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Can taking Saw palmetto be safe for enlarged prostate?

my father has enlarged postrate and been taking sawpalmeeto for the last 3 months. since taking sawpalmetto it has made him pee good. he also has chronic lymphatic leukemia for the last ten years. his spleen results show thAT HIS SPLEEN IS SO SMALL the doctors thought hed had it removed. my dad is scared that the sawpalmetto is shrinking it, is it posssible?? he is on organic veges has been for years or could the l leukemia do that????



my dad is 80 and also has sezary syndrome,causing itches and sores,but the last 5 weeks has had no symptoms, could the sawpalmetto be helping that but the spleen is shrinking. need some advice. sincerely celeste
Fri, 16 Apr 2021
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Hi,

Saw palmetto has been shown to be effective in the treatment of benign hypertrophy of prostate by shrinking the size of prostate and improvement in prostate related urinary symptoms. No major side effects have been reported, while being used orally. However, mild side effects like nausea, headache, dizziness, constipation or diarrhea may be seen, but most of these are transient and go by themselves with time or at the most with stoppage of drug.

As, it has been alleged to be having a beneficial effect on liver and spleen also, therefore, it may be a possibility of having its effect on spleen also. However, I will not like to comment, if it is so, then whether this effect on spleen is beneficial or not, as not much studies are available of its effect on spleen.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Satnarain Bansal, General & Family Physician
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Can taking Saw palmetto be safe for enlarged prostate?

Hi, Saw palmetto has been shown to be effective in the treatment of benign hypertrophy of prostate by shrinking the size of prostate and improvement in prostate related urinary symptoms. No major side effects have been reported, while being used orally. However, mild side effects like nausea, headache, dizziness, constipation or diarrhea may be seen, but most of these are transient and go by themselves with time or at the most with stoppage of drug. As, it has been alleged to be having a beneficial effect on liver and spleen also, therefore, it may be a possibility of having its effect on spleen also. However, I will not like to comment, if it is so, then whether this effect on spleen is beneficial or not, as not much studies are available of its effect on spleen. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Satnarain Bansal, General & Family Physician