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Anytime the suffix 'itis' added to a medical term, it means there's some type of inflammation going on. Prostatitis means the prostate gland is inflamed, but it doesn't specify the cause of inflammation. There are two major categories of prostatitis: infectious, and non-infectious. Infectious prostatitis is caused by a virus, bacteria, or other organism. The choice of therapy depends on what type of organism is causing the problem. Non-infectious prostatitis means the prostate gland is inflamed, but there's no organism responsible for it. Non-infectious prostatitis is a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that all possible infectious causes have been ruled out. The cause of non-infectious prostatitis is not known, but could be due to a type of autoimmune condition. A variety of immune cells can enter the prostate gland and irritate it. The therapy for this type of prostatitis is difficult and doctors don't have any good drug options at this time.

The symptoms of non-infectious prostatitis include irritation on voiding, and discomfort in the anal or bladder region. These symptoms continue for a long time and can interfere with quality of life.

Studies with SP and Pygeum in the therapy of noninfectious prostatitis are limited, but have shown potential in reducing inflammatory responses.

Another herb to consider is rye pollen extract. In 1991, Japanese researchers discovered that Cernilton (a rye pollen extract used in Europe) was an effective medicine in the therapy of prostatitis (Suzuki). No side effects were noted by the patients. Two years later, a group from Germany gave Cernilton, in a dose of 1 tablet three times a day for 6 months for the treatment of chronic prostatitis to 90 patients. At the conclusion of the study, 78 percent showed improvement, while 36 percent were cured of their symptoms.

If your doctor determines that you have noninfectious prostatitis, and does not offer any adequate therapeutic options, it would certainly be worthwhile to give herbs a trial.


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