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Enlarged Prostate: Natural Remedies

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What to do in case of benign prostatic hyperplasia?

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that wraps around the urethra (the channel from which urine comes out). It is part of a man’s reproductive system. One of its main jobs is to add fluid (called semen) to sperm. Although the gland is small at first, it tends to enlarge as a man ages. An excessive enlarged prostate leads to a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

In some cases, an enlarged prostate can block the urethra, which restricts the flow of urine from the bladder. This causes problems such as frequent urination, from difficulty urinating, from urinary leaks and urinary tract infections.

What natural remedies can help reduce an overgrown prostate?

There are several treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia..

Men under medical advice, may take medication alpha blockers as the terazosin (Hytrin) to help relax the prostate muscles, or some antibiotics for the chronic prostatitis (which can occur at the same time as BPH).

They can also take dutasteride (Avodart) or finasteride (Proscar) to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

They may also undergo a surgery to remove extra-prostatic tissue. A common surgical procedure for BPH is transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

In addition, there are also natural remedies that work against the growth of the prostate. However, it is questionable whether these treatments are effective. L’American Urological Association does not currently recommend herbal remedies for the management of BPH. If you want to try any of these natural remedies, talk to your doctor first.

SAW PALMETTO


saw palmetto prostate

An herbal remedy that comes from one type of palm: Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens). It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to relieve urinary symptoms, including those caused by an overly large prostate. According to National Institutes of Health (NIH), a few small-scale studies have suggested that saw palmetto may be effective in relieving symptoms of BPH.

However, the NIH reports that when larger studies were conducted, saw palmetto not be more effective than an inactive pill (placebo). Saw palmetto is harmless and does not cause serious side effects.

BETA-SITOSTEROL

This prostate remedy is a mixture of different plants that contains cholesterol-like substances called sitosterols. Several studies have shown that this phyto-nutrient, beta-sitosterol may relieve urinary symptoms of BPH, including the force of the urine flow.

There have been no major side effects reported with the use of beta-sitosterol, although doctors do not yet know all of the long-term effects of this natural remedy. So always ask your doctor for advice before using this remedy..

PYGEUM


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Pygeum comes from the bark of the African plum tree and is used in traditional medicine to treat urinary problems since ancient times. It is often used to treat symptoms of BPH, especially in Europe. As studies of the pygeum have not been well designed, it is difficult to know for sure whether it is effective. L’American Academy of Family Physicians do not recommend its use.

Nevertheless, a small study reported in Complementary therapies in medicine revealed that when prepared with other herbal remedies, it helps reduce the number of trips to the toilet, Day and night. Pygeum is safe, but it can cause an upset stomach in some people who take it.

In the form of a fat-soluble extract standardized to 14% triterpenes, the normally recommended dose is 50 to 100 mg per day. You have to wait a period of at least six to nine months to see a result. Ask your doctor for advice.

RYE POLLEN EXTRACT

Rye pollen extracts are made from three types of grass pollen: rye, timothy, and corn. A review of studies published in BJU International found that men who took rye pollen extracts experienced improvement in their symptoms compared to those who took a placebo.

This supplement seems particularly useful to avoid getting up at night and going to the toilet. It can also help men urinate more completely, so that less urine is left in the bladder.

NETTING NETTLE ROOT


stinging nettle root prostate

Stinging nettle, or serrated nettle, may have some benefits when used as a medicine. Nettle is considered useful in the treatment of moderate symptoms of BPH and is commonly used in Europe. However, a review conducted in 2007 concluded that more studies were needed.

Sometimes nettle is used in combination with other natural remedies for BPH, such as pygeum or saw palmetto. The side effects of nettle are usually mild, and can cause an upset stomach and rash.

REINFORCEMENT OF THE PELVIC FLOOR

Pelvic floor training, also known askegel exercises, can help men strengthen the muscles of the pelvic diaphragm, improving involuntary urine loss or abnormal for men with an enlarged prostate.

Performing these exercises, which involve contraction and then release of the muscle, help to supporting the bladder and closing the sphincter. Since it can be difficult to locate this muscle, try to exercise while passing urine.

  1. Contract the muscle, letting the urine slow down until it stops, then stop urinating for 20 seconds.
  2. In general, it is recommended that men perform pelvic floor training three to five times per day.

Kegel exercise to strengthen the pelvic muscle
Kegel exercise to strengthen the pelvic muscle

FOODS TO TREAT PROSTATE HYPERTROPHY

Eating one type of food or another is unlikely to prevent BPH or relieve its symptoms, but eating a healthy diet can help. According to Mayo Clinic, the consumption of vegetables rich in vitamin C and in zinc is the best way to prevent BPH and relieve its symptoms. Moderate alcohol consumption can also help.

SOME MORE TIPS …

To help control the symptoms of an enlarged prostate:

  • Limit consumption in the evening. Don’t drink anything for an hour or two before going to bed to avoid going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
  • Limit the intake of caffeine and alcohol. They can increase urine output, irritate the bladder and make symptoms worse.
  • Limit decongestants or antihistamines. These drugs tighten the band of muscles around the urethra that controls urine flow, making it harder to pass urine.
  • Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge. Waiting too long could stretch the muscles of the bladder and cause damage.
  • Plan your bathroom visits. Try to urinate at regular times – such as every four or six hours during the day – to “re-educate” the bladder. This can be especially useful if you have a severe frequency and urgency.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Obesity is associated with an enlarged prostate.
  • Stay active. Inactivity contributes to urine retention. Even a little exercise can help reduce urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate.
  • Urinate – then urinate again a few moments later. This practice is known as double urination.
  • Stay warm. Colder temperatures can cause urine retention and increase the urgency to urinate.

It’s important to remember that just because a supplement is labeled “natural” doesn’t always mean it’s safe or healthy. Herbal remedies can cause side effects. They can also interact with other medicines that you are taking. Consult your doctor before trying any natural supplement.

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