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5 Natural Alternatives To Flomax

Flomax (Tamsulosin)  is a prescription drug that is in the category of alpha-blockers. This means that antagonize the alpha-adrenergic part of the nervous system.

However, while Doctors prescribe Flomax more often than any other drug for the prostate, it can have a number of adverse side effects, including erectile dysfunction, incontinence and even sudden loss of consciousness.

Luckily, there are natural alternatives to Flomax, which we will discuss in this article.

What is Flomax?

Flomax is an apha blocker drug commonly prescribed to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Alpha-blockers work by relaxing the muscles around your urethra and your bladder sphincter.

By holding them in a permanently relaxed state, it eases urination, (so long as the prostate is not too enlarged).

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What are the side effects of Flomax?

Flomax is also called Tamsulosin. The problem with the prescription medication is that it has side effects and like other medications do. Here is a list of some of the long list of side effects from Flomax:


  • Blood pressure falls low



  • Erectile dysfunction



  • Fainting



  • Nausea



  • Headache



  • Congested sinuses



  • Runny or stuffy nose



  • Blurred vision



  • Dizziness



  • Chills



  • Fever



  • Risk of respiratory tract infections
  • Drowsiness

  • Painful urination

Speak to your Doctor/ health care provider about these potential side effects before taking Flomax.  (Tamsulosin hydrochloride).

For more information on the dangers of Flomax, click here.

Best natural alternatives to Flomax

1) Saw Palmetto Berry Herb

French researchers say this well-known herb is a suitable replacement for Flomax plus it decreases 65% of biomarkers for chronic prostate inflammation. That’s a good amount since the drug only decreased the biomarkers 46%.

Saw palmetto berry also decreased 80% of the genes most frequently expressed for prostate enlargement while the drug came in with a pale 33% reduction.

Patients who had the MIF protein overexpressed because of the disorder showed a higher response to the International Prostate Symptom Score when they took the hexane extract of the herb as well.

The scientists stated that their study showed for the first time that saw palmetto has distinct clinical level anti-inflammatory properties for men with prostate enlargement.

2) Nettles

This is one of three herbs/foods shown in studies to be just as effective as Flomax in cases of mild to moderate prostate enlargement. That’s what Italian scientists report in their medical journals.

Clinical trials have also found that stinging nettle relieves urinary symptoms of prostate enlargement (BPH).

It helps by improving the flow of urine and decreasing residual urine volume.

3) Pygeum Africanum

Pygeum herb is just as effective as Flomax, say the experts of various medical reports. Men using the herb were more than twice as likely to report an improvement in overall symptoms.

Getting up to go to urinate in the middle of the night was reduced by 19%. Residual urine volume was decreased by 24%, and peak urine flow was increased by 23%.

4) Cucurbita Pepo

This food is the third food/herb shown in human studies to be as effective as Tamsulosin.

In one German study, 12 months of treatment of pumpkin seed led to a clinical reduction in symptoms in men with prostate enlargement compared to placebo.

The researchers made the statement that in order to fully justify a recommendation to use the pumpkin seeds in other men, they needed to see similar findings in a larger group of men.

However, the study size that was analyzed was 1431 men. How many more do you need in order to try something natural without side effects?

5) Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit

This fruit is used in traditional Oriental medicine for different conditions such as swelling, constipation, allergies, and too much acid after eating.

The fruit contains flavonoids and coumarins that have already proven to work against allergies, viruses, and tumors.

In an enlarged prostate, testosterone is often linked with the development and progression of the disorder.

The body makes its own 5-alpha-reductase to block the production of testosterone but drugs other than Flomax used for enlargement of the prostate try to mimic the same thing.

When Korean researchers tested an alcoholic extract of the fruit against the prescription medication, they found that the fruit extract markedly reduced testosterone levels compared to the other groups. It prevented the progression of enlarged prostate caused by testosterone.


These are only a fraction of the medical journal articles that report that herbs work well for prostate enlargement.

They give us all hope that we can be not only free from symptoms of prostate enlargement but also side effect free from medications prescribed from the condition.

Check out our own alternative herbal formula that assists men in supporting their prostate on the site and speak to your urologist about the potential side effects of the drug Flomax.

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  1. Alkanjari, O. and Vitalone, A. What do we know about phytotherapy of benign prostatic hyperplasia? Life Sci 2015 Apr 1; 126:42-56.
  2. Azimi, H., et al. A review of animal and human studies for management of benign prostatic hyperplasia with natural products: perspective of new pharmacological agents. Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets 2012 Jun;11(3):207-21.
  3. Ghorbanibirgani A, Khalili A, Zamani L. The efficacy of stinging nettle (urtica dioica) in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia: a randomized double-blind study in 100 patients. Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2013;15(1):9–10. doi:10.5812/ircmj.2386
  4. Latil, A., et al. Effects of hexanic extract of Serenoa repens (Permixon(r) 160 mg) on inflammation biomarkers in the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia. Prostate 2015 Dec;75(16):1857-67.
  5. Vahlensieck, W., et al. Effects of pumpkin seed in men with lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia in the one-year randomized, placebo-controlled GRANU study. Urol Int 2015;94(3):286-95.
  6. Woo-Young Jeon, et al. Inhibitory effects of Ponciri Fructus on testosterone-induced benign prostatic hyperplasia in rats. BMC Complement Altern Med 2017, 17:384.
  7. Wilt, T., et al. Pygeum africanum for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2002;(1):CD001044.

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  1. Mel

    What about Small Flower Hairy Willow herb? I read that Maria Treben use it as a tea. It is also very easy on the wallet.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Mel, thanks for getting in touch. We are not familiar with the scientific research surrounding this herb but will look into it. Thanks, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  2. Cloud Farrow

    If only my med one pair for an alternative to Flomax. I’ve been on Climax over 20 years and not been able to have sex for over 12 years. Heck of a sacrifice just to be able to pee.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Cloud Farrow, sorry to hear about your experience on Flomax, unfortunately, it can have a number of adverse side effects. We have published an article providing a deeper insight into prostate medication which you can access here- . If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please get in touch with our team with via [email protected] or through our toll-free number UK Tel:+44 (0) 845 423 8877
      USA Tel: 1-888-868-3554. Our team will be happy to answer any questions that you have. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  3. nick

    your total health does not seem to contain nettle pepo pygeum the fruit or saw palmetto why is that

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Nick, thanks for getting in touch. We do include pygeum in Total Health Advanced, while in Total Health we have other ingredients that are more work effectively together, including a concentrated high dose of Beta-Sitosterol, the active ingredient in saw palmetto. If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please get in touch with our team via [email protected] and we will be happy to answer any questions. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  4. John

    I am taking Flomax. Not that I want to, but I am urinating every hour. I started taking cannabis oil for my prostate cancer. I saw a youtube video of a 70 year old man that had 3rd stage prostate cancer. After taking cannabis oil for 3 months, a drop a day, he was free of cancer. I thought if I take it, it might help me with my symptoms. I thought if I killed the cancer, I wouldn’t have any symptoms. After about 6 weeks of taking the oil, I was urinating only 1 to 2 times a night. So I started decreasing my Fomax and Total Health Advanced. Well all my symptoms are back. I am back to taking all 3 of the supplements you provide. Things havent improved, although I’ve only been back to the supplements for a little over a week. I need relief somehow. What do you suggest? My cancer is a non aggressive cancer and the urination frequency is breaking up my sleep badly.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi John, thanks for getting in touch. It may be best to discuss this in further detail with our customer support team. You can get in touch with them via our toll-free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK. The Ben’s Natural Health Team

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Whilst there is a plethora of anecdotal evidence showing the alleged efficacy of such oils, given there has been very little research done on these I cannot recommend you rely on this method of treatment. That being said if you find that it has having the desired effect then by all means please feel free to carry on.

      I think you may have been weaning yourself off of Flomax a bit too quickly, which is why you have seen an increase in your urinary symptoms. Try omitting one dosage per week and gauge to see how your body responds to this. If you see no increase in adverse effects then you can think about omitting another days dosage after a couple of weeks. You can repeat this process until you have completely weaned yourself off. However, if you see effects start to increase as a response to this omission, carry on with the previous dosage.

      For more information on weaning yourself off of Flomax, please give us a call on 1-888-868-3554 to speak with a member of our customer service team who will be able to advise you accordingly.

      Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.