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Saw Palmetto Extract Vs Whole Herb
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
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
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
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
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, 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
Results of estrogen incudcing herbs in pubescent teen (g) if a teenage girl (12-17) in puberty takes herbs (fenu greek, soy, saw palmetto, ect) to increase breast size, are the chances of ovarian/breast cancer high for her? If she stops taking the herbs,
Is it ok to take Cialis w/ a multivitamin that contains equivalent of 150mg of saw palmetto & 2:1 extract, organic spirullna?
I had my prostate removed cause of cancer. Would countinueing taking saw palmetto help any with my urinary heath.
No, ...: After radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer, there would be no more prostate tissue to be acted upon. So, saw palmetto would not help improve urination; you may stop its use if still on. More? Ask local doctor or contact www.HealthTap.com/dr-Lin with keycode of RQPWJC to reach me. Best wish ... ...Read more
Will "rainbow light mens one" multivitamin have effect the effectiveness of Cialis if it contains saw palmetto 2:1 extract, organic spirullna?
Can taking finasteride 1mg, along with saw palmetto extract(Serenoa Serrulata) which is an ingredient in my shampoo cause an interaction?
I'd Stick With Suave: I don't think so. Saw Palmetto is pretty mild in those concentrations and the two chemicals work by slightly different mechanisms. Hey! I have an idea...mash up a bunch of finasteride pills, mix with olive oil and shmear it all over your scalp...well...no...too expensive. But seriously, I wouldn't worry except whether saw palmetto at those concentrations in the shampoo do anything at all. ...Read more
I'm currently on a progestin-only birth control pill. Can I take saw palmetto extract supplements without any drug interference?
None known: There aren't any known interactions between those two. But that may just be because no research has been done about this potential interaction. ...Read more
I am using a liquid extract that contains natural saw palmetto, fennel, fenugreek. I'm 18 and I am wondering if these can cause breast cancer?
Herb for prostate: There is some suggestion that taking this herb might improve prostatic obstruction in middle-aged and older men. The research data is very thin and the evidence shows it is unlikely. Also, there is no regulation in this area so you cannot be sure that the contents of the bottle match the hype on the label. ...Read more
Not much: For a long time it was believed that saw palmetto helped ease the urinary symptoms due to an enlarged prostate (bph). But the most recent data, which includes pooled data from many trials (cochrane review) shows that saw palmetto just doesn't do much good. If a man has obstructive urinary symptoms, he is probably better off taking tamsulosin (flomax) or rapaflo (silodosin). ...Read more
Okay: This won't hurt. In many observational studies, this was thought to help with urine blockage. However, in a very large randomized trial funded by the nih it was shown to be no better than placebo. Consider an alpha-blocker such as doxazosin or tamsulosin instead. These are prescriptions with minimal side effects. ...Read more
Here is ...: Saw palmetto has been used, studied, and touted for its minor anti-testosterone effect with indirect exaggeration of estrogen effect, and anti-inflammatory effect so to "shrink" prostate, treat acne, baldness... Some users swear by but who knows if those claimers are real users. Clinical experience in investigating these claimed effects is still scanty and inconclusive. So, you decide if money ... ...Read more
Unclear ...: "Too" many brands of saw palmetto herbal preparations around tout their wonderful health effect to the prostate, but its "real" touted benefits have failed to stand the test of scientific randomized, double-blinded clinical study. As to its "best" strength, it remains unknown/unclear. So, in use, if you will, use it in moderation and see. ...Read more
Yes but why?: What symptoms are you having that make you think you need to take saw palmetto? Saw palmetto has traditionally been used for enlarged prostate in older men. Studies have shown it to be ineffective at treating urinary problems in this group. Saw palmetto is safe for you to take but I would not waste my money on it. I would advise seeing your md. ...Read more
I would not count: On this giving you a bigger butt. ...Read more
Mild: Can upset your stomach; it's contraindicated in pregnancy. Forgive me, my question is why a 21-year-old man is taking this stuff, which is at best a weak anti-androgen for old guys with bad prostates. If somebody's told you it's "good for your general well-being" -- bc, there is no such pill, in any system of medicine! Ask your personal physician whether it's wise to continue. ...Read more
Usually Male: It is usually used as a herbal remedy to treat the prostate, a gland in men, with some questionable effectiveness. However, it has been used for everything from asthma to breast enlargement, but it is considered ineffective. (also used for (but ineffective), coughs, colds, baldness, sore throat, chronic bronchitis, chronic pelvic pain, an aphrodisiac, relaxation, migraines, diuretic, infections,. ...Read more
It varies, but: It varies depending upon the preparation, but safety and efficacy have never been established. What kind of prostate problem do you have? Check w/your doctor. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more