If you are anyone that is informed or just curious then I think you will agree with me that knowing the truth about medications for an enlarged prostate is of vital concern.
The problem that I have found is that BPH medications or medications for an enlarged prostate come with many side-effects, many that no man would want.
Having helped hundreds of patients over the years from the U.S. Marines and Navy sailors to the men that come through the doors of our medical clinic, as well as being a health journalist and avid fitness enthusiast, I know a thing or two about men’s health.
In this brief post I will outline non-precription remedies with little to no side-effects that will help you with your enlarged prostate and BPH – so you can hopefully urinate when you want.
There are some herbal supplements that can assist you with the symptoms of BPH or an enlarged prostate that are available over the counter and without a prescription. The American Urological Association an organization that is strongly allopathic does not recommend or recognize over the counter treatments for managing BPH.
If you do try one of these treatments below I strongly advise you consult your medical provider before taking an over the counter or any prescription medication
NSAIDS – stand for Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which are medications that help lower inflammation. As you may not know inflammation may be the reason your enlarged prostate is making it difficult to urinate. Aspirin and ibuprofen are common types of NSAIDs are taken for BPH. There is also research conducted that suggests men taking NSAIDs may improve prostate health.
#2: Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is a popular herbal supplement that is made from the extract of fruit of the saw palmetto plant. Saw palmetto is used to treat urinary problems as well as an enlarged prostate. It is made in pill form and liquid extract. There is a range of 100 to 960 mg daily dose shown to be effective.
Pygeum is another supplement that is effective to treating an enlarged prostate. Pygeum comes from the African plum tree bark. Pygeum works as an anti-inflammatory and possibly has positive effects on the bladder as well. One study found that when pygeum was combined with other herbs it possibly reduces issues of frequent urination in men with an enlarged prostate
#4: Rye Grass Pollen
Ryegrass pollen is another supplement that is helpful lowering the urge to urinate in the middle of the night. It is made from the pollen of ryegrass and Timothy. One study conducted showed that it may help with frequent urination at the need to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
#5: South African Star Grass
South African star grass is considered an anti-inflammatory since it improves the flow of urine in men with an enlarged prostate. It is also a plant sterol which means it contains beta-sterols. Interestingly enough you can also find beta-sterols in some yogurts and margarine. There is some evidence that beta-sterols could be effective in treating urinary problems in men with an enlarged prostate.
#6: Red Clover
Red Clover is produced from the flower tips of the plant and made into an herbal supplement to treat several conditions specifically an enlarged prostate in men. Red clover may help reduce the frequent need to go to the bathroom at night but this isn’t enough evidence to support this.
#7: Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is a plant from Europe that has fine hairs that can sting, or cause a sharp pain when touched. The leaves and root are combined to create a treatment for an enlarged prostate. Some people believe that stinging nettle can help increase the flow of men with an enlarged prostate but there isn’t enough clinical evidence to support its effectiveness.
#8: Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seed oil which is extracted from the seeds of pumpkin may be a safe and alternative treatment for an enlarged prostate. Researchers experimented with a dose of 320 mg each day for 12 months. In a study, it was shown that pumpkin seed oil was more effective than the placebo.
One thing to consider is that allopathic medical providers don’t prescribe herbal supplements by in large for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. Herbal supplements are also not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. None of the above herbal supplements should be taken in place of medical treatment from your medical provider.
There are some combined remedies that may show promise with the treatment of BPH and an enlarged prostate. One 72-year-old man was able to get off Flomax and unchain himself from the toilet.
Always consult your medical provider before attempting to take any medication or start any alternative treatment.