Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

21. Are any complementary approaches effective in treating urinary tract symptoms related to prostate enlargement?

The herb saw palmetto has been studied for its possible effects on urinary tract symptoms related to prostate enlargement. Two NIH-sponsored studies found that this herb was no more effective than a placebo (pills containing only inactive substances) in relieving urinary tract symptoms associated with prostate enlargement in older men. One of these studies used doses of saw palmetto up to three times what men usually take. No harmful side effects of saw palmetto were identified in these studies.