Men: Night-time Bathroom Visits Keeping You Up? It May Be Your Prostate
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on February 9, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Fellows, are you getting up more than a couple of times a night to pee? Having difficulty getting the flow started (hesitancy), or feel like your bladder isn’t emptying completely?
These are common signs of an enlarged prostate,* and are often associated with a condition called “benign prostatic hypertrophy” (BPH). BPH frequently occurs as a man gets older, due to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is basically a more active form of testosterone, and it causes the prostate cells to enlarge and/or multiply. (The prostate is a small gland that encircles the urethra where it exits from the bladder; when it becomes too large, it can end up impeding the flow of urine.)
*Other conditions may also cause enlargement of the prostate, therefore it’s recommended that you have a regular check up by your doctor, especially after about the age of 45 or if you have any unusual symptoms.
To help ease the symptoms of BPH (including disruptive night-time frequency), herbs such as Saw Palmetto, Nettle (root), Sarsaparilla, and Dong Quai have traditionally been used to reduce enlarged prostate. Nutrients including zinc (which concentrates in prostatic secretions about 500x more than in blood), lycopene (the red pigment in tomatoes), and omega-3 fish oils will also help keep your prostate healthy.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan