Antibiotics have long been standard of care for CNBP (Chronic Non-Bacterial Prostatitis)*. Relief is usually prompt, but the symptoms return, calling for another round of drugs. There are also the negative side effects of antibiotics to consider.
Recent studies have been reported in the British Journals of Nutrition that suggest alternative approaches to the condition – specifically ones that do not look first to drugs – work exceptionally well.
CRANBERRY POWDER: One study evaluated cranberry powder, 1,500 mg daily. Over a six month period, the men who used the cranberry had statistically significant improvement in their rate of urine flow and their ability to empty their bladders. They also had lower PSA levels.
QUERCITIN: A smaller double blind study evaluated quercitin, 500mg twice daily. The men in the quercetin group showed significant improvement in their Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index.
PYGEUM: Pygeum Africanum has long been used to support the prostate. Forty seven men took part in a two month study, taking 100 mg of pygeum extract daily. At the end of 60 days, 89% had reported a complete cure of ALL symptoms.
These are impressive results and their achievable without using drugs, radiation, or surgery – just natural supplements, and there were no side effects reported.
None of the studies ran for a very long time and it’s always possible that using one of these approaches could lose its effectiveness over time. Instead of increasing amounts or toughing it out, it might be a good plan to switch to one of the other two for a few months.
If a man doesn’t experience relief from any of these approaches after several months, his doctor will appropriately want to consider prescribing antibiotics.
CRANBERRY POWDER is available in capsule form; each capsule delivering 700 mg of Vaccinium macrocarpon fruit powder. Two to three capsules daily is recommended.
QUERCITIN is available in a product by Ortho Molecular called D-Hist. Dosing is 3 capsules twice daily.
PYGEUM AFRICANUM is in many commercial prostate formulas. Two capsules of Ortho MolecularProstatrol deliver 100 mg of pygeum, along with other prostate support supplements.
*CNBP is characterized by pelvic or perineal pain without evidence of urinary tract infection. Symptoms may come and go. Pain may radiate to the back and rectum, making sitting uncomfortable. Pain can be present in the perineum, testicles, tip of penis, pubic or bladder area. Other symptoms are common; no or low urine flow, joint pain, nerve pain, unexplained fatigue, abdominal pain, constant burning pain in the penis, and urinary frequency may all be present. CNBP is not BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy)