Saw Palmetto



Drug Description

Saw Palmetto is the drug used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. The extract is derived from the plant called Serenoa repens. It is considered an alternative medicine suitable for the treatment of various diseases. Saw Palmetto is used in preparing of some herbal supplements. It is said that American and European health care workers were using this extract since two hundred years for monitoring the symptoms related to various diseases. According to the study made by one of the practicing doctors who widely used the extract, it has the characteristics of expectorant, tonic and tranquilizer. It affects the digestive system. Saw Palmetto is available in capsule, tablets, teas and extracts.

Indications for use

Saw Palmetto is mostly used to monitor the symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia and for the treatment of prostate infections, pain in the throat, cough, asthma, pelvic pain, chronic bronchitis and migraine. Moreover, it increases the flow of urine, enhances sexual performance and to provides the sense of relaxation.
Despite the fact that it doesn’t diminish the prostate, Saw Palmetto can decrease the inner lining, thus relieving the pressure in urinary tubes. According to some clinical researches, this drug effectively fights the hair loss.


Take Saw Palmetto during the meal to prevent indigestion. Talk to the doctor, experienced in the use of herbal additives before using Saw Palmetto.
Never exceed the dosage of Saw Palmetto. Tell the doctor if you’re going to have a surgery, as in this case the use of the drug should be stopper for a certain period.

Adverse effects

Saw Palmetto doesn’t cause any serious side effects. Some of the minor adverse effects are constipation, diarrhea, vertigo, vomiting, sickness and head pain. According to some health professionals, this drug may cause impotency.
In some cases, this drug can lead to pancreatitis or liver dysfunction. Don’t take Saw Palmetto for more than a month, as its safety for long term use is yet unknown.


Combination of Saw Palmetto with contraceptives can reduce the level of estrogen and make the drug ineffective. Therefore, you shouldn’t take those pills during the treatment with Saw Palmetto. Drugs that can delay the blood clotting interact with this medicine, particularly antiplatelet and anticoagulants.