Integrative Medicine Blog
Ayurvedic Herbal Formulas May Help BPH
BPH refers to enlargement of the prostate that commonly occurs with age in men.
Evidence-based research supports the use of Ayurvedic herbal formulas for men with BPH. BPH refers to enlargement of the prostate that commonly occurs with age in men. As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze on the urethra and affect the flow of urine. Symptoms of BPH include changes in urinary frequency, urgency of urination, weak stream of urine, straining to void urine, intermitting stream of urine, and dribbling urinary flow. One clinical trial examined 101 men of age 50 years and older with BPH (Agarwal et al, 2010). Half of the men were given an Ayurvedic herbal formula for 6 months and the other half were given a placebo. The men were followed at monthly intervals and assessed using digital rectal exam and the American Urological Association (AUA) symptom index score. The AUA score is measured by asking patients 8 questions about their urination symptoms. The researchers of the study also measured uroflowmetry and ultrasonography at 3 month and 6 months follow-up. The results of the clinical trial showed statistically significant decrease in urinary symptoms of BPH with taking the Ayurvedic formula in comparison to placebo, as measured by the AUA score. Post-void residual urine volume (the amount of urine remaining in the bladder after urinating) decreased with taking the Ayurvedic herbal formula in comparison to placebo, which is beneficial since incomplete voiding of urine can lead to increased risk of urinary tract infections. This Ayurvedic herbal formula contains herbs that work in a synergistic way to relax smooth muscle around the prostate, decrease inflammation, and reduce oxidative stress. Ayurvedic herbal formulas are one of the tools that naturopathic healthcare can use to support men’s health.
Agarwal, V.N., Agarwal, P., & Patki, P.S. (2010). Clinical evaluation of himplasia in management of benign prostate hyperplasia. Indian Medical Journal, 104(1), 20-27.