Prostate health needs detoxification on regular basis. For this purpose, men need to take certain herbs which will enhance this process and prevent prostate enlargement. Let us discuss some herbs to shrink prostate fast and also prevent enlargement in the first place.
1. Saw palmetto
Saw palmetto is a popular herb to prevent and even reduce prostate swelling naturally. It is beneficial for the entire male reproductive system. The anti-inflammatory property of saw palmetto soothes and heals tissues and some studies have shown it to be even more effective than prescription drugs like finasteride in treating prostatitis.
Suggested dosage of Saw palmetto to shrink prostate without drugs is about 360 mg of standardized extract twice a day. Note that this herb does not work very fast; you’d need to take it for at least 6 weeks before you see results.
2. Marshmallow root
This is another effective natural remedy for an enlarged prostate. It soothes and cools inflamed tissues and is especially beneficial for kidneys and overall urinary health. Many herbalists recommend this herb for interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections and prostatitis.
Suggested dose of tincture- 3 to 6ml of 1:5 tincture.
Cleavers is an edible herb that promotes lymphatic flow and shrinks tumors due to its powerful cleansing effect. It soothes the urinary tract and relieves burning pain of cystitis, irritable bowel, prostate issues and urethritis etc.
Dosage: Cleavers loses its properties on heating; so take tincture or fresh infusion as recommended by your herbalist.
4. Corn silk
There are many reasons why you should save your corn silk; one of them being its efficacy for healing inflamed tissues anywhere in the body. Corn silk has a long standing history in treating prostate and bladder issues. The delicious tea made using organic corn silk tastes great and also fights infections.
The strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Buchu are beneficial in fighting infections of the urinary tract and bladder. Like all other herbs for prostate mentioned above, Buchu has a long history in treating prostate, urinary and other similar infections. The herb can be a bit irritating to the bladder, so it is often used with other herbs like marshmallow and corn silk mentioned above.
Nettle seeds and leaves make an excellent tea that acts as a tonic for prostate health. The herb is curative as well as preventive. Nettle seeds are also taste on their own and can be eaten on their own or added to salads etc.
Recommended dosage of nettle is 1-3 tsp. You can also take ½ to 1 tsp of the tincture three times a day.
7. Uva Ursi
Uva ursi is one of the best herbs for fighting urinary and prostate infections. It has antiseptic properties that prevent the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. Never use this strong herb standalone as it could irritate the bladder. Instead mix it with corn silk and marshmallow root which have a demulcent action.
Many herbalists have used Burdock to treat swollen prostate effectively in patients who did not get relief from saw palmetto. In fact; burdock has a deeply detoxifying action that throws out toxins from lymphatic system, kidneys and liver. Burdock also strengthens and lifts tissue organs including the uterus.
Dosage: There is no known toxicity of burdock root and fruits. You can prepare a tincture of its roots or fruits in brandy which helps brings out the flavor of this herb.
9. Queen of the Meadow/Eupatorium Serotinum
This herb is used for treating enlarged prostate in men who have severe pain and difficulty in passing urine. It acts as a diuretic and astringent and its antispasmodic properties prevent sudden contraction of the sphincter which causes pain while passing urine.
Dosage: Use its root to make a tea and drink it 2-3 times a day for diabetes as well as prostatitis. It is also available in form of homeopathic remedies for enlarged prostate.
10. Watermelon seeds
Watermelons, particularly their seeds and juice work as a tonic for any prostate imbalance. Fresh watermelon juice is wonderful for the kidneys and flushes out toxins. A simple remedy for treating prostate problems is as follows:
- Handful of pumpkin seeds and watermelon seeds
- Cranberry juice (unsweetened)
Blend all the ingredients until creamy. Drink 3-4 cups of this juice every day.
To conclude this guide on the best herbs for prostate, we will discuss some easy herbal recipes to enhance urinary and reproductive health and reduce prostatitis swelling naturally:
- 3 parts corn silk
- 2 parts nettle root
- 1 part each Cleavers and Uva Ursi
To prepare an infusion- boil a liter of water and add the herbs. Steep it for at least 5-7 minutes. Flavor the tea with lemon or honey. Drink it 3-4 times a day.
- 2 parts marshmallow root
- 1 parts each Echinacea, gravel root, saw palmetto (only for tincture) and Uva ursi.
You can make a tea or tincture with these herbs. Avoid using saw palmetto in the tea but do use it in the tincture. The tea will not taste great but it will definitely work to shrink prostate fast.