Pollen for prostatitis treatment

Prostatitis is a frustrating condition that can be characterized by prostate and sexual pain, urinary issues and other male health problems. For about 95 percent of prostatitis sufferers, these are chronic problems that can last for months with traditional therapies like antibiotics and other medications providing little relief. What experts have found is that a more natural approach is what works best, and one of the natural therapies that has gained attention of the medical community is Cernilton.

Cernilton is a brand of pollen extracts. You may also see it called Graminex pollen extract. Cernilton contains pollen from corn, rye and timothy pollen. It may sound crazy that pollen can help relieve prostatitis pain and urinary problems when pharmaceuticals do not often work, but there are many studies showing pollen’s effectiveness, and it has gained the respect of the medical community. In 2006, The American Urological Association reported that chronic prostatitis patients who took Cernilton experienced significant improvements in their quality of life.

In a study on men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), researchers had men take pollen extracts for six months. After taking it for six months, the men either were symptom-free or had their symptoms improve significantly.

Pollen is not a new remedy. It has been used to manage prostatitis and urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate for more than 35 years in Europe. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to help the bladder contract while simultaneously helping the urethra to relax.


Cernilton is part of a natural therapy called phytotherapy. Phytotherapy involves combining pollen extracts with another supplement, quercetin. Two different treatment protocols recommend phytotherapy with cerntilton and quercetin: the UPOINT Urological Treatment Program for Chronic Prostatitis and my “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis.

The UPOINT system is a clinical phenotyping system that helps doctors determine specific therapies that target the prostatitis symptoms a man is experiencing. As many causes of prostatitis are actually unrelated to the prostate itself, this can help narrow down the actual problems to treat and avoid prescribing unnecessary treatments that are not going to help with the actual symptoms the patient is experiencing. UPOINT classifies patient symptoms into up to six different domains:

  1. Urinary.
  2. Psychosocial.
  3. Organ Specific (prostate or bladder involvement).
  4. Infection.
  5. Neurologic/Systemic.
  6. Tenderness of Skeletal Muscles.

Cernilton and quercetin are recommended for men who have Organ Specific prostatitis symptoms. Quercetin, the other part of phytotherapy, is also recommended for men with tenderness of skeletal muscles.

The other prostatitis treatment protocol, my “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis involves employing several natural and alternative therapies. NPAT stands for:

  • Natural treatments (such as diet and allegies).
  • Phytotherapy (pollen and quercetin together with probiotics).
  • Alternative treatments (involving acupuncture, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation and therapy).
  • Total body (including exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle).

The NPAT program recognizes that a multimodal treatment program works best for men with prostatitis. In addition to taking Cerntilton pollen extract, you should also consider other aspects of your lifestyle and health that can contribute to prostatitis such as diet, allergies, your stress level, and amount of exercise you get.

Taking Cernilton for Prostatitits

The standard dose of Cernilton is about 500 mg per day. Talk to your healthcare provider to find the right dosage for your needs.

The advantages of using phytotherapy with Cerilton is that it is natural, affordable, and well tolerated by most men. Men with pollen allergies should not take Cernilton, though, because it can cause a severe allergic reaction. If you are allergic to flowers, grasses, or other plants, talk to your doctor before starting any therapy that involves pollen.


Elist J. Effects of pollen extract preparation Prostat/Poltit on lower urinary tract symptoms in patients with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Urology 2006 Jan; 67(1): 60-63


Dr. Geo Espinosa

By Dr. Geo Espinosa

Dr. Geo Espinosa is a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and certified functional medicine practitioner recognized as an authority in holistic urology and men’s health. He is Clinical Assistant Professor and holistic clinician in Urology at New York University Langone Medical Center. As an avid researcher and writer, Dr. Geo has authored numerous scientific papers and books including co-editing the Integrative Sexual Health book, and author of the best selling prostate cancer book: Thrive, Don't Only Survive.