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Pramod P. Patil1, Prabodh V. Sapkale2

Benign Prostate hyperplasia is a disorder develops with age in men about all men reaching to last decade of their life develops histological BPH, Not all time it will develop symptoms but at many instances it will develop the symptoms associated with LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) and it substantially affects the quality of life in elderly patients the symptoms are quite annoying as it ranges from urinary retention to adversely affecting their sex life. There are some of the therapies are available for treating the condition like removal of prostate surgically and drug therapies but as surgery cannot performed in every patients and there are disadvantages are associated with the use of drug therapies so it becomes necessary to provide the solutions with minimum or no side effects, and so here herbal therapies came in light so in this review we have searched for the possible herbal remedies which could be found useful in treating BPH and its symptoms, as overgrowth of prostate leads to produce the symptoms it is essential to reduce the prostate overgrowth There are some examples of plants used in BPH are Serenoa repens, Pygeum africanum, Curcubita pepo, and Urtica dioica in which S. repens is also showed effectiveness in human studies equal to tamsulosin and in combination to U. dioica shows equal effects to finastride with less side effects. And according to findings after reviewing the literature there are numerous plants having beneficial effects on BPH but the exact mechanism of actions are still not clear but the active ingredients of these plants can be found useful for developing new effective and safer alternatives.

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