Probably the most common men’s health issue is inflammation or enlargement of the prostate. Sadly, these and other kinds of reproductive conditions are on the increase with each successive generation, affecting men at an earlier age. The good news is that most prostate problems can be prevented, and they respond well to herbal treatment.

The prostate gland produces a fluid that makes up a significant proportion of the volume of semen when a man ejaculates. This gland sits directly under the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra passes through the prostate immediately after exiting the bladder

There are three major types of conditions that affect the prostate:

  • Prostatitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the prostate which may or may not be due to infection; chronic non-infectious prostatitis is by far the most common form.
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate due to an increase in the reproductive rate and number of certain types of prostate cells.
  • Prostate cancer is the third and most serious of these conditions.

The urinary tract and rectum are organs through which most of the waste products and toxins in our body are eliminated. The higher the level of toxicity in a person’s body, the higher the level of toxicity present in their urine and feces. The proximity of the prostate to these organs makes it very susceptible to an accumulation of toxicity – both as urine passes through the prostate, and as toxins leach out of urine stored in the bladder and feces stored in the rectum between bowel movements.

The primary cause of most prostate conditions is toxicity in general, and hormone disruptors in particular.

Symptoms (LUTS)

  • Nocturia – night time urination
  • Urinary Hesitancy – Difficulty starting urination
  • Frequency (<2 hours between)
  • Urgency
  • Weak stream – stopping and starting


In order to prevent or support the treatment of prostate conditions, a number of dietary and lifestyle recommendations are helpful. In terms of diet, it is important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables; reduce consumption of red meats and dairy products (vegetarians have a lower incidence of prostate conditions); reduce consumption of processed foods; and eat mostly whole, natural foods – preferably certified organically grown. In particular, berries, pumpkin seeds and vegetables from the mustard family (arugula, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rapini, etc.) are beneficial for the prostate.


There are many herbs that can be used to treat conditions of the prostate. Because of the proximity of this organ to the urinary tract, herbs that most benefit the prostate are also used to treat urinary conditions. However, not all urinary herbs are equal when it comes to treatment of prostate conditions. Often, that work best are those that also have some hormonal activity. Stinging nettle herb and rhizome (Urtica dioica) is an excellent prostate herb. The rhizome is a bit stronger, but the aerial parts of the leaf and flower are effective as well. In the case of the rhizome, the North American variety, slender stinging nettle, is the most effective.

Another group of related herbs that are excellent for the prostate are the willowherbs (Epilobium parviflorum) that is most popular, however I prefer great hairy willowherb (E. hirsutum). All parts of Queen Ann’s lace (Daucus carota) are beneficial for the prostate, but for this herb it is the seed that is preferred. Other excellent prostate herbs include yellow and white sweet clover herb (Melilotus officinalis and M. alba), common horsetail herb (Equisetum arvense) and sweet and spotted Joe-Pye rhizome (Eupatorium purpureum and E. maculatum).

There are a number of supplements that can be beneficial for the prostate – of particular importance are zinc, selenium and vitamin D. Polyphenols such as flavonoids, catechins and anthocyanidins are also beneficial.


The herb Saw Palmetto may help as an anti-estrogenic agent, maintaining testosterone levels, and is also beneficial for the prostate. Stinging Nettle Extract Traditionally used as a diuretic and laxative.
Lycopene, this phyto-nutrient is found in many red fruits and vegetables, particularly tomatoes, and has powerful antioxidant properties. Several studies have sought to analyze the anti-cancer properties of lycopene. Although research is insufficient at this time, evidence for lycopene’s benefit was strongest for cancers of the lung, stomach, and prostate gland. Curcumin (from Curcuma Longa Rhizomes) Curcumin is the active ingredient found in Curcuma Longa, or Turmeric,a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

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