Herb of the Week: Saw Palmetto

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Registered: 03-11-2004
Herb of the Week: Saw Palmetto
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 5:41pm

This herb has gained popularity in the treatment of BPH(benign prostatic hyperplasia.) Symptoms of a large prostate include a frequent urge to urinate.

* Sabal serrulata,
* Serenoa repens,
* Serenoa serrulata

Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)

In the early part of the twentieth century, saw palmetto berry tea was commonly recommended by herbalists for a variety of urinary tract ailments in men. Some believed the berry increased sperm production and sex drive in men.
How much is usually taken?

For early-stage BPH, 160 mg per day of liposterolic saw palmetto herbal extract in capsules is taken two times per day. One trial suggested that 320 mg once per day may be equally effective.8 It may take four to six weeks to see results with BPH. If improvement is noted, the saw palmetto should be used continuously. It is important to work closely with a urologist to determine clinical improvement. Although it has not been tested for efficacy, saw palmetto is occasionally taken as a tea made with 5-6 grams of the powdered dried fruit. Ground, nonstandardized berry preparations (1-2 grams per day) and liquid extracts of whole herb at 5-6 ml per day are also sometimes used but have not been specifically tested.
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Registered: 08-16-2004
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 10:23pm
Saw Palmetto is also an effective treatment for women with PCOS and high androgen levels. Wild yam and saw palmetto work very well together for PCOS.