Some natural remedies that sometimes help alleviate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate include saw palmetto fruit, nettle root and pumpkin seeds, according to WebMD. Other natural remedies include rye grass pollen extract, pygeum and beta-sitosterol extracts, Mayo Clinic explains.
Saw palmetto has been used for centuries to treat urinary symptoms, including those resulting from benign prostatic hyperplasia, says Healthline. It is effective initially in about 1 out of 3 patients, states WebMD.
Some studies show that rye grass pollen extract helps with symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles of the tube through which urine passes while also contracting the bladder, says WebMD. This reduces dribbling after urinating and reduces the need to get up and urinate at night. Additionally, one study showed that rye grass pollen helps shrink the prostate size.
Some rye grass pollen extracts, such as African wild potato, are high in beta-sitosterols, which are effective in treating urinary symptoms in some men, according to WebMD. Doctors also recommend beta-sitosterols for lowering cholesterol.
Eating a healthy diet that includes vegetables high in vitamin C and zinc is sometimes effective for treating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, according to Healthline. Additionally, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol helps some men manage their symptoms.