Complementary medicine update

Saw palmetto and lower urinary tract symptoms in men

Charles Chabert, Ziv Maianski, Phillip D Stricker AO

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Abstract

Herbal therapies aimed at treating lower urinary tract symptoms in men have increased in popularity. Despite this, evidence for their effectiveness is not conclusive.

Article Extract

Approximately half of all men aged over 50 years experience lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). There has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of herbal therapies targeting subjective improvement in mild to moderate LUTS, due to the impact on quality of life experienced by men with BPH. These natural products are also popular because they are perceived to be efficacious with minimal side effects.

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