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.
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Smith Institute for Urology, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, Lake Success, New York, NY, USA.
Reference: World J Urol. 2013 Jun 6. Epub ahead of print.