Prostatitis natural treatment herb vitamin supplement without the use of prescription medications
July 1 2018 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D. 

Prostatitis is inflammation or infection of the prostate gland. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including a frequent and urgent need to urinate and pain or burning when urinating — often accompanied by pelvic, groin or low back pain. Hematuria, or blood in urine, may occur.

Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation -- called prostatitis.

Garlic could be of benefit
Chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP), which is characterised by recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) and persistence of pathogenic bacteria and evidence of inflammation in the prostatic secretions, is one of the most common causes of relapsing UTI in men. In this study, we evaluated the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of garlic as well as the synergistic effect of garlic with ciprofloxacin on the treatment of CBP in an animal model. Our results suggest that the combination of garlic and ciprofloxacin may be effective in treating CBP with a higher success rate. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2009. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects of garlic and synergistic effect between garlic and ciprofloxacin in a chronic bacterial prostatitis rat model. Department of Urology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, St Mary's Hospital, 62 Youido-dong, Youngdungpoku, Seoul, South Korea.

Quercetin for prostatitis
Quercetin in men with category III chronic prostatitis: a preliminary prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Urology. 1999. Institute for Male Urology, Encino, California, USA.
Thirty men with category IIIa and IIIb chronic pelvic pain syndrome were randomized in a double-blind fashion to receive either placebo or the bioflavonoid quercetin 500 mg twice daily for 1 month. The NIH chronic prostatitis symptom score was used to grade symptoms and the quality-of-life impact at the start and conclusion of the study. In a follow-up unblind, open-label study, 17 additional men received 1 month of a supplement containing quercetin, as well as bromelain and the enzyme papain (Prosta-O), which enhance bioflavonoid absorption. Patients taking placebo had a mean improvement in NIH symptom score from 20.2 to 18.8 (not significant), while those taking the bioflavonoid had a mean improvement from 21 to 13. Twenty percent of patients taking placebo and 67% of patients taking the bioflavonoid had an improvement of symptoms of at least 25%. In the 17 patients who received Prosta-Q in the open-label study, 82% had at least a 25% improvement in symptom score. Therapy with the bioflavonoid quercetin is well tolerated and provides significant symptomatic improvement in most men with chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

D-mannose supplement testimonial
i am a 43 yo man who lives in Israel. I suffer from chronicle prostatitis. recently I started using a product called D- mannose. Fortunately the product has proven as highly effective. in less than 24 hours all symptoms of inflammation disappeared. I will note that over the years I have tried many products and treatments including antibiotics that did not help me at all. D- mannose seams to be a wonder supplement. Unfortunately one week after initial use I began to suffer from irritating skin. The itching is unbearable and unfortunately I had to just stop the D- mannose treatment to make sure that it is the reason for the irritating skin.

Email response by a reader to the above post
Regarding the above post, trying a different brand of D-mannose, or lessening the dosage, or simply taking it on an intermittent basis schedule, may help lessen or eliminate the side effects. D-mannose is made by different labs from various ingredients, or is simply lab manufactured. One of these alternatives may help this man, so if you have a means to contact him and suggest these different possibilities to him, please do.

Pollen extract
A pollen extract Cernilton in patients with inflammatory chronic prostatitis-chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a multicentre, randomised, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study.
Eur Urol. 2009.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) category III prostatitis / chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is a prevalent condition for which no standardised treatment exists. To assess the safety and efficacy of a standardised pollen extract in men with inflammatory CP/CPPS. We conducted a multicentre, prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study comparing the pollen extract Cernilton to placebo in men with CP/CPPS (NIH IIIA) attending urologic centres. Participants were randomised to receive oral capsules of the pollen extract (two capsules q8h) or placebo for 12 wk. Participants were evaluated using the NIH-CPSI individual domains and total score, the number of leukocytes in post-prostatic massage urine (VB3), the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), and the sexuality domain of a life satisfaction questionnaire at baseline and after 6 and 12 wk. In the intention-to-treat analysis, 139 men were randomly allocated to the pollen extract or placebo. The individual domains pain and quality of life as well as the total NIH-CPSI score) were significantly improved after 12 wk of treatment with pollen extract compared to placebo. Response, defined as a decrease of the NIH-CPSI total score by at least 25% or at least 6 points, was seen in the pollen extract versus placebo group in 70% and 50%, respectively. Adverse events were minor in all patients studied. Compared to placebo, the pollen extract significantly improved total symptoms, pain, and QoL in patients with inflammatory prostatitis / chronic pelvic pain syndrome without severe side-effects.

Combination formula
Int Braz J Urol. 2013. Effects of Serenoa repens, selenium and lycopene (Profluss®) on chronic inflammation associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: results of "FLOG" (Flogosis and Profluss in Prostatic and Genital Disease), a multicentre Italian study. We prospectively enrolled 168 subjects affected by LUTS due to bladder outlet obstruction submitted to 12 cores prostatic biopsy for suspected prostate cancer + 2 cores collected for PCI valuation. First group consisted of 108 subjects, with histological diagnosis of PCI associated with BPH and high grade PIN and/or ASAP, randomly assigned to 1:1 ratio to daily Profluss® (group I) for 6 months or to control group (group Ic). Second group consisted of 60 subjects, with histological diagnosis of BPH, randomly assigned to 1:1 ratio to daily Profluss + a-blockers treatment (group II) for 3 months or to control group (group IIc). After 6 months first group underwent 24 cores prostatic re-biopsy + 2 cores for PCI while after 3 months second group underwent two-cores prostatic for PCI. Specimens were evaluated for changes in inflammation parameters and for density of T-cells (CD3, CD8), B-cells (CD20) and macrophages (CD68). At follow-up there were statistical significant reductions of extension and grading of flogosis, mean values of CD20, CD3, CD68 and mean PSA value in group I compared to Ic, while extension and grading of flogosis in group II were inferior to IIc but not statistical significant. A statistically significant reduction in the density of CD20, CD3, CD68, CD8 was demonstrated in group II in respect to control IIc. Serenoa repens+Selenium+Lycopene may have an anti-inflammatory activity that could be of interest in the treatment of PCI in BPH and/or PIN/ASAP patients.

Medical treatment 
Treatment of patients with chronic prostatitis is challenging. According to most of the existing recommendations, fluoroquinolones are the drugs of choice in treatment of prostatitis. Recently, however, many researchers have noted the increasing role of intracellular pathogens, and high activity of macrolides and tetracyclines against these pathogens. Azithromycin, Zithromax, is a good option.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has categorized prostatitis into four distinct entities.

Category I is acute bacterial prostatitis. It is an acute prostatic infection with a bacteria or germ, often with systemic symptoms of fever, chills and hypotension. The treatment hinges on antimicrobials and drainage of the bladder because the inflamed prostate may block urinary flow.

Category II prostatitis is called chronic bacterial prostatitis. It is characterized by recurrent episodes of documented urinary tract infections with the same uropathogen and causes pelvic pain, urinary symptoms and ejaculatory pain. It is diagnosed by means of localization cultures that are 90% accurate in localizing the source of recurrent infections within the lower urinary tract.

Category III prostatitis is called chronic prostatitis / chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). It is characterized by pelvic pain for more than 3 of the previous 6 months, urinary symptoms and painful ejaculation, without documented urinary tract infections from bacteria. The syndrome can be devastating, affecting 10-15% of the male population, and results in nearly 2 million outpatient visits each year. The cause of CP/CPPS is poorly understood, but may be the result of an infectious or inflammatory initiator that results in neurological injury and eventually results in pelvic floor dysfunction in the form of increased pelvic muscle tone. The diagnosis relies on separating this entity from chronic bacterial prostatitis. If there is no history of documented urinary tract infections with a urinary tract pathogen, then cultures should be taken when patients are symptomatic. The first therapeutic measure is often a 4- to 6-week course of a fluoroquinolone, which provides relief in 50% of men and is more efficacious if prescribed soon after symptoms begin. Second-line pharmacotherapy involves anti-inflammatory agents for pain symptoms and alpha-adrenergic receptor antagonists (alpha-blockers) for urinary symptoms. Potentially more effective is pelvic floor training/biofeedback, but randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm this. Third-line agents include 5alpha-reductase inhibitors, glycosaminoglycans, quercetin, cernilton and saw palmetto.

Category IV is asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis. This entity is often diagnosed incidentally during the evaluation of infertility or prostate cancer. The clinical significance of category IV prostatitis is unknown and it is often left untreated.