A small scrubby palm
found throughout the south eastern United States
symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy
may enhance sexual
Antiandrogenic. Inhibits testosterone-5-alpha reductase (no changes
plasma levels). Alters steroid
1-2 g. or
320 mg daily (Teas are ineffective)
Dried fruit - 1-2 g three/times/day
Tincture - 2-4 ml twice/day
hazards or side effects known.
Rare stomach complaints have been reported except for minimal GI upset and diarrhea
It can affect
mechanism of action is similar to finasteride (Proscar) It may cause an additive effect if a patient is taking
Since both Saw Palmetto and finasterde can harm the
male fetus, men should use a condom during sex since
active ingredients may be able to penetrate into the skin or
Saw Palmetto does not reduce the size of an enlarged
therefore it is critical
advise patients to consult a physician on a regular
It can reduce
PSA levels leading to a false negative
test for prostrate cancer.
Palmetto should be taken with meals to avoid GI upset.