Role of complimentary therapy for male LUTS

Philippa J. Cheetham

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Phytotherapy, the use of plant based extracts (derived from fruits, seeds, roots, or bark) as medicines or health-promoting agents are often used as first-line treatments for bothersome male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Their use, either as monotherapy or in conjunction with conventional pharmaceutical treatments is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. There are now over 30 of these phytotherapeutic compounds available, with saw palmetto and pygeum being the most widely used. This paper discusses the mechanism of action, reported efficacies and potential side effects of a number of the most common phytotherapies being used for male LUTS, as well as summarizes outcome data relevant to these agents from the most current peer-reviewed publications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)606-613
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Urology Reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-proliferative
  • Antioxidants
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)
  • Natural products
  • Phytotherapy
  • Saw palmetto
  • Supplements


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