Medically reviewed by Dr. Paul Song M.D
Article at a Glance
- Using natural prostatitis treatments is usually part of a whole body wellness plan.
- Natural treatments may also be used in conjunction with conventional medications or alternative treatments.
- Making dietary changes and taking supplements can help reduce symptoms.
Men who are looking to relieve their symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) without the negative side effects of drugs or traditional treatments may consider using natural chronic prostatitis treatments for symptom relief. Natural treatments may also be used in conjunction with conventional medications or alternative treatments.
Natural Chronic Prostatitis Treatments
The main types of natural chronic prostatitis treatments include the following:
An important aspect of using natural chronic prostatitis treatments is looking at whole body health. That includes making dietary changes, sometimes following a wheat-free diet, or learning to avoid foods that worsen symptoms and increase inflammation in the body.
Allergy testing and other food elimination diets may also be used as part of natural treatments. Natural chronic prostatitis treatments include using supplements and phytotherapy (quercetin and pollen extracts in a combination supplement formula) to assist in restoring male pelvic health.
One of the natural treatment programs that incorporate these all these aspects of natural prostatitis treatments is Dr. Geo’s “NPAT” Prostatitis Program. The program was developed and is practiced by Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D. “Dr. Geo” is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is also the former Director of Clinical Trials at Columbia University.
Dr Geo’s full-time naturopathic urology practice at NYU is 100% focused on treating men’s prostate health disorders. These prostate disorders include prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis, and pelvic disorders.
The NPAT program offers more than natural treatments for prostatitis. It also incorporates alternative prostatitis treatments as well as guidelines for making lifestyle changes and relieving stress in a whole-body wellness plan.
The letters in NPAT stand for:
- Naturopathic (including wheat-free diet, elimination diets, and ALCAT),
- Phytotherapy (using quercetin and pollen extracts in specific formulations along with probiotic restoration),
- 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).
The NPAT prostatatitis program is a holistic treatment program that recognizes that a man’s pelvic pain can develop from factors lying outside of the prostate. The program looks at a man’s diet, lifestyle, and even stress levels because all these factors may contribute to a state of chronic tension, manifesting as pelvic pain. When following the NPAT treatment program, the doctor and patient analyze symptoms to create an individualized treatment program employing several natural and alternative therapies. This kind of multimodal approach to CPPS has been found to be the most effective way to treat chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain.
There are several supplements that promote prostate health. Taking supplements for prostatitis can provide the patient with relief without taking on the many short-term or long-term side effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs. Some of the more common supplements that have been well researched found useful for CP/CPPS include the following:
- Graminex Pollen
- Turmeric (curcumin)
- Green Tea
- Stinging Nettle
- Pygeum Africanum
- Vitamin D
- Saw Palmetto
Supplements are beneficial for prostatitis patients by providing powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory effects, or even anti-allergy effects. Men with urinary symptoms such as urinary urge may find relief with certain supplements. There are other supplements that support proper prostate size and promote prostate health and gut health.
Probiotics are supplements that can help restore intestinal health. They are especially helpful for men who have taken antibiotics, as so many men with prostatitis have. Antibiotics kill both the harmful and beneficial bacteria in the body, so taking quality probiotics can help restore that healthy balance and promote immunity by restoring beneficial bacteria.
Natural prostatitis treatments target diet and nutrition because many kinds of foods or food intolerances can lead to chronic inflammation. This chronic inflammation can affect pelvic muscles, causing tension, and ongoing tension leads to pain. Learning to avoid the worst kinds of foods that lead to inflammation in the body is one way of stopping tension at its source.
One of the important ways of supporting both whole-body and prostate health is by eating a nutritional diet that is rich in whole, natural foods. A healthful diet for men includes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, plant sources of protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
A prostate-friendly diet does not include a lot of caffeine, alcohol, and sometimes even spicy or acidic foods (especially if they are causing flare-ups). This whole-body, natural approach supports men’s health and helps to relieve symptoms.