Enlarged prostate is the most common cause of incontinence in men after the age of 40; sometimes prostate cancer may also be associated with urinary incontinence. Moreover drugs or radiation used to treat prostate cancer can also cause incontinence.
Used in folk medicine for centuries, epilobium has been “rediscovered” by Western cultures in recent years as a natural support for prostate and urinary tract health. Certain species have been identified as particularly beneficial in inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase [Lesuisse, 1996] and serving as an anti-inflammatory inhibitor [Juan et al 1988].
In 2003, The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology published results of an epilobium study led by Annabella Vitalone, MD that specifically addresses the use of epilobium in treating the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Epilobium promotes prostate health, supports normal urination frequency, and supports normal prostate size.
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The following article on Epilobium was written by L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D.:
Prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is one of the leading health concerns of men today and affects about half of all men in their lifetime to one degree or another. A healthy, normal-sized human prostate gland is slightly larger than a walnut. However, it is situated in such a way that it completely surrounds the urethra (the flexible tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside world). Because of the unusual location of this gland, as it enlarges, it can squeeze down on the urethra, making urination difficult and the flow intermittent. This may result in a sense of urgency, but only a slight trickle of urine may actually stream out. So the need for urination becomes more frequent, and one has to wake up more often in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Sooner or later, this constriction will not only impede the flow of urine, it will completely block it due to “strangulation,” inflicting serious abdominal pain as the bladder expands to its upper limit.
Men’s prostate concerns also raise serious questions about how to help this condition. As a medical doctor with a focus on complementary and alternative medicine, I have come to the firm conclusion that, unless the condition is life threatening, men are far better off using a nutritional or herbal approach to prostate health—and I recently was made aware of a new men’s health herb that I want to introduce you to. It is called epilobium. It’s important for you to know about Epilobium, even if you are now using saw palmetto, and particularly if your doctor is telling you to go on medical drugs and your condition is not in any way life threatening. That’s partly because I have become quite concerned over the side effects of many of the drugs that patients are being prescribed today. Among the most popular prescription drugs for the treatment of BPH are Flomax (tamsulosin) and Proscar (finasteride).
SIDE EFFECTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Controlled clinical trials of Proscar have revealed side effects in a large number of men. In the Proscar Long-Term Efficacy and Safety Study (PLESS)—a four-year controlled clinical trial— 3,040 male patients between the ages of 45 and 78 with symptomatic BPH and an enlarged prostate were evaluated for safety over a period of four years. In the first year alone, up to 18 percent of men on the drug suffered impotence, decreased libido, and decreased semen volume. In another study, there were four cases of breast cancer in men treated with Proscar but none among those men not using the drug. Additional studies have confirmed these serious side effects. No wonder women are further advised to not even touch the drug if there is any chance whatsoever they will become pregnant.
When patients specifically request help for prostate problems, doctors frequently recommend saw palmetto, but epilobium might be superior, as we recognize that saw palmetto doesn’t work for all men and epilobium has independent positive effects on male hormone balance. Furthermore, according to the Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines (3rd Edition), there are no observable side effects for epilobium. As a doctor interested in the best medicine for patients, epilobium represents a great benefit-to-risk ratio.