Is saw palmetto helpful for benign prostatic hyperplasia?
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A recent Cochrane review concluded that saw palmetto is not superior to placebo, although the heterogeneity of products and doses studied makes combining results into a meta-analysis problematic. In direct comparisons, saw palmetto demonstrated efficacy equal to finasteride and tamsulosin, with fewer side effects and lower cost.
Evidence Based Practice 13(2): 03-04.