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Does "saw palmetto", herb helps in reducing hair fall and regrowth on the damaged scalp.

Does "saw palmetto", herb helps in reducing hair fall and regrowth on the damaged scalp.

Saw Palmetto: Saw palmetto (serenoa repens) is often taken for male urinary symptoms. Due to the assumed mechanism, some think it can also grow hair. But according to the best studies it doesn't actually help in either department. It seems this herb is not very useful except for the ever-present placebo effect. See the cochrane review for more information:
http://goo. Gl/ne4yst. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Is saw palmetto any good for hair loss? Thanks

Is saw palmetto any good for hair loss? Thanks

No.: Saw palmetto is billed as an alternative to Finasteride for hair loss, but there is no credible evidence to support this, and no logical reason why it would work. The rationale is that both are also used for prostate enlargement, but there is no evidence that saw palmetto works on prostates either! Only Finasteride and Minoxidil have been legitimately shown to prevent hair loss; stick with them. ...Read more

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If I have been experiencing hair loss. Is saw palmetto safe for me?

If I have been experiencing hair loss. Is saw palmetto safe for me?

Probably: It's possibly unsafe to use if you have a bleeding disorder, as the bleeding might get worse. As far as hair loss is concerned, used topically, the evidence that it helps is sketchy. Nevertheless, people use it. If you use it and it works, please write in again. ...Read more

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I have been reading that vitex & or saw palmetto can help aid female fertility naturally. Is this so on either or both of these herbs & are they safe?

I have been reading that vitex & or saw palmetto can help aid female fertility naturally. Is this so on either or both of these herbs & are they safe?

Yes, esp. Vitex: Every person is an individual and nothing works for everyone, but vitex is safe and often very helpful- see http://natural-fertility-info. Com/vitex
saw palmetto has more specialized use, esp. For those with pcos, so don't recommend for everyone- see http://natural-fertility-info. Com/saw-palmetto-fertility. Html
many on levothyroxine benefit from liothyronine- this can help fertility- see comment:. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old girl. Is it safe if I start taking herb pills like saw palmetto, wild yam and fenugreek?

I am 23 years old girl. Is it safe if I start taking herb pills like saw palmetto, wild yam and fenugreek?

See answer: Taking herbal remedies is tempting. Testimonials abound from people who have solved their medical problems with "safe, natural" and over-the-counter pills. But informed consumers need to know that there are very few valid medical studies on herbal remedies, their safety, quality, or effectiveness. There is no substitute for a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and proper rest. ...Read more

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Is use of mastogenic herbs breast enlargement in men such as saw palmetto effective?

Is use of mastogenic herbs breast enlargement in men such as saw palmetto effective?

Herbal breast aug?: Any herbal supplements possesing estrogen like properties have the potential to promote breast growth. For example marijuana is known to stimulate the growth of breasts in men. Similarly, claims about fennel, fenugreek, red clover, saw palmetto & wild yam may also simulate estrogen like side effects. In addition to those mentioned. The potential for stimulating breast cancer growth is not clear. ...Read more

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My dr. Suggested saw palmetto vitamins for my hair loss and a testosterone suppressant. I'm a woman. Will it do something to me? I don't want to be manly

My dr. Suggested saw palmetto vitamins for my hair loss and a testosterone suppressant. I'm a woman. Will it do something to me? I don't want to be manly

See a REAL doctor: Hi. Hirsutism in women is usually of ovarian or adrenal etiology. If you have male pattern hair loss, hirsutism, and irregular periods, please see a REAL doctor who can help, without some hocus pocus BS herbal treatment. Get tested and, if indicated, get treatment shown to be effective and safe. Or else support your local snake oil salesman...your choice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Name given to blood test for possible Pancreas Damage? Been using Saw Palmetto for Hair loss have read on Medicine Plus Website possible Pancreas S/E

Name given to blood test for possible Pancreas Damage? Been using Saw Palmetto for Hair loss have read on Medicine Plus Website possible Pancreas S/E

Not your job: It is not your job to order blood tests. If you have a concern then you address it with your family doctor. They will know exactly what tests should be ordered and how to interpret them. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, I will use herbs to increase breast size like fenugreek, saw palmetto. The dosage of each herb is 2 caps daily, but can I use 3 caps?

Hi doctors, I will use herbs to increase breast size like fenugreek, saw palmetto. The dosage of each herb is 2 caps daily, but can I use 3 caps?

Do you really want: Drippy nipples? Fennel, anise & fenugreek can cause galactorrhea (milk from nipples) but usually no big change in breast size. ...Read more

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How safe are DHT blocking products like propecia/finasteride/saw palmetto? Side efx like gynecomastia and libido loss... Are those common at all? Help.

How safe are DHT blocking products like propecia/finasteride/saw palmetto? Side efx like gynecomastia and libido loss... Are those common at all? Help.

Saw palmetto: Is an unregulated supplement that has bio-identical properties, but is not standardized. If you are concerned about male pattern baldness, try using minoxidil and finasteride. Side effects are uncommon but possible. Try them and monitor for side effects. You can stop if dissatisfied with results. Claims that effects are long lasting seem dubious. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, now I'm using pills (just 1 kind) to cure the irregular periods. Maybe I'll have to use them for a few years to have regular periods again. Can I use some herbs like fenugreek 610mg, red clover 400mg, saw palmetto 540mg during I cure the irr

Hi doctors, now I'm using pills (just 1 kind) to cure the irregular periods. Maybe I'll have to use them for a few years to have regular periods again. Can I use some herbs like fenugreek 610mg, red clover 400mg, saw palmetto 540mg during I cure the irr

Be careful!: Make sure you discuss this with your PCP before starting it, or go to your pharmacist and check for herb/meds interaction. Red clover is very close to coumadin (warfarin) or a blood thinner, and saw palmetto is for male health, not female health. I can't comment on fenugreek. So sometimes less is more, and having too many things on board may be just too much, and not helping! Work with your doctor first! ...Read more

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Would you recommend a topical hair tonic that contains: Aminexil (kopexil)/ Anageline/ Saw palmetto/ Caffeine to slow down genetic hair loss?

Weird concoction: Aminexil is standard but the last three don't make sense. Like most men blessed with a lot of body hair, your scalp hair loss is genetically programmed and you have a variety of options. Your physician can guide you -- or you can do like many super-tough men, shave your head and focus on physical fitness. It's a choice for you and anybody special in your life to make togetehr. ...Read more

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I have been taking Proscar (finasteride) 1mg for almost the last 8 years for hair loss. Due to the side effects will it be better to switch to Saw palmetto? Thanks

I have been taking Proscar (finasteride) 1mg for almost the last 8 years for hair loss. Due to the side effects will it be better to switch to Saw palmetto? Thanks

What side effect (s)?: Not certain which specific side effect (s) you're referring to. Also, finasteride is 1000 x's more potent than beta-sitosterol, which is 100-1000 x's more potent than saw palmetto: it is unlikely that switching will offer you any efficacy/benefit. ...Read more

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I developed mild gynecomastia from taking Saw Palmetto during a period of 4 days to treat my hair loss. Can gynecomastia reverse on its own?

I developed mild gynecomastia from taking Saw Palmetto during a period of 4 days to treat my hair loss. Can gynecomastia reverse on its own?

It'll go away: It'll probably reverse or you can see about outpatient surgery. Saw palmetto isn't going to help your hair loss nearly as much as real medical or surgical treatment. Or you can decide to embrace your masculinity and your genetics and work on fitness instead. 95% of a man's looks is his athleticism, regardless of where he has hair, and you'll feel and be healthier. Photo Guy isn't complaining. ...Read more

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Having a loss of sensation in penis after taking saw palmetto for hairless. Is it a nerve damage? Do I need to consult a urologist or neurologist?

Having a loss of sensation in penis after taking saw palmetto for hairless. Is it a nerve damage? Do I need to consult a urologist or neurologist?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that any loss of sensation in the penis is related to taking Saw Palmetto. You might want to discuss it with your primary care doctor if symptoms persist ...Read more

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The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.

The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.

Saw palmetto: There is no evidence that it will help your hair, but evidence that it may interfere with your birth control. Are you on Metformin for the real problem with PCOS and testosterone? That being insulin resistance. If not suggest it to your physician or see an endocrinologist. Your best bet would be to see a dermatologist for help with your hair loss. ...Read more

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Can saw palmetto affect sexual function?

Can saw palmetto affect sexual function?

Doubtful: Saw palmetto has never been shown to have any beneficial medicinal effects in regard to prostate or sexual function when compared to placebo. Having said that, it likely does no harm and. Many people do take it based on anecdotal or testimonial evidence. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more