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Painless, Non-Drug Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Monday, 23 June 2014 04:55 PM

Italian researchers have identified a promising new option for treating enlarged prostate by using pulsed electromagnetic field therapy — PEMF. Research on dogs found PEMF significantly reduced the size of the prostate starting after just one week of treatment.
 
The findings were published online in the journal The Prostate by researchers from the University of Bari, Italy, Medical Xpress reports.
 
Current treatments for enlarged prostate — known technically as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) — include drugs and surgery. But those therapies can carry increased risks for sexual dysfunction and even impotence.
 
BPH is among the most frequently diagnosed medical disorders in older men, affecting a third of men over 50.
 
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"Benign prostatic hyperplasia is an important and under-recognized health issue for men. There is a great need for development of effective and safe alternatives to current treatment options," noted Abraham Morgentaler, M.D., director of Men's Health Boston and a professor of urology at Harvard Medical School.
 
PEMF is very low frequency pulsed energy waves, and is sometimes used to speed recovery or to reduce post-surgical side effects. The energy comes from a handheld device – a little wider than a TV remote control – and is placed over the affected area. It has been used safely and effectively in humans for other conditions, such as circulatory problems, although exactly how it works is still unknown.
 
"Previous studies have suggested that reduced blood flow to the prostate gland and resulting inflammation contribute to the development of BPH," said lead researcher Raffaella Leoci. "We know that PEMF has positive effects on similar conditions, so we thought it might also heal BPH or maybe even prevent BPH from developing."
 
Just as in men, older male dogs often get BPH. To test PEMF against BPH, the Italian scientists treated 20 affected dogs for 5 minutes, twice a day, for three weeks. Over the course of the study, the dogs experienced an average reduction in BPH by 57 percent, without any negative side effects.
 
Now the researchers hope to test PEMF in men for safety and effectiveness.

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Researchers have identified a promising new option for treating enlarged prostate by using pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. A new study by Italian scientists found PEMF significantly reduced the size of the prostate starting after just one week of treatment.
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