The Pharmaceutical Approach

This is mostly for individuals who have a severe case of prostate enlargement. Treatment would start with an alpha-blocker, such as Hytrin, in the evening. Keep in mind that alpha-blockers can cause low blood pressure and dizziness. The doctor may also prescribe a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor such as Proscar.

This approach is the most common one taken by traditional American doctors.

The Pharmaceutical and Herbal Approach

This is again for individuals who have a severe case of prostate enlargement, or have a moderate case of enlargement but are impatient for quick relief. The pharmaceutical medicines generally start working quicker.

The recommendations stated above are followed as well as one of the approaches listed below. After a month or two, the patient could try gradually stopping the pharmaceutical medicines to see if the herbs are providing enough benefits.

The Shotgun Approach

If the sufferer doesn't really care to know which one of the herbs is working, and just wants quick relief, he may consider taking a few of the herbs mentioned above at the same time instead of adding each one separately. The advantage to this approach is that he may get faster relief. The disadvantage is that he won't know which one is helping him the most, or whether one of these herbs would have done the job by itself.

For the extremely impatient, who want much quicker relief from symptoms, a pharmaceutical medicine such as an alpha-blocker or a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor such as Proscar can be started concurrently.

Dietary Suggestions

Of course, do not neglect the diet. Although the influence of food on prostate size growth is not quickly apparent, over time, what is eaten could make a significant difference.

Include a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the diet. These may also reduce the risk for prostate cancer.

Soy products have phytoestrogens which could be helpful

Substitute green tea for sodas and coffee

Decrease your consumption of red meat and fatty foods, and instead consume more fish.


Avoid the use of decongestants such as the ones found in cold medicines. Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are some examples. Diet prescription pills can also be a problem.

Avoid excessive alcohol

Don't drink fluids at least two hours before bed. Drink a glass of water upon waking up in the morning in order to rehydrate the body.


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