Research: KANE and COLLEAGUES,

Listed in Issue 201

Abstract

KANE and COLLEAGUES, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of California San Diego, 200 West Arbor Drive, 8897, San Diego, CA 92103-8897, USA. ckane@ucsd.edu  review the evidence of the efficacy and safety of saw palmetto for men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Background

Saw palmetto is widely used to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although there is passionate support for herbal and complementary therapies for LUTS, clinical evidence is mixed.

Methodology

Because there is a well-recognized, profound placebo effect in tests of efficacy for agents treating LUTS, it is imperative that all therapies be tested in placebo-controlled trials.

Results

This article reviews evidence of the efficacy and safety of saw palmetto for men with LUTS caused by BPH, with particular emphasis on published randomized clinical trials and the upcoming Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Urologic Symptoms (CAMUS) trial.

Conclusion

References

Kane CJ, Raheem OA, Bent S, Avins AL. What do I tell patients about saw palmetto for benign prostatic hyperplasia?. [Review] Source Urologic Clinics of North America. 38(3): 261-77. Aug 2011.

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