By Gregg Shappiro
Chances are you arrived at this website because you were looking for a herbal solution for benign prostate hyperplasia. I am aware of the fact that saw palmetto is fairly well established for this. But I know, and you probably know, that there are definite downsides to saw palmetto. They are the same downsides as when we use finasteride.
Saw palmetto interfers with our hormonal balance. Just like finasteride, saw palmetto in our bodies blocks the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Then, we lack sex drive.
This gives me a choice between a rock and a hard place. I am discomfortable with an enlarge prostate, but I also want to have sex drive, because sex drive gives my life a purpose. I feel young when I have sex drive, and when I don't have any of it, I feel like I'm an old men. Maybe I am, but I don't want to be. So I want sex drive. Because it makes me feel younger.
After a lot of research, I found out about the following elegant solution: I use generous amounts of kaempferia parviflora. I have seen some promising scientific studies that link kaempferia parviflora to reduced prostate size. Apart from that, kaempferia parviflora is also an, albeid mild, phosphodiesterase inhibitor. You know that's the same class of medications like sildenafil and co. This means that with kaempferia parviflora (krachai dam) I have more blood flow to the penis, and thus I experience erectile ease.
If my prostate condition is bad, I still use saw palmetto together with the kaempferia parviflora. But at the same time I ingest my saw palmetto, I also use mucuna pruriens beans. Mucuna pruriens beans stimulates the dopaminergic cells in my brain. And when that happens, I have improved libido, even bypassing the testosterone-dihydrotestosterone axis.
I am not a doc. But I have read a lot about prostate problems and decreased libido. I can access many scientific studies through scholar.coogle.com, and you can repeat my research.
As far as I understand it, testosterone and dopamine are linked to each other. When we have higher testosterone, or dihydrotestosterone, we also get higher dopamine. I am not even sure whether all these testosterone-engancing herbals like butea superba or tongkat ali actually increase sex drive because people get higher dopamine because they have higher testosterone.
If dopamine is the key, and not the testosterone by itself, I am fine. I have less testosterone and dihydrotestosterone in my system, thus tackling the size of my prostate, and I have high libido all the same. My personal experience so far suggests that this is the case.
I would love to have some feedback from other sufferers of BHP.
I now sell exactly the same combination that I am using: Kaempferia parviflora extract plus mucuna pruriens extract, both grown by AAZA Farms in Thailand, and manufactured into extract, and sold, by AAZA Herbs. I bought wholesale, so I got cheap prices from them. I am financially fairly stable, not hard up and under pressure to make a profit from selling herbals. So I sell at prices that basically just cover my expenses, and my own consumption.
What I'm reallyn interested in is to find a solution to this quagmire, my enlarged prostate and my necessity of libido. I won't go under the knife for my enlarged prostate. I am too afraid the surgeon will damage nerves in my genital area, and that would mean that I can't have proper orgasms any longer. Then I also don't know why I should live on.
So, if you try the combinantion I suggest, I'd like to encourage you to send feedback on how you are doing prostate-wise and libido-wise.
Here is the abstract of the scientific study I was referring to.
Suppression of benign prostate hyperplasia by Kaempferia parviflora rhizome
Kazuya Murataet al.
Kaempferia parviflora rhizome is used as a folk medicine in Thailand for the treatment of various symptoms. In the present study, the inhibitory activities of extract from K. parviflora rhizome against 5a-reductase (5aR) were subjected. Furthermore, the effects of the extract from K. parviflorar hizome in benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) were studied using the model mice.
Materials and Methods:
Preparations of extracts from the rhizomes of K. parviflora, Curcuma zedoaria and Zingiber officinale, and methoxyflavones isolated from K. parviflora was used for 5aR inhibition assay. The effects of K. parviflora extract on growth suppression for the prostates and seminal vesicles were performed based on the Hershberger's method. The K. parviflora extract was administered to castrated mice for 14 days.
K. parviflora extract showed more potent inhibitory activity on 5aR than C. zedoaria and Z. officinale extracts. The active principles were identified as 3,5,7,3’,4’-pentamethoxyflavone and 5,7,3’,4’-tetramethoxyflavone by activity guided fractionation. Furthermore, K. parviflora extract suppressed the weights of prostates and seminal vesicles in BPH model rats by daily administration for 14 days.
These results indicate that K. parviflora extract can be a promising agent for the treatment of BPH.
You can find the full text of the study on Medline