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It’s 3 am. You’re tired, irritable, and by now losing the will to live. This is the third time you’ve got up to urinate since trying to get to sleep since 11 pm the night before. You already know what this issue might be, you whisper the C-word in your mind pretending you never heard it. But in reality, it's most likely a symptom of an enlarged prostate (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) and what you’re experiencing at night is (nocturia).
Thousands of men around the world suffer from BPH to varying degrees and although there are some decent pharmaceutical medications to control this ailment, not everyone wants to go down that route.
However, there are many natural remedies and techniques that actually work in reducing your prostate to give you much-needed relief and getting you back to a healthy sleeping cycle and more.
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a condition commonly found in older men causing the prostate gland to grow over time. This gradual enlargement increases urinary symptoms like urine flow blockage and can lead to urinary tract infections and kidney issues. What’s confusing is that the size of the prostate doesn’t determine the intensity of symptoms. Men with very slight prostate enlargement may experience the full gamut of symptoms while men with larger prostate growth may only experience mild symptoms.
Causes of BPH
Enlarged prostate occurs as a result of abnormal cell division, causing increased growth of the prostate gland found beneath your bladder. The urethra is the small tube that transports urine from your bladder through the centre of the prostate then finally out the penis this is what blocks urine flow.
Throughout a man’s life, the prostate tends to grow and unfortunately can cause annoying and embarrassing problems. And officially the jury is still out on what causes prostate enlargement. Although some associate it with environmental and genetic triggers.
- Urgent need to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination during the night (nocturia)
- Dribbling at the end of urination
- Unable to fully empty the bladder
- Weak urine stream
- Difficulty starting urination
So, after finding out you have some or all of the aforementioned symptoms this is not something to ignore as it most likely will get worse. Luckily there are plenty of natural remedies that can work in reducing enlarged prostate. Should you have no desire to take pharmaceutical drugs.
Stinging nettle has a long medicinal history dating back to medieval Europe during this time it was used to rid the body of excess water and to treat what we know today as arthritis.
Stinging nettle is fantastic for treating BPH and urinary tract infections because it contains compounds such as:
By simply boiling stinging nettle leaves allowing to infuse for 10/15 mins then straining for a soothing tea to drink 2/3 times per day may significantly shrink the prostate gland.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar is packed with astringents natural chemicals that constricts body tissues which constitutes shrinkage of the prostate gland what’s more is that it aids in healthy weight loss.
It also prevents associated issues with prostate gland growth such as urinary tract infections. For a few bucks you will be well on your way to some much-needed relief by mixing 2 tablespoons of unfiltered ACV 1 table spoon of honey in warm water and drinking twice per day.
Also known as African plum extract is a tree native to mountain forests in sub-Saharan Africa. Pygeum is extracted from its bark because it's full of chemicals that help to ease:
- Frequent urination
A scientific review conducted in 2000 made pygeum as one of the top herbal alternatives to treat BPH and because this extract helps prostate urinary discomfort, by extension can help to treat kidney disease symptoms.
As the benefits of pygeum are focused mainly on the urinary system as studies have shown this extract can stimulate bladder healing.
Pygeum has become a popular alternative treatment for prostatitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties so can help with associated issues like weak urine stream and pain.
The symptoms mentioned so far in this article can all be associated with kidney diseases an thus pygeum can be instrumental in helping to relieve these prostate based problems.
Pygeum extract is normally taken as a food supplement, the tree bark is cultivated, made into a powder and put into pills which can easily be purchased online. Please make sure to research thoroughly where to by the best quality pygeum. And the average recommended dose for prostate conditions is to take 100 to 200 milligrams per day.
Found in the Secret Record of the Chamber of Orchids written circa 13th-century china. Zi-shen Pill comprises three types of medicinal plants including Chinese cinnamon. A study done on rats demonstrated a marked reduction in the prostate gland growth after a controlled dosage.
More studies need to be done on these ancient plants to discern if it is a viable source for treating prostate problems.
Rye-grass Pollen Extract (Cernilton)
Coming from rye grass the pollen, scientifically known as (secale cereale) has shown to positively affect testosterone levels and relax the urethra improving bladder health thus increasing smooth consistent urine flow.
This notably reduces dribbling and lessens nocturia. Today rye-grass pollen has been packaged as an herbal supplement under the brand name; Cernilton.
Although Cernilton has never been proven to help with BPH there is a study to show otherwise.
BPH can in most cases be an absolute bane on one’s quality of life. The alternatives mentioned above have scientific studies attached to them that are positive. And will give you hope into relieving the stress and potential embarrassment this problem can present. If you are already taking prescribed medicine from your doctor, please consult them before trying any of the natural alternatives in this article.
Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2013 Jan 15 Published online 2013 Jan 5 Nettle (Urtica Dioica) in Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Randomized Double-Blind Study in 100 Patients
Am J Med. 2000 Dec 1 Pygeum africanum for the treatment of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia: a systematic review and quantitative meta-analysis. Ishani A, MacDonald R, Nelson D, Rutks I, Wilt TJ.
Ensuring the future of the pygeum tree (Prunus africana) April 2015 Verina Ingram, Judy Loo, Barbara Vinceti, Ian Dawson, Alice Muchugi, Jérôme Duminil, Abdon Awono, Ebenezar Asaah, Zac Tchoundjeu
Inhibitory effect of traditional Chinese medicine Zi-Shen Pill on benign prostatic hyperplasia in rats. He Sun, Tie-Jun, Lian-Na Sun, Yan Qiu, Bei-Bei Huang Bo Yi, Wan-Sheng Chen
BJU Int. 2000 May A systematic review of Cernilton for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. MacDonald, Ishani, Rutks, Wilt TJ.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Daniel Sevan
Daniel Sevan (author) on April 28, 2020:
Thanks John, much appreciated!
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2020:
An interesting and helpful article, Daniel. Thank you for sharing this information and natural remedies.