays a role in processing seminal fluid.
A non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland in men, which occurs with natural ageing, is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An enlarged prostate gland affects nearly 20% of the men at the age of 40yrs, 70% at age 60 and 90% by the age of 80yrs. Although prostate enlargement is a normal process of ageing, sometimes the growth is rapid and may need medical intervention. An accurate diagnosis of BPH is required before starting any treatment.
Theayurvedic name for the prostrate is asashteela which means a small stone used to sharpen swords, a hard gland present below umbilical. When the gland is affected by excess vata, it gives rise to a condition called vathaashteela.