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   Posted 12/14/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
"can anyone tell me if saw palmetteo has helped for bph?

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   Posted 12/14/2006 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I personally think saw palmetto is not that effective. Here are the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine:

''Methods: In this double-blind trial, we randomly assigned 225 men over the age of 49 years who had moderate-to-severe symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia to one year of treatment with saw palmetto extract (160 mg twice a day) or placebo. The primary outcome measures were changes in the scores on the American Urological Association Symptom Index (AUASI) and the maximal urinary flow rate. Secondary outcome measures included changes in prostate size, residual urinary volume after voiding, quality of life, laboratory values, and the rate of reported adverse effects.

Results: There was no significant difference between the saw palmetto and placebo groups in the change in AUASI scores (mean difference, 0.04 point; 95 percent confidence interval, –0.93 to 1.01), maximal urinary flow rate (mean difference, 0.43 ml per minute; 95 percent confidence interval, –0.52 to 1.38), prostate size, residual volume after voiding, quality of life, or serum prostate-specific antigen levels during the one-year study. The incidence of side effects was similar in the two groups.

Conclusions: In this study, saw palmetto did not improve symptoms or objective measures of benign prostatic hyperplasia. ( number, NCT00037154 [] .)

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From the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Department of Medicin

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   Posted 12/15/2006 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, yes and yes.

I was on cardura but due to low BP from the med, I was getting vision back outs. I start taking Saw palmetto since being on Saw palmetto groin pain, night wake ups and day trips to the bathroom has decreased. I’m tacking the Vitamin World’s 1000 mg. concentrate twice a day.

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   Posted 12/15/2006 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm taking flomax and 900 mg of Saw Palmetto.  I definetly notice a reduction in flow pressure when only the flomax is taken.

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   Posted 12/15/2006 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken saw palmetto for several years and found that it helped by urination. Yesterday, my radiation oncologist told me that it lowers PSA and Gleason readings and that is not a good thing. I'll let you know more when I talk to my urologist.


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