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(2010-08-02) If men frequently “have to”, the bladder initially suspected of this is usually innocent: Behind the urge to urinate there is usually a benign enlargement of the prostate prostate. Herbal medicines are traditionally used in Germany to combat annoying symptoms.
Since 2004, these drugs have not been reimbursed by the statutory health insurance companies, so those affected must pay for the therapy themselves. Is it now due to the thorough advice in the pharmacy, the recommendations of the treating doctors or the increasing awareness of the patients: The purchase decision of the affected patients amazingly often no longer depends solely on the price of the herbal preparation, but increasingly on its scientifically proven Quality. This is shown by an analysis of buying behavior over the past five years (IMS Health, Pharmascope).
In the current red list there are over 30 herbal supplements that are required for pharmacies to treat “benign prostate syndrome” (BPS). According to the guidelines of the German Society for Urology (DGU), extracts from sawtooth palm fruits (Serenoa repens, Sabal serrulata) and nettle roots (Urtica dioica) or their combination are well documented and therefore recommended.
As is to be expected, after the anti-patient regulation came into force in 2004, the sales of herbal medicines decreased overall. Initially, the well-documented prostate preparations were also affected. But that has changed in the past two years: while the overall market for these drugs is stagnating, patients are increasingly opting for the best-studied combination drug.
"The current data is good evidence of the fact that consumers are now more and more willing to reward proven competence," commented the board of the Research Committee for Natural Medicine (KFN) on the results of the current market analysis. (Pm, KFN 13/2010)