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Male Urination Problems--BPH

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia from which male urination problems emerge.



We did a search of medical journals for research results on BPH--Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, urination problems of men, and the herbs used for relief. "Saw Palmetto and Pygeum...as well as more recent studies on pumpkin seeds have shown clinical [proven] effects and good tolerability...."

From: Urologe. A., vol. 41, 2002. By: Drs. Dreikorn, Berges, Pientka & Jonas, [Urologic] Clinic, [Central Hospital], Jurgen Street, 28205 Bremen, Germany Text and affiliation are in German.

"Evidence suggests that the consumption of isoflavones found in legumes [especially soy] is related to lower rates of BPH-Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia [male urination problems] and prostate cancer among Asian men."

From: J. Altern. Compliment. Med., Dec., 2002. By: Dr. A. E. Katz, Center for Holistic Urology, NY Presbyterian Hosp. & Columbia U. School of Med., NY, NY.

"[The pygeum] extracts have an [anti-growth] effect on prostate cancer cells and [BPH-Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia-urination problem]...cells." Emphasis added.

From: Archives Esp. Urology, vol. 56, 2003. By: Drs. Margalef, Brarzanti, Okatsu, et al., Hosp. Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain.

"These data are consistent with the assertion that [Pygeum africanum herb] therapy in both rabbits and humans acts by protecting the bladder smooth muscle against...damage caused by [reduction of blood supply]..." The study tested the effect of a Pygeum extract on "contractile dysfunction," which causes urination problems in men. The results were positive

. From: Phytomedicine, vol. 12, 2005. By: Drs. Levin, Whitbeck, Horan & Bellamy, Div. of Basic & Pharmaceutical Sci., Albany College of Pharma., 106 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208, USA.

However, not all reports were positive. In the Int. Braz. J.Urol., vol. 28, 2002, the studies saw no benefit to Pygeum and nettle. The same was true of Saw Palmetto in another report. Certain negative conclusions appeared with the use of Saw Palmetto, indicating a low-dose intake may be preferred.

*BPH--Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia from which male urination problems emerge