Alternative therapies in the management of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Amin S. Herati, Robert Miles Moldwin

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Purpose: Standard medical therapy for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) including such agents as nonsteriodal anti-inflammatories, alpha-blockers, antimicrobial therapy, and 5a-reductase inhibitors has not been uniformly effective. The purpose of this review is to focus on the role of alternative therapies available for the management of CP/CPPS. Methods: We performed a systematic review of the literature for articles published in PubMed up to 2012 pertaining to commonly employed alternative therapies. Results: The evidence for alternative therapies such as diet and lifestyle modifications, phytotherapy, acupuncture, myofascial physical therapy, and stress management/cognitive behavioral therapy is reviewed. Conclusion: CP/CPPS often requires a multimodal approach and alternative therapies should be considered as adjuncts in the treatment of refractory CP/CPPS patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-766
Number of pages6
JournalWorld journal of urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Acupuncture
  • Chronic disease
  • Cognitive behavior therapies
  • Complementary therapies/methods
  • Diet
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Phytotherapy
  • Prostatitis/therapy
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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