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Natural Remedies for Enlarged Prostate and Other Treatment Options

Have you been facing signs of an enlarged prostate or BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)? BPH is a natural result of getting older. BPH symptoms can be very frustrating and include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Waking up multiple times each night to use the bathroom
  • Hard time starting and stopping
  • Weak urine stream
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Lack of control over your urination

You are not alone. BPH affects up to 90% of men over the age of 85.1 The good news? There are many enlarged prostate treatment options available, including natural BPH treatments.2

So, what can you do? For starters, speak with your doctor freely about your BPH. While there are many BPH symptom treatments, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Your doctor can help you choose the best treatment for you, including the best natural treatment for BPH, after learning more about your condition. Here are some suggested questions to help get the conversation started.

 

Going the Natural Route

Watchful Waiting

Watchful waiting means to keep an eye on your symptoms. Wait to see if there are any changes before you think through treatment options. Your doctor may suggest watchful waiting if you have mild symptoms that do not bother you much in your daily life. Things to watch include:3

  • Urge to urinate often
  • Feeling that your bladder is full, even after you’ve just gone
  • Sudden need to pee
  • Weak stream
  • Trouble starting and stopping
  • Urine leakage

If your symptoms get worse over time, it’s a good idea to see your doctor.

Lifestyle Changes

It’s never too late to make healthy lifestyle choices. There may be ways to ease BPH symptoms by making small changes. You can:4

  • Follow a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Hold back on drinking liquids at night, above all before bedtime
  • Lower caffeine intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress

These changes often help ease BPH symptoms. They will also help you remain healthy and active.

Other Natural Remedies

There are some other remedies that may help BPH symptoms because of their natural properties. These include:

  • Saw palmetto: Studies have shown that the berry of the saw palmetto can prevent testosterone from changing into an inflammatory type of testosterone (DHT) and reduce the size of the inner lining of the prostate.5
  • Onions and garlic: Research shows that typically men who have BPH have a lower intake of onions and garlic which suggests that increasing intake of such vegetables may help ease symptoms of BPH.6 
  • There are other natural remedies, but it is important to learn and read more in detail before beginning to use any of them.

It’s important to speak with a doctor before attempting any remedies on your own. A doctor will tell you that sometimes watchful waiting, changing your habits and natural remedies do not work to control your BPH symptoms. If symptoms get worse over time and BPH affects your life in a larger way, there are other treatment options that can help.

Other Treatment Options

You can also speak with your doctor about medications. There are two main categories of medications. The first, Alpha-Blockers, help to relax the muscles in the bladder and prostate. This allows urine to flow more freely.7 The second common category of medications is 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors. These medications are designed to stop the growth or shrink the prostate by lowering production of the hormone DHT (a male sex hormone).8 Sometimes, medications have side effects such as drop in blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and erectile dysfunction, among other things.9 In fact, 71% of people stop taking their medications within a year due to these negative tradeoffs.10

You can also talk to your doctor about minimally invasive enlarged prostate treatment options. Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy is a minimally invasive option to reduce the size of the prostate. Rezūm Therapy uses the natural energy stored in water vapor, or steam, to shrink the prostate so urine can flow freely again.11 Rezūm Therapy is an option for men who are looking to treat their BPH and not just the symptoms of BPH. It’s quick, and most patients get back to their daily activities in a few days.*12 Many patients begin to feel the benefit within weeks. Rezūm Therapy can reduce the need for medicines and preserve your sexual function.11,12

Beyond these, there are several other treatment options available. The prostatic urethral lift (PUL) uses permanent implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way. And, there are other effective surgical procedures such as prostatectomy, laser therapy and transurethral resection of the prostate.

You can take back control of your BPH by finding ways to treat it. Speak with your doctor today about your BPH treatment options, including treatments like Rezūm Therapy. Find a doctor who offers Rezūm Therapy near you and set up an appointment today.

* Dependent on individual clinical situation and healing response.

References:

  1. Barry M, Roehrborn C. Management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Ann Rev Med. 1997 Feb;48:177-89. 
  2. Berry SJ, Coffey DS, Walsh PC, et al. The development of human benign prostatic hyperplasia with age. J Urol. 1984 Sep;132(3):474-9.
  3. WebMD. What’s the best approach to treating BPH? https://www.webmd.com/men/prostate-enlargement-bph/bph-choose-watchful-waiting-medication#1.
  4. Mayo Clinic. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20370093.
  5. Espinosa G. Nutrition and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Curr Opin Urol. 2013 Jan;23(1):38-41. 
  6. Galeone C, Pelucchi C, Talamini R, et al. Onion and garlic intake and the odds of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Urol. 2007 Oct;70(4):672-6.
  7. NIH. Prostate enlargement: benign prostatic hyperplasia. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/prostate-problems/prostate-enlargement-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia. 
  8. Wojcik M, Dennison D. Home study program: photoselective vaporization of the prostate in ambulatory surgery. AORN Journal. 2006 Feb;83(2):347-50. 
  9. Cambio AJ, Evans CP. Outcomes and quality of life issues in the pharmacological management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2007 Mar;3(1):181-96.
  10. Data on file with Boston Scientific.
  11. McVary KT, Rogers T, Roehrborn CG. Rezūm water vapor thermal therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: 4-year results from randomized controlled study. Urology. 2019 Apr;126:171-9. 
  12. McVary KT, Gange SN, Gittelman MC, et al. Minimally invasive prostate convective water vapor energy (WAVE) ablation: A multicenter, randomized, controlled study for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2016 May;195(5):1529-38

All treatments have inherent and associated risks. The Rezūm System is intended to relieve symptoms, obstructions, and reduce prostate tissue associated with BPH. It is indicated for men ≥ 50 years of age with a prostate volume 30cm3 ≤ 80cm3. The Rezūm System is also indicated for treatment of prostate with hyperplasia of the central zone and/or a median lobe. Potential risks include but are not limited to painful urination (dysuria), blood in the urine (hematuria), blood in the semen (hematospermia), decrease in ejaculatory volume, suspected urinary tract infection (UTI), and urinary frequency, retention or urgency. You should talk with your doctor about benefits and risks before moving forward with any treatment option.
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