Herbafayre By Jean Blacker

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My husband has been told by his doctor that he has an enlarged prostate. Are there any natural remedies that might help with his symptoms? He often wakes in the night to use the bathroom and says he feels as though he’s not emptying his bladder properly.

A: Jean Blacker from Herbafayre says: Prostate disorders are much more common than most people think, affecting over 50% of men over the age of fifty and almost all men over the age of eighty.

A walnut-sized gland located below the bladder, the prostate surrounds the urethra which drains the bladder.

As men get older the prostate gland starts to enlarge, slowly squashing the urethra and reducing the amount of space available for urine to pass through. Although uncomfortable it is not life-threatening. As you describe, symptoms can include a need to urinate frequently especially at night, weak or interrupted urinary flow and a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder properly.

Fortunately there are a number of nutrients and natural remedies that can help. Perhaps the first that springs to mind is Saw Palmetto, an American Saw Palm found exclusively in Florida.

Used centuries ago by the Native Americans, the much documented Saw Palm contains precious oily berries that can help to reduce the symptoms of prostate enlargement.

In sufficient quantities they contain enough essential fatty acids and plant sterols to help inhibit the production of DHT. Their oil also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation so relieving pressure on the bladder.

Men taking prescribed medicines for BPH or other hormonal imbalances should consult their GP before taking Saw Palmetto.

Likewise, if your husband’s condition worsens, he passes blood or is feverish, he should return to see his GP.

For further advice, please ask at your local health shop.