Herbal medications in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Urol Clin North Am. 2002 Feb;29(1):23-9, vii. doi: 10.1016/s0094-0143(02)00015-0.


Herbal medications are used widely in the treatment of BPH. Recent studies suggest a benefit for some of these products with few side effects. The results of these studies are summarized and the possible mechanism of action of these medications are reviewed.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Hypoxis*
  • Male
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / drug therapy*
  • Secale
  • Serenoa
  • Sitosterols / therapeutic use*
  • Urtica dioica


  • Plant Extracts
  • Sitosterols
  • gamma-sitosterol
  • saw palmetto extract