BPH do natural remedies work, such as pumpkin oil?

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I'm trying to find an alternative way to treat my BPH symptoms. Does anyone have any reviews I'm using things like pumpkin oil in massive amounts or saw palmento as well as other commonly used natural remedies. In Germany a lot of doctors start off with these things before they go to synthetic medications.

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    These things may help a tiny bit around the margins, but haven't for me.  The only things that appear to help (short of a procedure - most of which have limited success vis-a-vis the risks/side effects) are limiting daily liquid intake and cutting out alcohol and caffeine (the worst offenders).

    Best of luck!

     

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    I also have extensively tried everything including a home-brewed alcohol extraction from saw palmetto berries (the ground up berries in pill form are supposed to be definitely useless), pumpkin seeds, and a slanted bed. High fat, low carb diet. Whole plant food diet. Nothing worked. However, everyone is different. Good luck!   Paul

    P.S. At least with CIC I can drink coffee, tea and wine without having to worry if they are contributive. I don't believe that they act upon the prostate, rather their diuretic effect can cause quick buildup and thus elimination issues.

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     In Germany a lot of doctors start off with these things before they go to synthetic medications.

    Becuse they don't work. rolleyes

     

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      And there are real issues with the synthetics - fatigue, unreliability (they simply don't work that well and retention at times can be as bad as not taking them), partial effectiveness ...

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    I've been taking a prostate formula now for about 11 mo.  I took a whole bottle of prostate formula from Costco that had pumpkin seed oil, saw pimento, and a few other minor ingredients I think.  After that I got something else that Costco sold and am taking it now.  I think that it is helping, like someone said, marginally.  Something IS changing for the better but I attribute most of it to doing CIC.  My urges, almost non-existent for awhile as my prostatitis brought my problem to a head, are definitely stronger and at a lower retention level.  It was before that if I could do a NV of @30cc (not much) then I was retaining about 400cc.  Its taken months but now when I cic after these small NVs I maybe typically only get out 320cc.  It varies.  But it is changing.  I refused the drugs after I saw the side-effects that some report.  I just had cataract surgery a couple of years ago and I didn't want any floaters in my vision than I already have.  The light-headedness scares me too with the prescription drugs.  Sorry, I'm not much help because I really don't know how much of my improvement is due to the herbal remedies.  I would guess not much.  I knew that most men don't see any relief from these (or even the prescriptions drugs) for about 5-6 months if at all.

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    Supplements and meds rarely work.
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      Hi, do you think that cialis 5mg by itself would work well enough. And also if I was to take cialis how long would it take to start to work well? I took it for about three days 5 mg as an experiment but it didn't seem to have an effect much on my BPH symptoms.

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    Major threat in taking natural remedies could be urine retention due to their use which must be checked while taking such medicines.
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      Hi, but do you think drinking pumpkin oil could cause actual retention? I've read that it blocks the conversion to testerone which can stop prostate enlargement from continuing. I want to try any other natural medications other than the ones that they recommend because of the side effects

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    In November 2000, I had an accident at sea, which affected my prostate. I spent two days in agony sailing back to Spain in a storm. Eventually I arrived at Clinica Europa in Marbella. The resident urologist treated me and told me NEVER to take antihistamines. I didn't question him, I just haven't taken antihistamines and here I am 18 years later, still with a swollen prostate and getting by with a nightly Flomax. My 1st drink of the day is green tea with honey and a few slices of raw ginger. There's more but the stink of snake oil puts people off. Everything works and I'm 78 this year. Good luck and avoid the knife.

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    Yep.  they sent me in to retention 3 1/2 years ago - from which I've not yet recovered.  100% CIC.

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      Hi,  I can see how cold medication or Antihistamines could cause retention. But things like pumpkin oil are suppose to help somewhat in BPH symptoms.
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      That's right, too, johnny90372.  Chief among the culprits in cold medications or antihistamines is something called diphenhydramine.  It's an adrenergic.  It can worsen urinary symptoms by preventing muscles in the prostate and bladder neck from relaxing to allow urine to flow freely. Takeaway:  if you're a guy with prostate issues, stay way from the Benadryl and any medication with the acronym "P.M." in the name.  For example, "Aleve P.M."  These analgesics relieve everything, except the prostate.

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