Saw Palmetto for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
This is a small observational study which results have been released this year but it is very exciting and shows once again how plants can help us manage our conditions.
30 patients at risk for progression of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) were given a standardised extract of the fruit of saw palmetto for 15 years.
BPH is a prostate gland enlargement. It is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland may cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.
So for 15 years, each year they were monitored for these symptoms, the results were really good:
Subjective assessment of BPH symptoms using IPSS (International Prostatic Symptoms Scale) did not worsen for any of the patients, in fact, patients experienced a significant reduction in symptoms. Quality of life for all patients during follow-up was significantly improved.
The Maximal Flow rate (QMax) indicated significant improvementThe amount of urine the patients voided during urination increased significantly, and the amount of residual urine also decreased significantly.
At completion of follow-up, no significant growth of the prostate was observed!!Serum PSA level remained fairly stable.
Saw Palmetto is a great herb used as part of a naturopathic approach to BPH and according to these recent results, it can bring many benefits!