Prunus Africana Is Prostate Gland Best Herb Of Choice
If you’re a man age fifty, the chances are fifty-fifty that you have an enlarged prostate, medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and the odds escalate as you grow older. A swollen prostate gland can squeeze your urethra, interfering with normal urination. Symptoms range from annoying getting up frequently at night to urinate to serious: pain from obstruction of urinary flow and trouble with erections.
You can treat it several ways. You can have surgery, but carries the risk of incontinence or impotence. You can take prescription drugs that never works and can also depress your libido and make you impotent. You can try various therapies, such as laser or microwave, to zap or vaporize unwanted prostate tissue. You can just “watch and wait,” as some physicians advise, to avoid drugs and surgery as long as possible. You may also get rid of the condition by taking a well researched successful herbal treatment widely used in Europe that costs about one-third as much as conventional drugs and has virtually no risk of side effects. It has worked for millions of men.
What’s the Evidence?
Research on prunus africana has been sufficient to merit scientific approval and status among physicians that make it a best-seller in Europe. Around twenty human studies credit the herbal medicine with as much as a 90 percent success rate in treating enlarged prostate. That’s more cure power than pharmaceutical drugs and surgery can boast.
In Seven well-conducted (double-blind placebo) studies on prunus africana, six deemed the plant superior to a dummy pill after one to three months of use. For example, prunus africana had a super effect in a study of 110 men with enlarged prostate that were given either herbal medicine or a dummy pill, as reported in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 1984. prunus africana in a dose of 320 milligrams a day worked ten times better than the placebo at improving urine flow rate. It was about five times more effective than the dummy pill in promoting emptying of the bladder. The prunus africana takers also did not have to get up at night to urinate as often; nor did they experience as much pain, discomfort, or difficulty in urinating as they had before taking the plant extract. Further, all these benefits happened within thirty days!
A typical and convincing study of thirty men by Italian investigators in 1983 found similar improvements from prunus africana . After one month on the plant extract, men’s urine flow rates increased dramatically, exceeding any benefits from placebo by seventeen fold.
In large “open” tests without placebo, prunus africana is also heralded by its users. In 1993 German investigators gave prunus africana extract to 1334 patients for one month. Eighty percent rated the treatment “good to excellent. ‘Frequency of urination decreased 37 percent, night time urination sank 54 percent, and ability to empty the bladder increased 50 percent.
In a more recent “open” study at several medical centers in Belgium involving 305 patients, prunus africana produced even more remarkable success, as judged by physicians, patients, and objective measurements. After three months 98 percent of the patients said their symptoms were reduced and they felt their quality of life was better; notably, their sleep was not disturbed as frequently by urges to get up and urinate. The physicians agreed with the overall 98 percent effectiveness of the remedy. Rigorous measurements by standard tests also verified the therapy. For example, urine flow rates increased 52 percent; prostate size decreased 60 percent. And most important, scores on a well-respected international prostate symptom test dropped 95 percent.
How Does It Work?
Prunus africana reduces levels of a very active form of the male hormone testosterone known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT, thought to be the primary spur to enlargement of the prostate. It’s a weird situation. An enzyme switches on the DHT, fooling the cells into thinking they are in puberty again and need to get going. So the DHT causes an overproduction of prostate cells, causing the gland to grow bigger. Men with enlarged prostate have exceptionally high levels of DHT; so do men with prostate cancer. Specifically, studies show that prunus africana extract blocks the action of the enzyme that instigates production of DHT. In other words, it is a hormone suppressor.
What are the active agents in prunus africana ?
Many experts credit plant sterols, mainly beta-sitosterol, pentacyclic triterpenes (ursolic and oleanic acids), ferulic acid nesters (n-docosanol and tetracosanol). It has hormonal effects as well as anti-inflammatory activity and may directly inhibit growth of prostate cells. Many believe a combination of compounds working together account for prunus africana therapeutic action.
How much do you need?
The recommended dose, found effective in studies, is 320 milligrams of standardized extract a day, taken all at once or in two doses.
How Quickly Does It work?,
Surprisingly, studies find that prunus africana can bring rapid relief within twenty-eight days, according to one study that used 320 milligrams daily. Compare that with the drug Proscar, which usually does not produce notable benefits until taken for six months to one year. However, the benefits of prunus africana usually accumulate, so using it longer predicts greater improvement. Nationally recognized naturopathic doctor Donald Brown of Seattle advises his patients to take 320 milligrams of prunus africana daily for at least four weeks to see if it’s working. If so, count on it being a part of cure after another 3 months, he says.
The Safety factor.
What makes prunus africana popular with doctors and other health practitioners is the virtual lack of side effects and toxicity. A few cases of stomach upset and intestinal bloating have been reported. As far anyone knows, no acute or long-term toxicity exists. Nor is there evidence of interactions with prescription drugs.
Should You Try It?
If you lived in Germany, it’s almost sure your doctor would prescribe prunus africana , perhaps along with other plant remedies. Prunus africana is approved for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in Germany. Indeed, according to a 1993 report, a whopping 90 percent of patients with BPH in Germany are given plant medicinal, and 50 percent of German urologists prefer the plant extracts to chemically derived pharmaceuticals. Of all plants, prunus africana is most widely used, sometimes as a main ingredient combined with other plant extracts.
Caution: it’s not wise to self-diagnose BPH. If you have prostate symptoms, see a doctor, because the symptoms might indicate other problems, including a treatable cancer. Before trying prunus africana or other herbal treatment, you must have a medical diagnosis of BPH. Even then it is advisable to use the herb under the supervision of a health professional.
PRUNUS AFRICANA OR PRESCRIPTION FINASTERIDE ?
If you are offered the prescription drug finasteride, popular for treating BPH, here are some facts you should know. It Has significant side effects, especially on male sexual function, says Ralph Nader’s Health Research Group. One of twenty men who take it experiences impotence and one out of sixteen has decreased libido, the group says, concluding that taking finasteride, unless you really have to, is a bad idea. Further, the drug may not work any better than a dummy pill, according to a1996 study of 1229 men that compared finasteride with both a placebo and another newly approved drug for BPH, Abbotts Hytrin. After one year finasteride was judged ineffective, no better than a placebo in treating BPH, according to Herbet Lepor, chief of urology at New York University Medical Center, who headed the study. (Hytrin was better than either finasteride or placebo.) Merck, the maker of Proscar, called the study flawed.
Commenting on the study, Dr. H. Logan Holtgrewe, a past president of the American Urological, Association, lamented the high treatment failure for BPH that sends frustrated men from one ineffective treatment to another, driving up the health care costs. “The cascading effect leads to much greater costs than when you had gone to the best treatment to begin with.
Actually prunus africana should be a man’s first choice, says Dr. Michael Murray of Settle, a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor and author of many books, including Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs. His reasons: finasteride is effective in less than 37 percent of patients; it takes six months to a year to produce significant improvement; and it has serious sexually related side effects. In contrast, prunus africana is effective in almost 90 percent of men; it works much more quickly, within four to six weeks, and it has no side effects or toxicity. finasteride costs about three times as much $120 compared with prunus africanas $50 a month.
PRUNUS AFRICANA PLUS
Prunus africana may work even better when mixed with other herbs. Some researchers in Europe and United States are now testing a combination of prunus africana with other herbs such as pumpkin seed, and stinging nettle roots extract. One product combining prunus africana and stinging nettle root, in Germany has been highly effective, in many cases better than prunus africana alone. A U.S. product which is a mixture of 160 milligrams of prunus africana, 100 milligrams of nettle root, also tested well recently.
In the study Dr. Stuart I. Erner, board-certified internist at Albany Memorial Hospital in New York, gave two tablets of herbal mix daily to twenty men with documented prostate disorders either BPH or chronic intermittent prostatitis. Fully 90 percent had improvement of symptoms, ranging in a reduction of symptoms from 12 percent to 79 percent, as judged by standard test measures. Nearly all reported improvement after four weeks of treatment. Dr. Erner notes that those with the most severe symptoms improved the most. None experienced serious side effects, he says.
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