Take aim at Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Prostatitis

I. Using Herbs for a Healthy Prostate

In the words of herbalist James Green, "Each man experiencing a prostate problem must make his own decision as to how he wants to treat and care for the condition. Natural healing takes longer, but it is well worth the time and self-commitment." The Iowa Health System adds, "Studies show that of the men who receive no treatment for BPH, as many as 31-55% actually show an improvement, and only 1-5% ever develop complications."

How you manage benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatitis is in your hands, perhaps even growing in your yard. Herbs have been tested on humans for centuries, even millennia. Learn about the herbs you can use and... take aim. Start pissing with herbs!

A. Herbs for the Prostate

1. Prostate-Specific Herbs

There is considerable research documenting the efficacy of these herbs and plant products.

2. Herbs for Symptoms of the Prostate, Urethra, Bladder and Kidneys

These herbs have a history of traditional and modern use. Use as your symptoms dictate.

3. Herbs to Promote Testosterone Production

Testosterone production declines as men age, leading to a loss of muscle mass, an increase in weight, stress, insomnia and other problems. A low testosterone to high estrogen balance is increasingly believed to be responsible for prostate enlargement. Testosterone injections, patches and gels can exacerbate urinary and prostate symptoms and lead to breast tissue development and other health concerns. These herbs stimulate testosterone production or otherwise assist the male reproductive system. It is generally recommended to use them either singly or in combinations for a few weeks and to take a short break to reassess your prostate symptoms before beginning a new cycle.

B. Methods of Use and General Guidelines

Many herbs, such as Small-Flower Willow Herb and most of the herbs from the second group, are effective when used as teas or decoctions. Measure more or less equal quantities of each herb (only a half measure of Horsetail, Comfrey and Bearberry) into a jar and mix well (use Pollen Extract and testosterone-boosting herbs separately). To make a decoction, put 1 heaping teaspoon to 1 heaping tablespoon herb into approximately 1 cup water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low flame for 15 minutes, then add herbs not to be boiled, let steep a few minutes and strain. To make a tea, use the same amount of herb, but steep only. Take 2-3 times a day. When your supply runs out, reassess your condition and formulate a new blend.

Like teas, tinctures provide all of the ingredients provided by the plant, but they contain alcohol and are costly. Generally, use 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day.

The most potent and consistent dosages are provided by capsules/tablets containing standardized extracts of the currently known active ingredients. Capsules containing powdered herbs may be poured out and prepared as tea. Generally, use 1-2 capsules/tablets of standardized extracts or 3-4 capsules/tablets of powdered herbs 2-3 times a day.

Adjust the dosages (increase every 2-3 days until the symptoms stop, or cut back every 2-3 days until the symptoms recur) within reason. If symptoms are worst at night or upon arising, try an extra dose of Saw Palmetto before bed.

II. Lifestyle for a Healthy Prostate

A. Care of the Prostate

There are a number of measures you can take to minimize your symptoms.

B. Eating for a Healthy Prostate

1. Diet

Diet can have a profound impact on symptoms. While vegetarians live longer and are at a lower risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other diseases, strict vegetarian men may have lower testosterone levels. Rejoice: near-vegetarians enjoy roughly the same level of health benefits!

a. Fluids

b. Foods

Take heed of the containers food is sold, stored, prepared and served in. Plastics leech into foods and beverages, act as estrogens in the body and are linked to many diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and prostate and other cancers. Avoid using cans lined with plastic; never heat in plastic (not even so-called microwavable dishes or styrofoam); don't leave beverages in plastic bottles in the hot sun; avoid having food come into contact with cling wrap (the softeners in these plastics are particularly dangerous); and only reuse #2, #4 and #5 plastics that are not old, discoloured, brittle or worn.

2. Daily Supplements

A healthy diet is the preferred source of essential nutrients. Supplements should be in a natural form and not exceed recommended daily allowances.

III. References