LONDON, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
A natural treatment made from Saw Palmetto berries can have a significant effect in reducing sexual dysfunction in men with prostate problems, a new clinical trial has found.
A male libido study carried out by Swiss-based herbal specialists A. Vogel is the first using extracts from Saw Palmetto berries to show improvement not only on the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) but also the erectile and ejaculatory problems it often causes.
The treatment, marketed in the UK by A. Vogel's Bioforce arm under the brand name Prostasan, was given to 82 patients, most of them aged between 50 and 70.
During the eight week-trial in Switzerland they took one 320mg capsule of Saw Palmetto extract daily.
At the end of the trial the 18.8 per cent suffering severe BPH symptoms had dropped to only 4.3 percent, while overall 66 percent reported enhanced erectile function and libido.
Practising urologist, Dr Eugen Riedi, who organised the trial, says results clearly showed Prostasan significantly improved not only BPH but also all areas of sexual dysfunction.
"That is a critical factor when it is considered one of the side-effects of frequently prescribed medication is that it may actually worsen sexual function with consequent loss of libido to a quite marked degree," he adds.
"Though Prostasan equals synthetics for efficacy it has none of their side-effects, and furthermore is readily available over the counter at UK pharmacies and health food stores without the need for a prescription."
Notes to Editors
Eugen Riedi, Andreas Suter, Reinhard Saller, Michael Heinrich; Improving BPH symptoms and sexual dysfunction with saw palmetto preparation, Phytotherapy Research 2012; doi: 10.1002/ptr.4696. Published in http://www.wileyonlinelibrary.com
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
BPH is one of the most common health problems in men over 50 years of age.
Many men with BPH do not realise their urinary symptoms are due to an enlarged prostate.
A.Vogel has a simple online prostate check to help men assess their symptoms - go to http://www.avogel.co.uk/prostate-check
Symptoms of prostate enlargement should always be checked by a doctor to ensure that the problem is Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) and not something more serious.
Prostasan Saw Palmetto capsules
Traditional herbal medicinal product for use in the relief of urinary discomfort in men with a confirmed diagnosis of enlarged prostate (BPH), exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.
A.Vogel Prostasan Saw Palmetto cost £13.40 for 30 capsules and £34.25 for 90 capsules and is available from Boots, all good health food stores and selected pharmacies. Before using Prostasan you must have been told by your doctor that you have an enlarged prostate (BPH). Always read the leaflet.