Natural Treatments for Chronic Prostatitis
Natural treatments for chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain offer patients a natural way to relieve symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Natural treatments for chronic prostatitis involve using specific supplements and phytotherapy, which is the use of quercetin and pollen extracts in a combination supplement formula to assist in the restoration of your health. In addition, patients following a natural treatment program look at their whole body health, including changes in diet, trying a wheat free diet, or learning about foods they should avoid because they could increase inflammation in the body and other symptoms.
One particular natural treatment program that involves all these aspects of natural prostatitis treatments is Dr. Geo’s “NPAT” Prostatitis Program developed and practiced by Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D.
Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D., is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at NYU Langone Medical Center and the former Director of Clinical Trials at Columbia University. Dr. Geo maintains a full time naturopathic urology practice at NYU which is 100% focused on treating men’s prostate health disorders including prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and pelvic disorders.
NPAT stands for:
Naturopathic (including wheat-free diet, elimination diets, and ALCAT),
Phytotherapy (using quercetin and pollen extracts in specific formulations along with probiotic restoration) Note: The UPOINT system for prostatitis treatment also recommends phytotherapy and quercetin for the organ specific and pelvic floor spasms domains,
Alternative (including acupuncture, trigger point release, pelvic massage, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation, and other treatments), and
Total body (including stress management, exercise, counseling, and lifestyle adjustments).
This holistic program recognizes that a patient’s pelvic pain stems from factors that lie outside of the prostate. A man’s diet, lifestyle, and even stress levels may contribute to a state of chronic tension, which manifests as pelvic pain. The NPAT treatment program analyzes each patient’s symptoms to create an individualized treatment program that employs several natural and alternative therapies such as phytotherapy, diet analysis and elimination, probiotics, stress management, acupuncture, pelvic therapy, prostate massage, and trigger point release. A multimodal approach to CPPS such as this has been found to be the most successful way of treating chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain.
Taking supplements for prostatitis provides a drug-free route that does not create the many short-term or long-term side effects that many pharmaceutical drugs cause. Common supplements that have been found useful as natural treatments for chronic prostatitis include the following:
- Graminex Pollen
- Green Tea
- Stinging Nettle
- Pygeum Africanum
- Vitamin D
- Saw Palmetto
Supplements may provide powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory effects, and even anti-allergy effects, depending on the ingredient. Some supplements also help relieve the urinary urge that can accompany chronic prostatitis. Others support proper prostate size and promote prostate health and gut health. Supplements like probiotics can help restore intestinal health, and are particularly helpful if you have taken antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both the harmful and beneficial bacteria in the body, so probiotics can help restore a healthy balance and promote immunity by restoring your beneficial bacteria.
Diet and nutrition come into play in natural treatments for chronic prostatitis because many kinds of foods or food intolerances can lead to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can affect our pelvic muscles, causing tension. This ongoing tension leads to pain. Some foods are worse than others, so avoiding the kinds of foods lead to inflammation in your body is one way of stopping the cause of tension at the source. Eating a nutritional diet rich in whole, natural foods is going to help support your whole body health as well as your prostate health. Men should eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, plant sources of protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. This whole body approach supports men’s health and helps to naturally relieve prostatitis symptoms.