Prostate - This is
the use that we suggest as there are research studies to
support its benefit. Most clinical
studies show significant benefits. As the herb is rated safe it does
not put a person in danger if he decides to use it. It has a class 1
safety rating from the American Herbal Products Association. However, a recently completed well-designed study showed that it was no better than taking a placebo (sugar pill).
with a dosage of around 160 mg daily or twice daily. Take it for 3
months and see if it benefits you in reducing the discomfort and
symptoms of enlarged prostate.
A lot of interest can be found in using this to treat and cure acne
problems in both men and women. It may not work for everyone (and
neither does prescription drugs!) but if it does, it will make a world
of a difference for those suffering for acne problems. The history of
this herb allows us to confidently recommend it for treating acne.
Male Pattern Baldness
- Evidence is building that this herb may be helpful in treating hair
loss in men suffering from male pattern baldness. Initial finding is
may need to use this herb for up to three months before you can see a
benefit. Use the same dose as for treating enlarged prostate.
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlarged prostate)
clinical studies in the past show that saw palmetto is effective at reducing
the symptoms such as frequent and painful urination, urgency and
studies show that this herb is as effective as the prescription drug
Proscar (finasteride) and Flomax (tamsulosin).
well-designed studies showed that this supplement may be no better than
a placebo (sugar pill).
Loss in Males / Baldness / Hair Growth or Regrowth
believes that this supplement may help with hair loss and thinning
hair by blocking the
effects of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), much like what the prescription drug Propecia
double-blinded placebo-controlled study done in 2002 showed that it
was helpful in male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia).
all the natural remedies for hair loss that can be used.
Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)
In one study involving 120 patients suffering from mild to moderate enlarged prostate, this herb was able to significantly reduce erection difficulties (as measured by the International Index of Erectile Function).
See Saw Palmetto for ED for a discussion on this benefit.
Aphrodisiac / Sex Drive / Erection Disorder
One study show that men suffering from an enlarged prostate gland benefited in using saw palmetto for improve sexual functions.
This article specifically talks about the research studies on using this herb for low libido.
See Herbs for Sex Drive to get a list of remedies to boost libido.
from population studies did not show that taking this reduces prostate
cancer. There are no clinical studies to support this claim.
since prostate enlargement may be a warning sign of the possibility of
prostate cancer in the future, this herb may be useful in keeping the
inflammation under control.
There is no clinical study to support this claim. Significant
amounts of anecdotal evidence are appearing that seem to show that this
supplement can clear up acne conditions.
Enlargement or Reduction
There are no clinical studies to support this claim. There is no
evidence that taking this supplement affects the breasts.
Millions of men use saw palmetto to treat symptoms
of enlarged prostate
(BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia). It is often suggested as a
suitable alternative to prescription
drugs like Proscar (finasteride) and scientific evidence does support
is Saw Palmetto?
palmetto is a palm type tree that can be found in southeastern USA. The
fruit is used for its medicinal benefits. In Europe, it is used
extensively to treat enlarged prostate. It is also approved by the
German Commission E.
palmetto contains many active ingredients such as fatty acids,
flavonoids and plant sterols. It is believed that the active
are the oils found in the fruit. It is suggested that the
or more) blocks the conversion of the
male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and
reduce prostate enlargement. However, experts are not exactly sure of
the exact action it has on the prostate glands. It also seems to help treat male pattern baldness
as one clinical trials showed.
This supplement also seems to have
anti-inflammatory benefits. However, taking this herb does not seem to
lower serum PSA (prostate-specific antigen), a marker of prostate
women use this herb?
There is very little good scientific information on using this herb in
In theory, it is useable in women (who are not pregnant or nursing).
I've heard that
this herb can cure my acne condition. Is that true?
growing use of this supplement to help clear up acne conditions in
both men and women.
Too much testosterone and DHT (dihydrotestosterone)
can create acne problems. And don't forget that women also make
testosterone (although in a smaller quantity than in men).
studies will need to be done to verify this claim although there are
many anecdotal reports for using it to treat acne conditions.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
/ libido enhancer
- bladder infection (cystitis)
- breast enlargement
- breast reduction
- enhance sexual performance
- enhance sperm production
- enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia
- excessive hair growth (hirsutism)
- hair loss in males (androgenetic alopecia)
- inflammation of the bladder
- migraine headache
- muscle spasm
- ovarian cysts
- performance enhancement
- polycystic ovarian syndrome
- prostate cancer
- vaginal or uterine disorder
Side effects that have been seen in research studies include:
have been some reports by men taking saw palmetto that it can cause
erectile dysfunction, breast tenderness or enlargement and changes in
- nausea and vomiting
- bad breath
- Saw palmetto has been used extensively in human research studies and
there appears to be no safety concerns.
and Lactation - Probably not safe as this herb have
hormone-like effects that could affect pregnancy or the unborn child.
Do not use this if you are pregnant.
Health Condition Interactions
Thinners / Anti-coagulants - caution
believe that saw palmetto might
increase the risk of bleeding, especially when used with blood-thinners
such as Coumadin (warfarin), Plavix (clopidogrel), NSAIDS such as Advil
(ibuprofen), Voltaren (diclofenac), Naprosyn/Aleve (naproxen) or
Aspirin (ASA). Let your doctor know if you are taking this supplement,
especially if you are going for surgery.
Proscar / Propecia / Birth
Control Pills - theoretical
supplement has hormonal
activities, it might interfere with Proscar/Propecia (finasteride),
Euflex/Eulexin (flutamide) or birth control pills. Use these
combinations with caution and let your doctor know if you decide to
take this herb.
Problems - not likely
This herb does
not affect any liver enzymes or liver function in healthy adults.
to Take It
tablets dosage format
usual dosage is 320 mg taken daily or 160 mg taken twice daily. Start
with 160 mg once daily first as it may be as effective. This is
standardized to 80% to 90% of the liposterolic content.
supplement with food will help reduce any stomach upset.
or whole berries
Take 1 to 2
grams daily of the berries.
formulation / Decoction / Extracts
2 teaspoons (10 grams) of dried berries and simmer in 720 mL (24
of water until the volume is reduced in half. Drink 120 mL (4 ounces)
three times daily.
Some experts believe that the active ingredients may not dissolve in
water and so this formulation may not be as effective.
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