Herbal medicines relieve the urge to urinate

Herbal medicines relieve the urge to urinate

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Men's health: herbal medicines relieve agonizing urge to urinate.

The prostate is the only human organ that grows in size with age. Their gradual growth, called BPS for short - is noticeable in every second man over 50 with unpleasant symptoms such as constant urge to urinate. Herbal medicines help slow the progression of such symptoms and thus prevent or at least delay surgery.

Extracts from saw palmetto fruits (Serenoa repens, Sabal serrulata), nettle roots (Urtica dioica), as well as sitosterol-containing preparations from Hypoxis rooperi, are particularly suitable for primary therapy of minor to moderate complaints of the lower urinary tract in men, the urologist Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sökeland, Dortmund, recently confirmed. Above all, the effectiveness of the combination of saw palmetto and nettle was tested in several double-blind studies over a longer period.

In a placebo-controlled, double-blind multicenter study, 543 patients over 52 weeks were treated with a saw palmetto-nettle combination or the chemical urological Finasteride. Both preparations proved to be therapeutically equivalent, with better tolerability of the phytopharmaceutical (Sökeland et al, Urologe [A] 1997; 36: 327–333).

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 40 patients, the symptoms of urine flow, frequency of emptying and imperative urge to urinate, as well as the quality of life improved significantly more in the group treated with the plant combination after 24 weeks than in the placebo group.

In another randomized, double-blind study, 140 patients were treated with either the saw palmetto nettle combination or tamsulosin for 60 weeks. The international prostate symptom score (IPSS) decreased equally in both groups. The quality of life developed better under phytotherapy than under the alpha blocker. (Engelmann et al. Drug Research Vol. 56 (2006), 3: 222-229).

Conclusion: While 60 to 70 percent of patients discontinue therapy with alpha blockers after one year due to undesirable side effects, certain phytopharmaceuticals are well tolerated with comparable effectiveness. "However, preference should be given to preparations for which efficacy has been obtained from randomized, double-blind, long-term studies," recommends Professor Sökeland. Further information at: www.phytotherapie-komitee.de (sb)

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