Prostate Enlargement: Is Alternative Treatment Worth It?


Prostate gland enlargement is almost regarded as a part of ageing process for men above 50 years of age.

If you are trying to find an alternative treatment or herbal  treatment for a health condition, it might seem like trial and error. You often have to trust on friends and word of mouth.  

As there is not enough scientific research that can prove about supplements being effective course of  treatment.

As far as the treatment of prostate enlargement or BPH goes, some men have found success with supplements and yes there is some scientific research to back that success.

alternative cure for bph

When you have BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), your prostate is larger than normal. It can cause problems such as a weak urine stream or a need to pee a lot throughout the day.

Your doctor might suggest a prescription drug to treat your symptoms, but you might find that the side effects are too much to take. Or, you’d just rather not have to take medicine so often.

 The Issue with Supplements:

Supplements aren’t as closely regulated as medicines your doctor prescribes.

That means their quality, safety, and effects can vary. It’s best to talk to your doctor before you start any supplement. They may cause problems with prescription medicines, treatments, or tests you might need.

The best studied,most commonly used supplements to treat BPH are:

  • Beta-sitosterol: This is a substance found in many plants. It doesn’t affect the size of the prostate, but it may help your bladder empty and give you a stronger urine flow. It may improve other BPH symptoms as well.
  • Studies with Harzol and Azuprostat, two supplements that contain beta-sitosterol from South African stargrass, have shown particular promise.
  • Pygeum: This comes from the bark of the African plum tree. It seems to help some men with BPH wake up less at night to pee, go fewer times during the day, have a stronger urine stream, and empty their bladders better.
  • Rye pollen extract: This substance may improve a number of BPH symptoms, such as:Dribbling after you finish peeing and having to pee often throughout the day.
  • Saw palmetto: This is a short tree that grows in North America. Some small studies have shown a benefit. However, several large studies do not show that saw palmetto reduces the size of the prostate or eases urinary symptoms.
  • Use of saw palmetto may relieve common BPH symptoms such as :
  •  You have a hard time getting pee to start
  • You must go often throughout the day
  • Having a weak stream
  • Having an urgent need to urinate
  • It may also help with waking up at night to go to the bathroom and feeling like you still have to pee after you just went.

For men who’ve had success with saw palmetto, it can take about 4 to 6 weeks to see results. 

Other Supplements 

Other supplements show hopeful signs of helping in studies so far, but there’s less research on these than the more common options.

 Stinging nettle: This is a type of herb, and its root may help with urine flow and waking up a lot at night to pee. It’s sometimes used along with other supplements to treat BPH symptoms.

Pumpkin seeds: These and pumpkin seed oil extract seem to help with BPH symptoms and may shrink the size of the prostate. It may also be helpful when used along with other supplements such as saw palmetto. (Ref:

Three Types of Japenese Mushrooms

maitake mushrooms for BPH

Maitake Mushrooms

In comparison to  to other mushrooms, maitake has shown better results in preventing and treating cancer and other health conditions. Maitake also has a positive effect on overall immunity.
Maitake mushrooms are rich in:

  • antioxidants
  • beta-glucans
  • vitamins B and C
  • copper 
  • potassium
  • fiber
  • minerals
  • amino-acids
  •  The mushrooms are also:
  • fat -free
  • Low sodium
  • Low calorie and cholestrol free 

According to one of the studies: A bioactive beta-glucan from the Maitake mushroom has a cytotoxic effect, presumably through oxidative stress, on prostatic cancer cells in vitro, leading to apoptosis. Potentiation of GD action by vitamin C and the chemosensitizing effect of GD on carmustine may also have clinical implication,meaning , this unique mushroom polysaccharide may have great a potential as an alternative therapeutic modality for prostate cancer. (Ref: 

Reishi Mushrooms

reishi mushrooms for bph

The reishi mushroom, also known by the botanical name ,  Ganoderma lucidum and lingzhi, is actually a fungus that grows in a  hot and humid  climate manily in Asia.

According to various  studies , reishi mushrooms can positively affect the genes in white blood cells.

We all know that white blood cells are one of the mose critical part of our immune system.

What’s more, these studies have found: (trusted source:

"that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells.

Research in cancer patients has shown that some of the molecules found in the mushroom can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells.Natural killer cells fight infections and cancer in the body.

Another study found that reishi can increase the number of other white blood cells (lymphocytes) in those with colorectal cancer. (Ref:

 Shiitake Mushrooms



 Shiitake mushrooms also have exceptional anti-oxidant properties. In fcat, shitake mushrooms contain a compound that can reasonably  reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. These mushrooms  also contain beta-glucans that reduce inflammation and help prevent the intestines from absorbing cholesterol. Support immune health.(Ref:


Coping with prostate disease is never easy. You may find that established treatments are not always particularly effective and you may want to try other more natural methods for prostate enlargement, such as herbs and supplements. But you should use them with caution, and always check with your doctor before taking any new type of medication.


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