The prostate is a small gland that lives just below the bladder in men.

Prostate health

Understanding prostate health

When it comes to prostate health there is a cultural problem: men find it uncomfortable talking about their prostate. As men age it is common for their prostate to get bigger and, as a result, most men will experience some kind of prostate trouble during their lifetime. Natural prostate enlargement is not life-threatening but it should not be dismissed because, for many men, it will have a major effect on their quality of life (and the life of their partners) because the symptoms are so unpleasant: a frequent need to urinate coupled with difficulty doing so. The good news is there are many things that can be done but it sometimes can be challenging to get people with prostate problems to take it seriously. (1)

The prostate is generally associated with three main conditions:

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): An aging-related enlargement or swelling of the prostate gland.

Prostatitis: Infection or inflammation of the prostate.

Prostate cancer: The growth of cancerous cells inside the prostate, which may break out of the gland and affect other parts of the body. (2)

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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