What is it about?
To determine the effects of therapy with Urtica dioica for symptomatic relief of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
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Why is it important?
There is a general perception that herbal products are, at worst, harmless placebos, but this is not always true. As early as the 15th century BC, the use of plant extracts for the symptomatic treatment of BPH was described on Egyptian papyrus. Unfortunately, many questions remain unanswered; therefore the scientific case for their use remains unproven. With the recent proliferation of nutrition and vitamin stores, use of these agents has greatly increased.
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This page is a summary of: Urtica dioicafor Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, April 2006, The Haworth Press, DOI: 10.1300/j157v05n04_01.
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