Prostatitis treatment has many options between conventional pharmaceutical drugs and many natural, complementary and alternative treatments. Your prostatitis treatment program will depend on whether you are diagnosed with bacterial or nonbacterial prostatitis and whether your prostatitis is chronic or acute.
Because chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) can have so many different causes, you will most likely need to try many different prostatitis treatments to find relief. The UPOINT system of diagnosing and treating prostatitis can help your doctor narrow down the types of symptoms to treat, determine the potential causes of your prostatitis. Through the UPOINT (Urinary, Psychosocial, Organ Specific, Infection, Neurologic/Systemic, Tenderness of Skeletal Muscles) system your health care provider can classify your symptoms, and use that information to personalize a treatment program for you that treats your specific problems rather that just throwing the regular course of treatment at you and hoping something works. This will help you avoid being subjected to chemicals and treatments that are not right for your condition. In addition, the NPAT/CPPS system developed by Dr. Geo Espinosa, a naturopathic urologist, takes a whole body approach to treating chronic prostatitis incorporating natural and alternative treatments in applying a multimodal approach to treating CPPS.
NPAT stands for:
- Natural treatments (ALCAT, elimination diets, and wheat-free diets)
- Phytotherapy (pollen and quercetin together with probiotics)
- Alternative treatments (acupuncture, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation and therapy)
- Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle)
Both UPOINT and NPAT/CPPS utilize Phytotherapy for chronic prostatitis/CPPS which has been shown to have long-term favorable outcomes for CPPS patients.
Unfortunately, many doctors immediately prescribe antibiotics for prostatitis whether you have a bacterial or nonbacterial cause. The problem with this is that if you do not have an infection—and about 95% of prostatitis cases are nonbacterial—antibiotics won’t work. Some of the antibiotics such as Cipro have some nasty side effects and can cause serious long-term debilitating health problems. Overuse of antibiotics can also lead to antibiotic resistance. This can mean problems for you down the road if you do get an infection that requires antibiotics because the antibiotics won’t work as well as you need them to. Studies show that the majority of men who get infections after having a prostate biopsy had previously taken antibiotics, so the Cipro given to prevent infection did not work as well as it did for men who hadn’t previously taken it.
If you are suffering from bacterial prostatitis, obviously you will need to take antibiotics initially. But in the case of chronic bacterial prostatitis, studies have shown that taking supplements in addition to antibiotics is better for symptom relief and for keeping the symptoms from recurring in the months following treatment. For all kinds of prostatitis a multimodal treatment program is going to be the best bet, especially since there are many chronic prostatitis causes.
There are many natural prostatitis treatments to help boost your immunity and help relieve your prostatitis symptoms. Dr. Geo’s NPAT/CPPS Program is a whole body approach to healing by looking at diet, possible allergens, foods to avoid and other aspects that will help you with prostatitis and overall wellness for the long-term. Look into supplements such as Quercetin, Turmeric and Pollen Extract and minerals such as zinc. There are many prostatitis supplements that work well with each other and other treatments to support prostate health, reduce inflammation, and help support your urinary health as well.
Alternative prostatitis treatments include a diverse variety of therapies that can help you regain wellness, relieve pain, relieve stress, and rehabilitate your pelvic floor. You have many choices depending on your symptoms and the cause of your problems. Taking probiotics for prostatitis can help restore your digestive health, which is particularly important after being on a course of antibiotics. There are also stress management techniques and exercises for relieving tension in the pelvic floor as well as prostate massage, acupuncture, biofeedback therapy, and many more.
A holistic approach is easier on your body. The good thing about alternative and natural prostatitis treatments is that they offer therapeutic relief without the negative side effects that you may get from taking muscle relaxers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and antidepressants, which are often prescribed for CPPS. Drugs that help with urinary flow such as alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (Flomax, Avodart, Proscar etc) also come with serious negative sexual and other side effects, so looking toward natural products that can act in similar ways will also help preserve your quality of life and keep from creating new problems for you.
Treating your prostatitis holistically includes eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, and adopting other healthy habits such as avoiding certain foods, additives, and chemicals. A holistic route will boost your immune system and hopefully treat not just your symptoms but also the source of your prostatitis so you can keep it from coming back.
See also: What is the Prostate?