Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 12:12 pm
Saw palmetto is a herbal treatment that is used for symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of the prostate) such as urgent or frequent urination or urinary leaking. It is reported to have hormonal/estrogenic effects, as well as inhibit androgen receptors and is anti-inflammatory.
Saw palmetto may block some of the effects of testosterone and therefore reduce male pattern hair loss. (To read about male pattern hair loss, click here and here.) It has been used as an aphrodisiac, as well as for breast enlargement or reduction. It is used for hormonal imbalances (estrogen or testerone), acne and excess hair growth. It is also used to improve the immune system.
Saw palmetto is not recommended for children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women, or women who are at risk of hormone-related cancers.
Saw palmetto may make oral contraceptives less effective, therefore increasing the risk of unplanned pregnancy.
Saw palmetto may interfere with the absorption of iron.
Saw palmetto may affect blood clotting, so might interfere with blood-thinning drugs you are taking.
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