(Last Updated on : 15/12/2008)
Hydrocele is a common condition of men in which there is accumulation of fluid in the tunica vaginalis, the sac, which surrounds the testicle. It may occur at any age, but old men are usually more prone to the condition.
Symptoms of Hydrocele:
Painless, smooth and elastic enlargement of the scrotum is the main symptom of hydrocele. However, in some cases swelling is so much that a person cannot even walk properly, since there is a lot of pain in the swelling. Consequently it may produce a great deal of pressure upon the testicles and the spermatic vessels causing a detrimental effect upon the generative system. The hydrocele is translucent, but if a bright light is placed upon it in the dark the entire swelling lights up. It is very dangerous in the case of infection, since the swelling becomes very painful.
Causes of Hydrocele:
The apparent cause of hydrocele may be a knock or a strain. However, the main cause can be due to the wrong dietary habits, general wrong living and suppressive medical treatment of former diseases.
Sexual excess and abuse is also an important factor in some cases. Sometimes gonorrheal infection, obstruction of the abdominal vein, tuberculosis and dropsy may be the cause of this condition.
Hydrocele sometimes exists at birth and here, the swelling is seen when the infant is in an upright position and disappears when the infant is laid upon its back. Hydrocele usually disappears by itself in infants.
Treatment of Hydrocele by Nature Cure:
The sufferer from hydrocele should begin with an exclusive fresh fruit diet for seven to ten days, whereby he should have three meals a day of fresh, juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, grape-fruit, oranges, pineapple, peaches, melon or any other juicy fruit in season. However, he should completely avoid bananas or dried, stewed, or tinned fruit. For drinks, lemon water unsweetened or water either hot or cold may be taken.
During this period the bowels should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema. If constipation is habitual, all steps should be taken for its eradication.
After an all-fruit diet the patient may adopt the following regimen:
Fresh fruit as obtainable, or grated raw carrot or other raw salad-stuff, prunes or other dried fruits, if desired and a cup of milk.
Steamed vegetables, as obtainable, with either a poached or scrambled egg or a vegetarian savoury. Stewed fruit or a baked apple may be taken for dessert.
A good-sized raw salad, of any suitable vegetables as obtainable with whole-wheat bread and butter, and prunes or other dried fruit as dessert.
Further short periods on the all-fruit diet should be undertaken at monthly intervals as required, for two or three consecutive days each time. The diet factor is of the utmost importance and fruits and salads must form the main basis of the diet of the future. Here, even the faulty food habits, including the consumption of alcohol, smoking, strong tea, or coffee condiments, pickles and sauces should be avoided.
Treatment through water is extremely beneficial in curing hydrocele. Cold hip baths twice daily in the morning and the evening, for 10 minutes each time, are specially valuable. A hot Epsom-salts bath is also very useful in the treatment of hydrocele and should be taken once or twice weekly, whenever and wherever possible.
Every effort should be made to build up the general health-level to the highest degree. Hence, fresh air and outdoor exercise, sun and air bathing are essential for the success of this treatment and these should be practised wherever possible. All habits, strain and practices tending to lower the tone of the body should be studiously avoided as far as possible. Even the wearing of a suspensory bandage is often useful. Unless the condition persists for a long time, the foregoing treatment should soon begin to show its beneficial effects, and the whole general health-level of the sufferer will be greatly enhanced at the same time.
Treatment of Hydrocele by Magnetic Therapy:
The magnets MEM should be applied over the scrotum on the left and right sides. North-pole oil should also be applied over the scrotum before the application of the magnets. The duration of application may be about 20 minutes once a day.