Night-time Peeing Keeping You Awake?
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on May 20, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Fellows, are you getting up more than a couple of times a night to pee? Or, you feel like you need to go, then can only urinate a wee dribble (and it’s difficult to get even that going!) so you turn around and go back to bed… only to lay down and feel like you need to go again?!
Well, if this is sounding familiar, you may have what many men over the age of about forty-five commonly experience: benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
BPH, as the name indicates, is a benign enlargement of the prostate. It commonly occurs as men get older and is due to the cumulative effects of the hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), upon the prostate cells. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that encircles the urethra where it exits from the bladder. When the prostate is enlarged, it constricts the urethra and impedes the flow of urine, making it difficult to completely empty the bladder.
DHT is converted from its less-active form, testosterone, within the prostate cells and causes them to enlarge and multiply. Interestingly, DHT also affects the scalp follicles, which is why hair loss and male pattern baldness also typically increases as a man gets older.
Prosta-Gold is a safe, natural herbal remedy designed to support prostate health. It contains several herbs traditionally used for BPH including Nettle Root and Saw Palmetto, clinically proven to help reduce enlarged prostate. Saw Palmetto inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, enabling the prostate to shrink back to a more normal size. Other herbs such as Sarsaparilla and Dong Quai are included in Prosta-Gold to provide hormone support and help protect the prostate.
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