Shrinkage of Prostate and Improved Quality of Life: Management of BPH Patients with Croton membranaceus Ethanolic Root Extract
OBJECTIVE To report the effect of Fengweicao Granule (FWCCG), a Chinese herbal preparation made of herba Pteris multifidae, in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). METHODS One hundred and fifty-five patients were assigned to two groups, the 108 patients in the treated group were administered orally with FWCG twice a day, 5 g every time; the 47 patients in the control group were treated with Proscar 5 mg per day for 3 months. The effects were evaluated by the change of the related indexes before and after treatment, including scoring by international prostatic symptom scale (I-PSS), maximum flowing rate of urine (MFR), residue urine volume (RU) in urinary bladder determined by abdominal B-ultrasonography and volume of prostate. RESULTS After being treated for 3 months, the I-PSS, MFR and RU improved remarkably in both groups (P <0.05 or P <0.01), but with no significant change in the volume of prostate, neither with significant difference in comparison between the two groups (P >0.05). CONCLUSION FWCG has a good effect with less adverse reaction in treating BPH.