Herbal Management of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
- Corresponding Author:
- Nyamai DW
Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
School of Pure and Applied Sciences Kenyatta University
P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 23, 2016; Accepted May 27, 2016; Published May 30, 2016
Citation: Nyamai DW, Arika WM, Rachuonyo HO, Wambani JR, Ngugi MP (2016) Herbal Management of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. J Cancer Sci Ther 8:130-134. doi:10.4172/1948-5956.1000404
Copyright: © 2016 Nyamai DW, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an age dependent condition that affects old men. The condition is associated with symptoms like frequency in urination, hesistancy, nocturia, weak urine stream and sexual dysfunction. There is thus, need for update of the medications of the disease. Most BPH patients use conventional methods that include drugs targeting 5-alpha reductase enzyme and invasive surgery. These conventional methods lead to severe side effects including erectile dysfunction and gynecomastia. People prefer to go for phytotherapy for the management of the condition to avoid these adverse effects. Finasteride, for example has been found to cause erectile disfunction unlike Serenoa repens whose side effects are infrequent and mild. This review provides information on conventional methods of alleviating the condition as well as phytotherapy options. Alternative medicine alleviate the symptoms of BPH but have less severe or no side effects.