Herbal Remedies for Enlarged Prostate

Small Flowered Willow Herb and Spiny Cocklebur - two effective herbal remedies for enlarged prostate.


The prostate is part of a man's reproductive system. It is found in front of the rectum and just below the bladder, which stores urine.

The prostate wraps around a tube (the urethra) that carries urine from the bladder out through the tip of the penis.

The prostate's main role is to produce an essential portion of the seminal fluid that carries sperm.

This walnut-shaped gland starts to kick in near puberty and continues to grow and grow.

This enlargement doesn't usually cause symptoms until after age 40, and it usually doesn't cause problems until age 60 or later.

Prostate disorders
Most men over the age of 60 (and some in their 50s) develop some symptoms of prostate problems. The three most common disorders are benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate; prostatitis, an inflammatory infection; and prostate cancer. BPH is so common that some physicians consider it a normal consequence of aging in males.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) occurs in older men; the prostate often enlarges to the point where urination becomes difficult. Symptoms include needing to go to the toilet often (frequency) or taking a while to get started (hesitancy). If the prostate grows too large, it may constrict the urethra and impede the flow of urine, making urination difficult and painful and in extreme cases completely impossible.

Ignoring prostate problems, as some men are, isn't a smart idea. Left untreated, prostate problems can get progressively worse, become more painful, and can lead to dangerous complications, including bladder and kidney infections.

Herbal Remedies for Enlarged Prostate

  • Small Flowered Willow Herb (Epilobium parviflorum). This pleasant herb and flower tea was highly recommended by Austrian herbalist, Maria Treben, for ailing men with prostate abnormalities.

    It contains similar active constituents to those believed to make Green Tea so beneficial, it also contains the active constituents from the more famous Saw Palmetto, it has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, a raft of antioxidants and is considered to have a significant anti-microbial ability.

  • Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens). The extract of the berries of this plant has been shown to work as well or better than prescription drugs in improving urinary flow rates and reducing the symptoms of BPH, such as urinary hesitancy and weak flow.

    The extract works by altering certain hormone levels, thus reducing prostate enlargement. Palmetto extracts can be purchased at the health food store.

  • Spiny Cocklebur Tea (Xanthium spinosum) - infusion or decoction. It has beneficial effects on urinary tract infections, due to the decongestant, anti-inflammatory and disinfecting action.

    It is recommended to combine it with a diuretic tea, for example marigold flowers (Flores Calendulae) or pine buds (Turiones Pini) and completely eliminate the alcohol, coffee, spices, pickles in vinegar, sour or sour fruit (apples, lemons, grapefruits).

  • Stinging nettle. Stinging nettle has been used in Europe for more than a decade, and studies have shown it to reduce symptoms of prostate problems.

    Nettle helps by inhibiting binding of testosterone-related proteins to their receptor sites on prostate cell membranes. Take stinging nettle in extract form (as capsules).

    It has also anti-inflammatory action as Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) thereby bringing down the inflammation encountered in the prostate adenoma.

  • Make an infusion from:
    • 50 g/1.8 oz Spiny Cocklebur (Xanthium spinosum)
    • 100 g/3.5 oz Thyme
    • 100 g/3.5 oz chamomile,
    • 50 g/1.8 oz Fennel
    • Drink 1 cup per day.
  • Juniper oil (4 ml/0.14 oz), caraway oil (5 ml/0.17 oz), fennel oil (5 ml/0.17 oz) - Take 2-5 drops, 2-3 times a day in a teaspoon of honey.

  • For the elderly: Boil 3 teaspoons of Comfrey root (Symphytum officinale) and 1 teaspoon of Spiny Cocklebur (Xanthium spinosum) in 500 ml water. Let steep for 20 minutes, then drink during the day.

Other natural home remedies for prostate disorders:
  • Pumpkin seeds are used by German doctors to treat difficult urination that accompanies an enlarged prostate that is not cancerous. The seeds contain diuretic properties and plenty of zinc, which helps repair and build the immune system. The tastiest way to enjoy pumpkin seeds is to eat them plain. Remove the shells and don't add salt. You can also try a tea. Crush a handful of fresh seeds and place in the bottom of a 1-pint jar. Fill with boiling water. Let cool to room temperature. Strain and drink a pint of pumpkin seed tea a day.
  • Corn silk. The silk from corn has been used by Amish men for generations as a remedy for the symptoms of prostate enlargement. When fresh corn is in season, cut the silk from 6 ears of corn. (Corn silk can be dried for later use, too.) Put in 1 quart water, boil, and simmer for ten minutes. Strain and drink a cup. Drink 3 cups a week.

  • Fish. From the deep comes a way to fight prostate cancer and tumor growth. Try to get 2 servings a week of fish high in omega-3 oils (the good oil), such as tuna, mackerel, or salmon.

  • Soy. Learning to like and use soy foods is an easy and good way to help nip prostate problems in the bud. Soy-based foods contain phytoestrogens, which are thought to help reduce testosterone production, which is believed to aggravate prostate cancer growth. The phytoestrogens are believed to limit the growth of blood capillaries that form around tumors of the prostate.

  • Tomatoes. Seize that salsa! Pour on the spaghetti sauce! Down that tomato juice! Learn to add more tomatoes to your diet. Studies have shown that as little as 2 servings of tomatoes (including cooked tomatoes) a week can help men reduce their risk of prostate cancer by half. These red orbs are full of lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps fight cancer.

  • Watermelon seeds. The Amish use watermelon tea to flush out the system and help with bladder problems and prostate problems. Enjoy a slice of watermelon and spit the seeds in a cup. When you have1/8 cup fresh watermelon seeds, put them in a 1-pint jar and fill with boiling water. Let the tea cool, strain, and drink. Drink 1 pint of tea every day for ten days.


Prostatis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. There are gemmotheraphy preparations alone or in combination that improve symptoms in these cases.

Extract of Black Currant buds (Ribes nigrum) has a cortison-like effect stimulating the production of anti-inflammatory hormones. Administer 2 ml/ 0.07 oz in a little water 2-3 times a day or 2 ml/0.07 oz per day in combination.

Treatment regimen may include extract of Sequoia branches (Sequoia gigantea), extract of Juniper branches (Juniperus communis) or extract of Heather branches (Calluna vulgaris). These extracts may be administered alone or in combination of 2 or 3 products.

You can include in the regimen products that containing standardized extract of Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) and extract of Field Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo). Administer for 3-6 months.

Home remedies for prostatitis:

  • Small Flowered Willow Herb ( Epilobium parviflorum) – one teaspoon of crushed herb into a cup with boiling water. Drink two cups daily - a morning on an empty stomach, the other evening before bed.
  • Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) – Put one teaspoon of blackcurrant in a cup of cold water and let it soak for 12 hours, then strain. Drink 2 cups daily.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Put one teaspoon of yarrow to one cup of water and let it soak for 12 hours, then strain. Drink 3 cups daily.
  • Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) – Make an infusion from one teaspoon of horsetail in one cup of boiling water. Drink 3-4 cups per day.


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