Why are herbal products becoming increasingly popular in treating BPH?

The interest in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)-related symptoms with herbs has increased in the United States because of herbal use in Europe and for the following other reasons:
  • The public considers herbs to be safer than medications because herbs are natural. In fact, the herbal preparations that are used with BPH are very safe, with few adverse effects and no serious ones. (But because some herbs used for other conditions can cause significant side effects and can interact with prescription medications, your doctor should know if you are taking any herbal product.)
  • Herbs are inexpensive and readily available, so many men think that herbs are worth trying before they go to the doctor.

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