The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in men that has an important job. It produces a thick, milky-white fluid known as the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. The gland is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It also wraps around the upper part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. Because the prostate gland tends to grow larger with age, it may squeeze the urethra and cause problems in urination such as difficulty in voiding, frequent urination, and urinary leakage. Sometimes men in their late 40’s may begin to have these urinary symptoms and for the others, symptoms aren't noticed until much later in life. As such the prostate gland isn't big, but because of its location, an enlarged prostate can affect urination and sexual function and on the long run may lead to major health concerns.
Although many herbs have been studied on prostate health, Saw palmetto is the one most studied and popular among the herbal supplements used to attenuate symptoms of difficulty in urination associated with an enlarged prostate. Choosing the right supplement, managing stress, quitting smoking, avoiding fluids in the evening to reduce night time urination, emptying the bladder completely when urinating, doing pelvic floor exercises, avoiding medications that can worsen symptoms, trying bladder training exercises, can all help support prostate health.