Saw palmetto and finasteride in the treatment of category-III prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Curr Urol Rep. 2005 Jul;6(4):290-5. doi: 10.1007/s11934-005-0026-1.


Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is a common entity for which a standardized management has not been established. Patients often have a significant symptom complex and impact on quality of life, but very little is known about the efficacy of second- and third-line treatments, such as the use of herbal supplements. Many treatments studied in recent literature include antibiotics, alpha-blockade, anti-inflammatory agents, and cognitive behavioral interventions such as biofeedback and psychotherapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • 5-alpha Reductase Inhibitors*
  • Androgen Antagonists / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Finasteride / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pelvic Pain / drug therapy*
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / drug therapy
  • Prostatitis / drug therapy*
  • Serenoa
  • Syndrome
  • Treatment Outcome


  • 5-alpha Reductase Inhibitors
  • Androgen Antagonists
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Plant Extracts
  • Finasteride
  • saw palmetto extract