Stinging Nettle to Treat An Enlarged Prostate
Can Stinging Nettle help with BPH?
Using stinging nettle to treat an enlarged prostate is a scientifically supported alternative to traditional therapy. Surrounding the male's urethra is a walnut-sized organ called the prostate. As a man gets older, this organ can become engorged which can result in many problems. Normal conditions associated with this problem can include things like problems urinating and bladder control problems, blood in the urine, and other symptoms.
It would seem unlikely that a weed such as stinging nettle could have a positive impact on benign prostatic hyperplasia, but research has shown that the plant contains many properties that work not only to correct this problem, but many others. A review of folk remedies reveals that the concept of using this weed is not new, but the science supporting its use is. The remedy allows those with prostrate problems treatment options not available before.
Stinging Nettle is a weed?
Although being a weed, it does have its charm. It grows to almost 5 feet in height (1.5 meters) with yellow and green flowers. As a protection, the stalks are surrounded with tiny hairs that contain formic acid which is what causes that stinging sensation when people touch it. Despite this fact, for centuries this plant has been used for fabric, medicine, and even food as they are a good source of fiber.
Stinging nettle is a good alternative for more than just prostate problems. If used on the skin, it is effective in combating acne, lesions, and even eczema. It also helps maintain elasticity in the skin. It was used for centuries to fight pneumonia, allergies, gangrene, rheumatism, and asthma. Since it purifies the system, especially the kidneys and liver, it has also been used to fight urinary-tract infections and diarrhea.
Stinging Nettle and hair loss-something extra?
One of the newer uses of "the weed" is in counteracting hair loss and fighting dandruff, but what's really gaining popularity is its ability to treat enlarged prostates, especially when combined with saw palmetto. German studies demonstrate that the root has benefits when fighting benign prostatic hyperplasia especially in stages I and II. When combined with saw palmetto berries, it has been found to equal the effectiveness of the generic drug finasteride, but does not have the same side effects.
Problems with urinary flow for those with an enlarged prostate include an inability to completely empty the bladder when urinating, leakage, and nighttime flow, which is called micturition. During the German study, subjects tested demonstrated increased flow for those taking the generic drug as well as those using the stinging nettle/saw palmetto herbal treatment. This was supported in follow-up research conducted in Europe that had equivalent results.
For men who are turning 50, it is highly recommended that yearly checkups be conducted for this condition. It has been found that about 50% of men have an enlarged prostate, and the earlier it is found, the earlier it can be treated with supplements such as stinging nettle. Of course, before any new regime is embraced, herbal or otherwise, consultation with a doctor should be scheduled.
Advantages of using "the weed" include a reduction of tissue growth on and in the prostate, reduction of inflammation and swelling within the prostate, enhancement of sexual potency, and the alleviation of urinary disorders. What this means is that no longer will there be a need to arise several times during the night in order to empty a bladder. Difficulty emptying the bladder during the day will be relieved. Using this plant to treat an enlarged prostate is not a new concept, but studies now supports effectiveness.
This article was written by Dr. Clarence A. Grasty
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