Alternative therapies that show some promise for reducing symptoms of prostatitis include the following:
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- Biofeedback. This is a method for teaching you to use your thoughts to control your body. A biofeedback specialist uses signals from monitoring equipment to teach you to control certain body functions and responses, including relaxing your muscles. Some small studies have suggested the benefit of this process to manage pain associated with prostatitis.
- Acupuncture. This type of treatment involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin to various depths at certain points on your body. A few small studies have shown that acupuncture may help with prostatitis symptoms.
- Herbal remedies and supplements. There's no evidence that herbs and supplements improve prostatitis, although many men take them. Some herbal treatments for prostatitis include rye grass (cernilton), quercetin (a chemical found in green tea, onions and other plants) and extract of the saw palmetto plant. Prostate supplements combine minerals and vitamins, particularly zinc, selenium, and vitamins E and D. Depending on the formulation, some supplements may be harmful, so talk to your doctor before using them.
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