Are there alternative treatments for prostate diseases?

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  • Complimentary and alternative medicines may help treat prostate diseases and relieve symptoms. Some men use the herb saw palmetto to relieve symptoms of enlarged prostate. Other men may make dietary changes to include high quantities of lycopene, which helps prevent prostate cancer. Biofeedback and acupuncture may also help manage pain associated with chronic prostatitis. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options and whether alternative medicine may be right for you.

  • ADavid Hoffmann, Integrative Medicine, answered

    A common prostate complaint is that of an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. BPH is accompanied by a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as too-frequent urination, having trouble starting or maintaining urination, and needing to urinate during the night. A number of herbs have been shown to ease the discomforts of an enlarged prostate gland.


    Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an herb widely used to treat this common condition in older men. The plant was a staple food and medicine for the Native Americans of the southeastern US. Clinical studies suggest that it is effective for treating the discomforting symptoms of BPH. Some studies suggest that saw palmetto is as effective in treating the symptoms of BPH as the commonly prescribed medication, without the unpleasant side effects, such as loss of libido. As the fat-soluble part of the herb is considered the active component for prostate conditions, it is best to use what are commercially called ‘lipophilic’ extracts. The label should indicate that contents are standardized and contain 85- 95% fatty acids and sterols.


    Recent research has also shown the value of Nettle Root (Urtica dioica).  This root has effectively helped treat benign prostate enlargement in older men. These studies showed that nettle root both improves urine flow and reduces urinary frequency. Saw palmetto is often combined with nettle root extract to treat BPH.
  • APeter Bongiorno, ND, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
    Dr. Peter Bongiorno - Are there alternative treatments for prostate diseases?

    Watch as Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist Dr. Peter Bongiorno discusses some alternative treatments for men suffering from prostate diseases.

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