The prostate is a gland situated beneath the male bladder. Prostate contractions force semen through the urethra during male ejaculation. Prostatitis, or enlargement of the prostate, is typically caused by bacteria or hormonal changes. This condition can make urination difficult, and can make the bladder susceptible to infection. Several herbs are helpful for reducing the occurrence and symptoms of prostatitis. Consult your doctor before taking herbs for this or any other condition.
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Echinacea is a plant native to North America that bears purple or red flowers. Native Americans used the leaves, flowers and roots of this plant for dozens of conditions, including inflammation and infection. According to Joe and Teresa Graedon, authors of "The peoples pharmacy guide to home and herbal remedies," Echinacea is currently used in Germany to treat prostatitis by boosting the body's infection-fighting abilities.
Like echinacea, saw palmetto has been used for centuries in Native American medicine. Today, this herb is primarily used as a remedy for prostate enlargement. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, saw palmetto's ability to control prostatitis may stem from natural compounds that reduce the growth of prostate cells.
Nettle, sometimes called "stinging nettle" because of its sharp needle-like protrusions, has been used since at least the bronze age for weaving, says Michael Castleman, author of "The healing herbs." Today, it is used as an herbal supplement to help relieve pain from gout, lower blood pressure and reduce prostate inflammation. German studies indicate that nettle juice may help reduce the symptoms of prostatitis, says Castleman.
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