Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH)

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement

General description and overview of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement
 

About prostate

The prostate is part of a man’s sex organs. It’s about the size of a walnut and surrounds the tube called the urethra, located just below the bladder.

The urethra has two jobs: to carry urine from the bladder when you urinate and to carry semen during a sexual climax, or ejaculation. Semen is a combination of sperm plus fluid that the prostate adds. The prostate surrounds the urethra, where urine leaves the bladder.

Your prostate grows larger as you get older. If your prostate gets too large, it can cause health issues. Most prostate problems are not cancerous, i.e., having a problem with your prostate does not imply that your chances of getting prostate cancer have risen.

the male urinary tract - enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  The male urinary tract

Common prostate problems

For men under 50, the most common prostate problem is prostatitis.

For men over 50, the most common prostate problem is prostate enlargement, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Older men are at risk for prostate cancer as well, but this disease is much less common than BPH. At age 60, most men have some degree of BPH. At age 80, men have an 80 percent chance of experiencing urination problems caused by BPH. BPH is NOT cancer and it does NOT put you at increased risk for developing prostate cancer.

About prostate enlargement, or BPH

If you’re a man over 50 and have started having problems urinating, the reason could be an enlarged prostate, or BPH. As men get older, their prostate keeps growing. As it grows, it squeezes the urethra. Since urine travels from the bladder through the urethra, the pressure from the enlarged prostate may affect bladder control.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement

ProState Relief™

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves urgency and frequent urination in men.

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Prostate Dr.™

100% natural, proven and safe liquid herbal formula to promote the health and functioning of the prostate and urinary tract in men.

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BladderWell™

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves burning sensations; frequent urination and improves bladder health.

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Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement

 If you have BPH, you may have one or more of these problems:

  • Frequent urge to urinate

  • Need to get up many times during the night to urinate

  • Blood in urine or semen (BPH can cause small blood vessels to burst)

  • Painful or burning urination

  • Decreased strength and force of the urine stream

  • Not being able to urinate (Difficulty starting urine stream or complete inability to urinate OR even though you feel you have to rush to get to the bathroom, you find it hard to start urinating.)

  • Painful ejaculation

  • A small amount of urine each time you go

  • The feeling that you still have to go, even when you have just finished urinating

  • Dribbling of urine and dribbling after urination ends

  • Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, pelvic or rectal area, or upper thighs 

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Causes of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement
 

Research shows that testosterone, the male hormone, or dihydrotestosterone, a chemical produced when testosterone breaks down in a man's body, may cause the prostate to keep growing. Since it surrounds the urethra, the prostate gland squeezes the urethra as it expands.

Some over-the-counter medications for colds or allergies can drastically worsen BPH.


Natural supplements & remedies for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Is BPH a sign of cancer? No. It’s true that some men with prostate cancer also have BPH, but that doesn’t mean that the two conditions are always linked. Most men with BPH don’t develop prostate cancer. However, because the early symptoms are the same for both conditions, you should see a doctor to evaluate these symptoms.

Is BPH a serious disease?

By itself, BPH is not a serious condition, unless the symptoms are so bothersome that you can’t enjoy life. But BPH can lead to serious problems. One such problem is urinary tract infections.

If you can’t urinate at all, you should get medical help right away. Sometimes this happens suddenly to men after they take an over-the-counter cold or allergy medicine.

In rare cases, BPH and its constant urination problems can lead to kidney damage.

What tests will my doctor order?

Several tests help the doctor identify the problem and decide on the best treatment.

  • Digital rectal exam – The first test done, your doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum and feels the prostate, which sits directly in front of the rectum. This exam gives the doctor a general idea of the size and condition of the prostate.

  • Blood test - To look for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). If your PSA is high, it may be a sign that you have prostate cancer. But many men with high PSA scores don’t have prostate cancer.

  • Imaging - X-rays or a sonogram. An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray of the urinary tract. For an IVP, dye will be injected into a vein.

  • Urine flow study - You may be asked to urinate into a special device that measures how quickly the urine is flowing. A reduced flow may mean you have BPH.

  • Cystoscopy - Using a cystoscope, which is a thin tube with lenses like a microscope. The tube is inserted into the bladder through the urethra while the doctor looks through the cystoscope.

    Causes of enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). It’s true that prostate problems are very common after age 50. The good news is there are things you can do.

Treatment for BPH

Several conventional treatments are available. Work with your doctor to find the one that’s best for you.

  • Watchful waiting - If your symptoms don’t bother you too much, you may choose to live with them rather than take pills every day or have surgery. But you should have regular checkups to make sure your condition isn’t getting worse. With watchful waiting, you can be ready to choose a treatment as soon as you need it.

  • Medicines - In recent years, scientists have developed several medicines to shrink or relax the prostate to keep it from blocking the bladder opening.

  • Nonsurgical procedures - A number of devices have been developed that allow doctors to remove parts of the prostate during nonsurgical procedures. These procedures can usually be done in a clinic or hospital without an overnight stay. The procedures are transurethral, which means the doctor reaches the area by going through the urethra. The doctor uses thin tubes inserted through the urethra to deliver controlled heat to small areas of the prostate.

A gel may be applied to the urethra to prevent pain or discomfort. You won’t need drugs that make you go to sleep. Several transurethral procedures are treatments for BPH:

    • PVP (photoselective vaporization of the prostate): destroys excess prostate tissue interfering with the exit of urine from the body by using a controlled laser beam inside the prostate.

    • TUIP (transurethral incision of the prostate): widens the urethra by making a few small cuts in the bladder neck, where the urethra joins the bladder, and in the prostate gland itself.

    • TUMT (transurethral microwave thermotherapy): destroys prostate tissue by using a probe in the urethra to deliver microwaves.

    • TUNA (transurethral needle ablation): destroys excess prostate tissue with electromagnetically generated heat by using a needle-like device in the urethra.

  • Surgical treatment - Surgery to remove a piece of the prostate can be done through the urethra or in open surgery, which requires cutting through the skin above the base of the penis. Your doctor may recommend an open surgery if your prostate is especially large. The most common surgery is called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). In TURP, the surgeon inserts a thin tube up the urethra and cuts away pieces of the prostate with a wire loop while looking through a cystoscope. TURP and open surgery both require general anesthesia and a stay in the hospital.


Remedies for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Did you know that If your prostate is removed completely to stop cancer, you’re more likely to have long-lasting sexual and bladder control problems, such as leaking or dribbling.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement
 

Surgery for BPH may have a temporary effect on sexual function. Most men recover complete sexual function within a year after surgery. The exact length of time depends on how long you had symptoms before surgery was done and on the type of surgery. After TURP, some men find that semen does not go out of the penis during orgasm. Instead, it goes backwards into the bladder. In some cases, this condition can be treated with a drug that helps keep the bladder closed. A doctor who specializes in fertility problems may be able to help if backwards ejaculation causes a problem for a couple trying to get pregnant.

If you have any problems after treatment for a prostate condition, talk with your doctor or nurse. Erection problems and loss of bladder control can be treated, and chances are good that you can be helped.

There are many clinically proven natural herbal and homeopathic remedies that have been shown to promote prostate health in a natural manner without harmful side effects. Certain herbs such as Epilobium parviflorum have been shown to have an inflammation-inhibiting and healing effect on acute and chronic inflammation of the prostate and BPH.

Further more, Hypoxis rooperi and Sabal serrulata are also well known for improving prostate health, supporting the immune system and guarding against urinary tract infection.

In Europe and many other countries, natural remedies are widely prescribed even by conventional doctors to treat prostate conditions as well as promote prostate health in a preventative manner. Remember always to source your natural remedies from a reputable company in order to ensure maximum safety, therapeutic dosage and best efficacy.


Herbal remedies & supplements for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato) is traditionally used to strengthen the immune system, treat testicular tumors, prostate hypertrophy and urinary infections. The activity of Hypoxis Rooperi against BPH is ascribed to phytosterol glycosides, mainly B-sytosterol.

  • Cubeba (6C) is suited to those who experience a ‘constricting’ feeling after urination, or experience the desire to urinate every ten or fifteen minutes. They commonly have unusual discharge, inflamed prostate, and violet-smelling urine.

  • Chimaphila umbellata (6C)is often helpful when the prostate is enlarged, accompanied by urine retention yet frequent urges. The person may have the sensation that a ball is lodged in the pelvic floor, or may experience pressure, swelling, and soreness that are worsened during sitting.

  • Epilobium Parviflorum - Clinical studies have revealed that Epilobium Parviflorum has an inflammation-inhibiting and healing effect on acute and chronic inflammation of the prostate and can help to reduce the gland to its normal size. It is recommended that all men over the age of 50 take this herb regularly as a preventative and to maintain prostate and bladder health.

  • Sabal Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) - Recent clinical studies have suggested that Sabal Serrulata can be as effective as finasteride in relieving certain symptoms of BPH and in reducing the DHT levels thought to be associated with BPH occurrence. Sabal serrulata (6C)is suited to the individual who experiences a frequent urge to urinate at night, experiences difficulty passing urine, and senses a feeling of coldness in the sexual organs. It is sometimes also used in lower potencies for urinary incontinence in older men. This remedy is made from saw palmetto that is also used as an herbal extract for the prostate.

  • Ferrum phosphoricum (D6) was introduced by Dr. Schussler, a German physician who believed that many ailments were caused by a deficiency of biochemic tissue salts. Irritation at the neck of the bladder, incontinence, and urine spurts with every cough are often aided with this ingredient.

  • Equisetum (30C) is used to address underlying causes of dull pain in the bladder, (as from distension) frequent and intolerable urging to urinate, with discomfort at close of urination or the constant desire to urinate; with large quantity of clear watery urine or cutting pain in urethra while urinating. Also used to address paralysis of the bladder in older women.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement

ProState Relief for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

ProState Relief™

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves urgency and frequent urination in men.

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Prostate Dr. for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Prostate Dr.™

100% natural, proven and safe liquid herbal formula to promote the health and functioning of the prostate and urinary tract in men.

Product Details

BladderWell for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

BladderWell™

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves burning sensations; frequent urination and improves bladder health.

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Dietary recommendations for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement

  • Beta-sitosterol, a compound found in many edible plants, has been found to be helpful for men with BPH. Beta-sitosterol is one of several plant sterols (cholesterol is the main animal sterol) found in almost all plants. High levels are found in rice bran, wheat germ, corn oil, and soybeans. Peanuts and its products, such as peanut oil, peanut butter, and peanut flour, are good sources of plant sterols, particularly beta-sitosterol.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (1,000 - 1,500 mg one to two times a day), over time, may help reduce inflammation. Omega -3s are richly found in seafood; fish such as salmon (especially Atlantic and red, canned in brine), sardines (canned in water), mackerel (canned in brine), mullet, tuna etc., and pecans and trevally. Walnuts are also an extremely good source of omega-3.

  • Vitamin E has proved to be an important factor for prostate health. The patient should therefore use vitamin E-rich foods liberall. Vitamin E-rich foods are wholegrain products, green leafy vegetables, eggs, milk, and all raw or sprouted seeds.

  • Heavy starches, sweet stimulants, and highly seasoned foods are entirely forbidden, as they are said to cause direct irritation to the prostate gland and bladder.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially after dinner. Try not to drink within 2 hours before you go to bed.

  • Spread out your fluid intake throughout the day – avoid drinking large amounts of fluid at one time.

  • Your diet should also exclude spices, condiments, salt in excess, sauces, and meats, cheese, asparagus, watercress, greasy or fried foods, alcohol, tobacco, and too much of tea or coffee.

  • You should avoid hurried meals and must chew your food thoroughly and slowly. Water should be taken between meals and not at meal times.

  • Plant based estrogens (called isoflavones or flavonoids) found in soy and other foods like legumes, tea, apples and onions may help prevent or treat the symptoms of BPH.

  • Pumpkin seeds have been used historically for a healthy prostate. Pumpkin seeds are an effective home remedy for prostate problems and many patients have been helped by their use. These seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids which are essential to the health of the prostate. Persons beyond the age of fifty, who have any signs of prostate trouble; or those who suffer from urinary disorders of some kind, namely, burning or difficulty in passing urine freely, should take sixty to ninety grams of pumpkin seeds per day. The seeds may be taken in the form of powder sprinkled over cooked vegetables or mixed with wheat flour to make chapatis. They can also be taken in the form of a paste made with honey, or as a drink mixed with diluted milk and sugar to taste.

Helpful dietary habits in enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Eating too much fat (especially in the form of butter or margarine) and not enough fruit may increase your chances of developing BPH.


Dos and don'ts and precautionary measures suggested for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement

 
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Acupuncture - May improve urinary flow and decrease swelling and inflammation.

 
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Massage may help reduce symptoms. Focus may be on the lower abdominal area, lower back, and around the sacrum. Prostatic massage is thought to promote circulation and drainage of infected areas.

 
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Men should have a yearly prostate examination after age 40, even if they have no symptoms of prostate problems. In recurring cases, you may need ongoing treatment with periodic checkups.

 
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Urinate when you first get the urge.

 
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Go to the bathroom when you have the chance, even if you don't feel a need to urinate.

 
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Prolonged periods of sitting, as in certain occupations, also increase the pressure on the pelvic region, resulting in congestion of the tissues in and around the prostate gland.

 
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Urination and ejaculation may provide defense against prostatic infection by flushing the urethra. The prostate also secretes an antibacterial substance known as “prostatic antibacterial factor” into the seminal fluid (semen), which helps to fight infection. Hence, you know what you have to do!

 
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Some researchers have reported that certain cases of chronic prostatitis are helped by biofeedback (using simple electronic devices to measure and report information about a person’s biological system) and other treatments aimed at reducing chronic pain.


Precautions & Homeopathic medicines for enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Use of tobacco, especially by smoking, reduces the zinc content of prostatic fluid, and may therefore reduce natural immunity to prostate infection.

 
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Sitz baths are reported to provide temporary relief of symptoms in men with chronic prostatitis although this therapy is not recommended in ABP, as it may worsen the infection. A sitz bath is the immersion of the pelvic region (up to the navel) in water.

 
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A wet girdle pack is another valuable remedy in the realm of hydrotherapy, which provides great relief in prostatitis and prostate enlargement. For this mode of treatment, thin cotton underwear and thick or woollen underwear are required. The thin underwear should be wrung in cold water and worn by the patient. The thick dry underwear should be worn above the wet underwear. This treatment should be continued for ninety minute regularly every night. If the patient feels chilly, he should be covered with a blanket.

 
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Avoid cold and sinus medications. Decongestants and antihistamines can worsen BPH symptoms.

 
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Exercise regularly.

 
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Learn and perform Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor.

 
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Reduce stress. Go for Yoga to keep yourself emotionally and physically fit.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement

ProState Relief™

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves urgency and frequent urination in men.

Product Details

Prostate Dr.™

100% natural, proven and safe liquid herbal formula to promote the health and functioning of the prostate and urinary tract in men.

Product Details

BladderWell™

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves burning sensations; frequent urination and improves bladder health.

Product Details