Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a condition that affects the prostate gland in men. In BPH, the prostate gland grows and may apply pressure against the urethra and can slow or decrease the flow of urine during urination. This particular enlargement being “benign” means that it isn’t due to cancer or infection. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/men/prostate/148.html Doxazosin combined with finasteride was found to be the most successful drug combination in the relief of symptoms and prevention of BPH progression, according to a trial performed by the Medical Therapy of Prostatic Syndromes, with their research being also supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, 2006) In doing my research for a herbal supplement in which I would like for a family member to try if they were faced with BPH, would be Saw palmetto. According to the American Botanical Council, Saw palmetto is the leading herbal treatment for BPH in the United States. (Kirchheimer, 2003) I finally found the names of the certification symbols which should be (or at least I will) looked for when purchasing non FDA regulated supplements. These symbols of these three companies help the consumer by verifying the contents of that specific product. They are the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), NSF International, and ConsumerLab.com certifications which can be found on SOME supplement labels. For more information on what all things each one checks for, because they all three are a little different, you can go to http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=506. It is so hard for me to say which one I believe is most effective in treating ailements, medicinal drugs or herbal treatments, because I have excellent result from both. My mother is all about herbal supplements, and while living in southeast Alabama, I really enjoyed listening to a Dr. Joel Wallach, the author of Dead Doctor’s...
Bibliography: Kirchheimer, S. (2003, Feb 04). Herbal Remedies Can Aid Prostate Health. Retrieved September 13, 2010, from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/news/20030204/herbal-remedies-prostate
Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. (2006). Retrieved September 13, 2010, from National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/prostateenlargement/
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