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Saw palmetto extract is not effective for benign prostatic hyperplasia

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:323
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Saw palmetto, a herbal extract taken by more than two million US men for relief from the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, showed no benefit over placebo, a study has found. The year long, double blind, randomised trial was reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006;354:557-66). The herbal extract, taken from the berries of a small, palm-like north American plant, is commonly recommended as an alternative to prescription drugs.

    An accompanying editorial says additional rigorous, placebo controlled studies are needed before conclusions can be made about the long term effectiveness and safety of other saw palmetto preparations and …

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