Using Pollen for Prostatitis – Updated Studies
Men who want to venture outside of the conventional medicine box may want to consider pollen for prostatitis. Are you ready to hear the buzz about pollen?
If you have the most common form of prostatitis, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), and you are not satisfied with your current treatment program (or you want to try something different), research and experience are on your side. In fact, for about four decades, men in Europe have been using pollen (pollen extracts) to treat symptoms of prostatitis (e.g., dribbling, frequent urination during the night, pain and/or burning during urination, pelvic or genital pain, blood in the urine, painful ejaculation, strong urge to urinate immediately).
What is Pollen?
Pollen, or pollen extract, for medicinal uses is derived from a specific group of flowering plants. These are not varieties you would normally find in your garden, but a select group that has been shown to be helpful in the management of inflammation associated with prostatitis as well as an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH).
The majority of studies of pollen for prostatitis have included a combination gathered and standardized from corn, rye, and timothy. Collectively this pollen extract is referred to as cernilton or Graminex. Remember these terms when you are looking for pollen extract supplements or studies on the topic.
What’s so special about pollen for prostatitis? Pollen extract has the ability to fight inflammation, which in turn helps the bladder to contract and the urethra to relax. The result is better urinary flow and relief from prostatitis symptoms.
Studies of Pollen for Prostatitis
The results of the following studies can give you a better idea of what you might expect if you take pollen for prostatitis.
- A new study (October 2014) evaluated the effect of pollen extract in association with B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and folic acid in a formulation called DEPROX 500) in 87 men with CP/CPPS. The 41 men in the treatment group took 2 DEPROX 500 capsules twice daily for four weeks while the 46 men in the control group took ibuprofen daily for the same period. Three quarters of the men in the pollen and vitamin group reported an improvement in overall symptoms, pain, and quality of life at the end of the study compared with only 41 percent in the control group.
- Seventy men enrolled in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study were given either cernilton or placebo daily for 12 weeks. The men who took the pollen extract reported significant improvements in pain, total symptoms and quality of life when compared with those in the placebo group. No severe side effects were experienced by the men in the pollen group.
- A six-month double-blind study involved 60 men who were given either pollen extract or placebo daily. At the end of the study, the men in the pollen group said they had experienced either a significant improvement or elimination of their prostatitis symptoms.
How To Use Pollen For Prostatitis
If you are ready to consider pollen for prostatitis symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor first about any allergies you may have to grasses, flowers, or other plants. If you get the all-clear, look for standardized pollen extract products derived from corn, rye, and timothy or a prostate health formulation that contains this pollen extract.
Before taking pollen extract, consult your healthcare provider and discuss any allergies you may have to flowers, grass, or other plants. He or she can help you determine if this extract is safe to use and at which dose.