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Answer to your Health Question

Question:

Trying to urinate but unable to do

I am 78 years old.

George

Answer:

Dear George,

Urinary retention, also known as ischuria, is a lack of ability to urinate. It is a common complication of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the increase in size of the prostate in elderly men.

Patients should decrease fluid intake before bedtime, moderate the consumption of alcohol and caffeine-containing products, and follow timed voiding schedules.

People often seek herbal remedies for BPH.

Saw palmetto extract from Serenoa repens is one of the most extensively studied.

Other herbal medicines that have research support in systematic reviews include beta-Sitosterol and pygeum while there is less substantial support for the efficacy of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) and stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) root.



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