Saw Palmetto

klier at cobra.uni.edu klier at cobra.uni.edu
Thu Jun 15 15:38:54 EST 1995


In article <NEWTNews.11829.803200165.BCFBK at ibm.net>, Robert at .ibm.net writes:
> 
> Has anyone heard of the possible effects (positive or negative) of sawSaw 
> Palmetto on the Prostate?

A preparation containing the lipophilic components of _Serenoa repens_
fruits is available in Germany for treatment of conditions associated
with benign prostatic hyperplasia.  It has not been shown to be effective,
and is not available for that purpose in the US.  
The compound that is presumed to be beneficial is an anti-androgen.

An excellent reference for questions like this is Varro E. Tyler's _The
Honest Herbal_, 3rd ed, 1993, Pharmaceutical Products Press.  Dr. Tyler
is a pharmacognocist at Purdue; his book is readable, excellent, and
has appropriate references to the scientific literature.

Kay Klier  klier at cobra.uni.edu



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