Flomax is a prescription drug that is in the category of alpha blockers. This means that antagonize the alpha adrenergic part of the nervous system. When the alpha blocker works, it works to relax the muscles in the bladder and prostate gland so that men can urinate in sufficient amounts.
When enough urine comes out at one time during urination, the sense of urgency to keep going back to the bathroom to urinate goes away. The medication is prescribed to men, never women and never children.
Another way to treat BPH is with 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. This method interferes with testosterone levels that can cause cells of the prostate to enlarge.
Flomax is also called Tamsulosin. The problem with the prescription medication is that it has side effects like other medications do. Here is a list of some of the long list of side effects from Flomax:
- Congested sinuses
- Runny nose
- Blood pressure falls low
- Susceptibility to respiratory tract infections
- Painful urination
What man wants any of these – especially fainting and drowsiness? And what about the painful urination part? Here you start out with a problem of urinating too much and then you end up with urinating less often but it hurts? Who does that make sense to?
5 Other Alternatives to Flomax
Luckily, there are some natural alternatives that can be used instead.
1) Saw palmetto berry herb
French researchers say this well-known herb is a suitable replacement for Flomax plus it decreases 65% of the biomarkers for chronic prostate inflammation. That’s a good amount since the drug only decreased the biomarkers 46%.
Saw palmetto berry also decreased 80% of the genes most frequently expressed for prostate enlargement while the drug came in with a pale 33% reduction.
Patients who had the MIF protein overexpressed because of the disorder showed a higher response to the International Prostate Symptom Score when they took the hexane extract of the herb as well. The scientists stated that their study showed for the first time that saw palmetto has distinct clinical level anti-inflammatory properties for men with prostate enlargement.
This is one of three herbs/foods shown in studies to be just as effective as Flomax in cases of mild to moderate prostate enlargement.
That’s what Italian scientists report in their medical journals.
3) Pygeum africanum
Pygeum herb is just as effective as Flomax, say the experts of various medical reports. Men using the herb were more than twice as likely to report an improvement in overall symptoms.
Getting up to go to urinate in the middle of the night was reduced by 19%. Residual urine volume was decreased by 24% and peak urine flow was increased by 23%.
4) Curcubita pepo
This food is the third food/herb shown in human studies to be as effective as tamsulosin. In one German study, 12 months of treatment of pumpkin seed led to a clinically reduction in symptoms in men with prostate enlargement compared to placebo.
The researchers made the statement that in order to fully justify a recommendation to use the pumpkin seeds in other men, they needed to see similar findings in a larger group of men.
However, the study size that was analyzed was 1431 men. How many more do you need in order to try something natural without side effects?
5) Poncirus trifoliata fruit
This fruit is used in traditional Oriental medicine for different conditions such as swelling, constipation, allergies, and too much acid after eating. The fruit contains flavonoids and coumarins that have already proven to work against allergies, viruses and tumors.
In prostate enlargement, testosterone is often linked with the development and progression of the disorder. The body makes its own 5-alpha-reductase to block the production of testosterone but drugs other than Flomax used for prostate enlargement try to mimic the same thing.
When Korean researchers tested an alcoholic extract of the fruit against the prescription medication, they found that the fruit extract markedly reduced the testosterone levels compared to the other groups. It prevented the progression of enlarged prostate caused by testosterone.
These are only a fraction of the medical journal articles that report that herbs work well for prostate enlargement. They give us all hope that we can be not only free from symptoms of prostate enlargement but also side effect free from medications prescribed from the condition. Check out our own alternative herbal formula that assists men in supporting their prostate on the site.
I wish you good health,
Dr. Donna Schwontkowski received a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.), from the National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, IL, in Dec. 1990.
In addition to running a medical practice, Dr Donna has had a long and distinguished career as a medical teacher, both running courses at various universities and also as a published author of several books and as a television presenter on health issues.
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Woo-Young Jeon, et al. Inhibitory effects of Ponciri Fructus on testosterone-induced benign prostatic hyperplasia in rats. BMC Complement Altern Med 2017, 17:384.
Wilt, T., et al. Pygeum africanum for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2002;(1):CD001044.
Azimi, H., et al. A review of animal and human studies for management of benign prostatic hyperplasia with natural products: perspective of new pharmacological agents. Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets 2012 Jun;11(3):207-21.
Vahlensieck, W., et al. Effects of pumpkin seed in men with lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia in the one-year randomized, placebo-controlled GRANU study. Urol Int 2015;94(3):286-95.
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