Natural Help for an enlarged prostate

Old Man riding a bike The prostate gland is a small organ, located just below the bladder, surrounding the urethra. Only men have prostate glands. In a young man, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. However, as a man ages the prostate enlarges. The two functions of the prostate are: help help control urination and sexual function. As the gland enlarges, both of these functions are hindered.

What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?

BPH is the word of medical fashion for an enlarged prostate. At 40 years, 10% of men have an enlarged prostate to some degree. At age 50, this figure increases to 50%. As the prostate grows, the urethra is pinched and makes it difficult for a man to urinate enough to completely empty the bladder strength. Because the bladder is not completely empty, he may feel the need to urinate more frequently. The indicator of BPH symptom is rising in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. However, not self diagnose. If you suspect you have an enlarged prostate, consult your doctor to rule out prostate cancer before trying any home remedy.

What are the causes?

Although some say this is a natural part of aging for all men, those of the more developed regions have a higher incidence of BPH than their counterparts in other parts of the world. Although experts believe that changes in hormone levels (which come from aging) is the major contributing factor, other things can cause flair ups of prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate). The most common cause is stress. Others include unhealthy diet , sitting for long periods, alcohol, caffeine, sedentary lifestyle, or sexually transmitted disease.

herbal medicines help?

For more than a decade, noted herbalist and ethnobotanical withdrawn by the USDA James A. Duke, made a public statement against members of the FDA and the National Institutes of Health would bet your his own prostate gland herbal treatment would produce the same results as the recently approved drug Proscar. The recipe below Prosnut butter.

Dietary treatments

In his book, herbal family , Rosemary Gladstar recommends the following foods and supplements for prostate health:

  • Pumpkin seeds (1/4 to ½ cup or more per day)
  • Cucumbers (2-3 a day)
  • calcium / magnesium (600 mg daily) combined
  • vitamin E (400 units daily)
  • zinc (20 to 50 mg per day)

She also recommends mixing watermelon with seeds and unsalted pumpkin seeds for a cleansing drink.

In addition to these recommendations, you may want to eliminate saturated and trans fats, sugar, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine.

Herbal remedies

  • nettles is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and diuretic that gives direct results of an enlarged prostate. Drink 3-4 cups of tea a day nettles.
  • Saw palmetto is the herb of choice for the prostate. Take 320 milligrams of a standardized fatty acids 80-95% each day extract.
  • If you like making your own remedies, mix equal parts of pieces of nettles and saw palmetto for a tincture .
  • James Duke Prosnut butter: Mix in blender about ½ cup of pumpkin seeds, the contents of the capsule of a saw palmetto and a few drops of licorice extract, until a smooth paste. Spread on crackers; eat a few spoonfuls each day.
  • Take 160 to 200 milligrams per day of a standardized extract of pygeum . Look for one with 13% sterols.

In addition to these recommendations, many herbal formulas are prepared commercially available from your local health food store.


Duke, P. J. (2000). The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook . Rodale Books.

Gladstar, R. (2001). Herbal Family . North Adams, Mass.: Storey Books.

Photo by Arty Smokes (deaf mute)

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