Q. Dear Terry, “I wake up at least twice every night to urinate. My prostate has increased in size, but it is benign. I would really like to decrease the amount of times I get up at night, so I can sleep better. What natural options are there?” – Gary M., Great Falls, MT
A. Dear Gary, Waking up in the middle of the night to urinate, often referred to as nocturia, can be very distressing and interfere with both sleep quality and quantity. When the prostate enlarges with conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it can put extra pressure on the urethra and cause the bladder to contract – giving the sensation that you need to urinate.
For bladder support, you may want to consider Angelica archangelica. Also called “Angel’s Herb”, this beautiful plant grows all over Iceland. When it comes to bladder support, this is the single, most efficacious botanical I have ever encountered. A special standardization of this herb may help anyone with nocturia, whether from BPH or other causes.
Not only does Angelica help to strengthen the bladder muscles, but it also helps increase bladder capacity. That means fewer trips to the bathroom and less urinary leakage.
I would take this herb twice per day for the first two or three days, and then you can try once per day after that. If you experience more incontinence issues in the evening, you could take it about 30 minutes to an hour before bed.
When choosing a formula, I recommend finding one that features an aqueous (water) extract of Angelica and is clinically studied.
For additional prostate health, you could consider curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil, pomegranate extract with both seed and pulp oil, grape seed extract that is tannin-free, silybin from milk thistle, and vitamin D3. I would take these ingredients once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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