Natural Treatment of BHP

Prostate health is a very touchy subject for some people. Whether this is because they do not want to think about it, or wish to deny it exists all together, the truth is that prostate health is an real issue for men. It is extremely important to get your prostate checked each year when you reach around 30 years of age, and there are ways to keep you healthy without spending a fortune. The medical community is at odds with itself because there are many proponents of the studies detailing the benefits of herbal supplements to help reduce symptoms and / or prevent the disease (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) out right, and those who think pharmaceutical drugs potentially coupled with medical procedures are still the best methods. For the sake of clearing some of the vague details up, the medical community typically agrees that, for mild to medium BPH, using herbs such as saw palmetto, pygeum, stinging nettle, pumpkin seeds, and beta-sitosterol help to alleviate symptoms is appropriate. Always consult a physician, but understand that using herbs for your prostate health has limited to no side effects that have been found and should be the first choice in maintaining prostate health.

An overview of common prostate herbs

Let us explore these herbs a little more in depth. Many physicians prescribe saw palmetto each year to the tune of around $25 million in sales annually in the U.S. It is used as a starter for therapy to help reduce prostate pain, decrease the prostate’s size, and allows the prostate to function more normally. The down side to using saw palmetto is it can affect sex hormones, increase risk of bleeding, and gastrointestinal problems. Pygeum Africanum is another herb used for prostate health – it is actually the bark of a tree. It is usually used in unison with another herb such as saw palmetto. There are no clear studies on how it works, but it does bring relief. This may be due to it reducing inflammation and inhibiting growth factors relating to prostate enlargement. Of course pygeum can be semi hard to attain as the tree itself is on the endangered list.

Beta-Sistosterol for prostate health

Pumpkin seeds help to calm overactive bladder in BPH patients. Though many studies seem to find little evidence of it actually helping, many patients taking it report that it helps. Stinging Nettle, when combined with other herbs, can effectively relieve some symptoms of BPH. These include reduced urinary flow, the constant need to “go”, and the bladder being incompletely emptied. Finally there is beta-sitosterol. This is not necessarily an herb but is extracted from plants, though primarily saw palmetto. There have been numerous double-blind, placebo-controlled studies that prove it is an effective and cheap herb for prostate health. Beta-sitosterol not only increases the urine flow by as much as 35% but also reduces residual bladder urine by as much as 54% in control group studies. It also reduces the cancer cell growth by around 24% range. This is probably the best “herb” to look for to maintain prostate health.

Though there may be a need for medical intervention with procedures and pharmaceuticals, there is a valid and realistic reason to try herbs as a first line of preventative measure for prostate health. The cost alone is typically substantially less. Also with the data and studies being carried out, it makes this a great alternative medicine choice.

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