The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
The prostate is a gland that sits just below the bladder and in front of
the rectum. It encircles the urethra and produces much of the fluid in
semen. The most common prostate problem in men is benign prostatic hypertrophy.
It is present in 50% of men by age 50. The prostate enlarges in response
to stimulation by the hormone dihydrotestosterone. If it enlarges too much,
it can obstruct the urethra making it difficult to urinate and empty the
The medications used to treat this condition help to decrease the level
of dihydrotestosterone. Zinc
and pumpkin seeds can help to decrease prostate size and symptoms.
Saw Palmetto- This
herb is effective at blocking the formation of dihydrotestosterone and
thus can help with benign prostatic hypertrophy. A number of studies have
shown saw palmetto to be effective
at reducing BPH symptoms.
Standardized extract (85-95% fatty acid content)- 160 mg twice a day
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