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Prostate Health FAQ's


Facts Every Man Over 35 Should Know About Prostate Cancer, Prostate Disorders & Natural Alternatives for Treatment.

  • A new case of Prostate Cancer is diagnosed every 3 minutes in America and every 15 minutes a man dies from Prostate Cancer.
  • Prostate Cancer is the second leading type of cancer among men.
  • 11 million men have some form of Prostate Cancer in the U.S.
  • African-American men have the highest rate of Prostate Cancer in the world.
  • Survival rates for men with Prostate Cancer in 1995 were no different than they were in 1965.
  • The age at which Prostate Cancer develops dropped ten years by the year 2000.
  • By the year 2000, Prostate Cancer increased by 90%.

Natural Treatments of Prostate Disorders Have Been Used With Tremendous Success!

If you are familiar with conventional treatments for prostate disorders and are interested in finding out more about gentler, safer, more natural remedies to help your prostate condition, you will find some solutions here.

Research has shown that there are safe, non-drug, non-surgical natural remedies that work effectively in helping with common prostate conditions. There have been many articles about the power of saw palmetto and how it can help even the most enlarged prostate. Additionally, there are two other very powerful, and highly effective herbs proven to help an enlarged prostate (BPH) or prostatitis, as effectively as prescription drugs. They are Pygeum and Nettle Root.

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Pygeum Africanum Pygeum (Pygeum africanum) is used extensively in France and other European countries to treat prostate disorders. In several double-blind studies, pygeum was shown to improve prostate symptoms significantly with no appreciable side effects. One such study also found that pygeum increased sexual ability.

Health Counselor magazine reports that numerous studies on the saw palmetto extract have shown it to be effective in nearly 90 percent of patients, usually in a period of four to six weeks.

Pygeum comes from the African prune tree, an evergreen that grows in central and southern Africa. Historically, natives found its powdered bark to be an effective treatment for urinary disorders. Europeans in Africa took note and pygeum came into use as a valuable treatment for BPH. In France, over 80 percent of all doctors' prescriptions for BPH include pygeum extract. The extract from pygeum contains phytosterols that have been shown to produce anti-inflammatory effects on the prostate. Studies show that pygeum also reduces prolactin levels and blocks the accumulation of cholesterol in the prostate. Other studies show that pygeum acts as a mild antibiotic, which is why it helps relieve the symptoms of prostatitis as well as BPH.

Controlled research studies conducted in European countries have clearly demonstrated pygeum's effectiveness in treating prostate disorders. An example is a double-blind study involving 263 patients that was carried out in eight centers in Germany, France and Austria (Barlet, 1990). A double-blind study is one in which neither the doctor nor the patient knows whether he is taking the medication or a placebo until the end of the trial. The therapeutic results were significant. They showed a remarkable 66 percent improvement in the group receiving pygeum and there were no significant side effects.

An Italian study of men suffering from BPH or chronic prostatitis was done to evaluate the efficacy of pygeum on those conditions (Carani, 1991). Because of the high frequency of association of sexual disorders with those two pathologies, the study was also extended to include a study of sexual disturbances. The results showed that pygeum extract improved all the urinary parameters they investigated and there was also improvement in sexual function. No side effects were observed during the treatment.

Stinging Nettle Root (Urtica dioica) An herb that grows wild in the United States, stinging nettle has been shown to have a highly therapeutic effect on the prostate gland. Like pygeum, urtica dioica contains phytosterols that exert a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on prostate tissue. Scientists have found that Urtica dioica works synergistically with pygeum. In fact, doctors in Europe commonly prescribe a Urtica/Pygeum combination for patients who suffer from prostate disorders.

In a recent study using a combination of pygeum and urtica dioica, of the 2,080 patients suffering from BPH, a vast majority of the patients showed marked improvement in their symptoms by the end of the study (Schneider, 1995). Another study conducted by the Department of Clinical Pharmacology of Tokyo College of Pharmacy in Japan (Hirano, 1994) investigated the effect of Urtica dioica on BPH tissue. The conclusion was that stinging nettle root inhibited certain activity in the prostate to suppress prostate cell metabolism and growth.

Julian Whitaker, M.D., a well-known physician and critic of currently established medical practices, says our government "continuously and irresponsibly ignores the findings of these superior botanica supplements" and has "jumped into bed with the drug companies." Michael Murray, N.D., a leading researcher in the field of natural medicine and coauthor of the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, illustrates the fallacy of assuming that drugs are the only answer for treating prostate problems. In Health Counselor magazine he reports that numerous studies on the saw palmetto extract have shown it to be effective in nearly 90 percent of patients, usually in a period of four to six weeks. In contrast, the drug, Proscar, is effective in reducing the symptoms in less than 37 percent after taking the drug for one year! Murray states, "Clearly, the saw palmetto extract is superior to Proscar. Although Proscar has received much attention, based on the clinical trials, it is much less effective than the extract of saw palmetto berries. Less than 37 percent of patients on Proscar will experience clinical improvement after taking the drug for one year and it must be taken for at least six months before any improvement can be expected."

Chrysin or flavone X, comes from the herb passiflora coerulea. The body can favor the conversion of DHEA, androstenedione and testosterone to estrogen if the male hormone levels get too high. Chrysin works by preventing testosterone's and androstenedione's conversion to estrogen, thereby increasing or maintaining high testosterone levels.

Micronized Progesterone USP Progesterone prevents the body from converting testosterone to di-hydro testosterone (DHT). It does this by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. When a male’s progesterone decreases with age, 5-alpha reductase converts to DHT which is useless at removing the prostate cancer cells that estradiol stimulates. Estradiol also stimulates the enlargement of the prostate.

There is strong biochemical evidence to support the recommendation for men's use of progesterone. The January 28th JAMA1 had an article “To die or not to die?” According to this article, most cells in the body die through the more subtle, non-inflammatory, energy-dependent form of cell death called apoptosis. Recent research into the molecular mechanism of apoptosis has revealed that it is a genetically programmed process that can become deranged when there is a mutation in this process. Dysregulation of apoptosis is associated with the cause of a wide array of diseases: cancer, neurodegeneration, autoimmunity, heart disease, and other disorders. The article clearly shows that traditional chemotherapy using poisons to stop cell hyperplasia do not work as they kill normal cells easier than cancer cells. The new idea promoted by the review is to find agents that activate p53 and deactivate bc12 is the hope of curing cancer. Guess what? Estradiol turns on the cancer gene bc12 and Progesterone turns on the anti-cancer gene p53. Progesterone, like testosterone is an anabolic hormone, meaning that it helps burn fat for energy. Thus, it helps keep men from becoming obese. With less body fat, there is less endogenous (within the body) estrone production.

Dr. John R. Lee, leading author of best-sellers on natural hormone replacement and the use of progesterone, is a strong advocate of progesterone supplementation for men, and recommends between 10 & 12 mg per day.

L-Alanine, L-Glycine & L-Glutamic Acid Amino Acid Therapy for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BHP) has shown for decades to be a successful treatment for this disorder. Specifically the combination Alanine, Glycine and Glutamic Acid appear to have a direct link with prostate problems such as prostate enlargement and frequent urination. In a double blind study to quantify this link, a mixture of these three amino acids was given to half the men in a group of BHP sufferers. A placebo (inert sugar pill) was given to the other half.

Results showed that within the group taking the amino acids:

  • 92% experienced a reduction in prostate size.
  • 95% experienced less nocturia (need to urinate during the night)
  • 81% found they had less urgency to urinate
  • 73% needed to urinate less frequently
  • 71% had reduced discomfort.
  • 70% reported less “delay” in urination
  • None of the subjects reported any adverse side effects or reactions.

While the exact method of action is not fully understood, it is thought that, like other nutritional and herbal supplements, the formula works through a diuretic and anti-edemic effect, reducing swelling of the prostate and surrounding tissues and encouraging normal urine flow.

How Does Saw Palmetto Work?

To understand how saw palmetto works, it's important to have a basic understanding of what causes the prostate gland to become enlarged in the first place. It's widely believed that the primary culprit that causes prostate enlargement is a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is a derivative of testosterone that causes the prostate tissue to grow abnormally large. An increase in the production of DHT begins to occur in men with age (usually after 45).

Research has revealed that the extract of the saw palmetto berry contains very powerful compounds. These compounds found hidden in saw palmetto berry extract consist of fatty acids, and phytosterols (plant sterols). These compounds combat prostate disorders in three unique ways:

  • 1. They inhibit the production of DHT.
  • 2. They inhibit the binding of DHT to androgen receptors in the prostate cells.
  • 3. They block the effect of estrogen on prostate tissue (acts as an aromatase inhibitor).

Clinical Studies Demonstrate Saw Palmetto's Effectiveness

In Treating BPH Over the last decade, there have been over 20 double-blind, placebo controlled clinical studies documenting the safety and effectiveness of saw palmetto as a treatment for an enlarged prostate. In fact, several of these studies have proven that saw palmetto extract is superior to the prescription drug finesteride (Proscar) commonly used to treat BPH. In a recent clinical study published in the journal Phytomedicine, of the 309 men (all suffering from an enlarged prostate) who were treated with saw palmetto extract experienced a 50% decrease in residual urine volume (left over urine in the bladder). In comparison, the prescription drug Proscar showed only a 30% decrease in symptom scores. In another study, 305 men with BPH were treated with 320 mg of saw palmetto daily. After 45 days of treatment, 83% of the patients showed a significant improvement in urinary flow, residual urinary volume and prostate size. After 90 days, the treatment was deemed effective for an astonishing 88% of the patients. Another important finding from this study was that there was no demonstrable effect on PSA levels. This is significant since PSA levels are considered an important guideline in detecting prostate cancer. Treatment using the prescription drug finesteride (Proscar) is known to reduce PSA levels, but experts agree that artificially lowering PSA levels can mask detection of prostate cancer.

Studies Documenting An Even More Powerful Saw Palmetto Combination

In several studies, researchers have found that when saw palmetto extract is combined with the healing herbs pygeum africanum extract, and nettle root extract (urtica dioica), a response is triggered in the body that's far superior to that of a single herb.

In one ground breaking study reported in the Journal of American Botanical Council and Herb Research Foundation, scientists gave patients a combination of saw palmetto extract and nettle root extract for a 12 week period. When the study was complete, the patients taking this herbal combination reduced their frequent nighttime urination (nocturia) by a stunning 50%!

In another impressive study, researchers compared the effectiveness of treating men with BPH (an enlarged prostate) using pygeum alone versus pygeum/nettle root combination. Scientists determined conclusively that the combination of pygeum and nettle root was far superior in improving strength of urinary flow and reducing residual urine (leftover urine in the bladder).

As you can see from this scientific evidence, saw palmetto, pygeum africanum and nettle root extract (urtica dioica) are all proven effective at helping to conquer prostate disorders and their painful symptoms!

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