[Application of saw palmetto fruit extract in the treatment of prostate diseases]

Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2015 Sep;21(9):841-6.
[Article in Chinese]


Saw palmetto fruit extract (SPE), as a herbal product, is widely used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Recent studies show that SPE also has some therapeutic effects on chronic prostatitis, prostate cancer, sexual dysfunction, and so on. This article presents an overview on the application of SPE in the treatment of BPH, prostate cancer, and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, with a discussion on its action mechanisms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Fruit / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Pelvic Pain / drug therapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Prostatic Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / drug therapy
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Prostatitis / drug therapy
  • Serenoa
  • Syndrome


  • Plant Extracts
  • saw palmetto extract