[Efficacy and safety of Saw Palmetto Extract Capsules in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia]

Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2015 Dec;21(12):1098-101.
[Article in Chinese]

Abstract

Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of Saw Palmetto Extract Capsules in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Methods: We conducted a multi-centered open clinical study on 165 BPH patients treated with Saw Palmetto Extract Capsules at a dose of 160 mg qd for 12 weeks. At the baseline and after 6 and 12 weeks of medication, we compared the International Prostate Symptom Scores (IPSS), prostate volume, postvoid residual urine volume, urinary flow rate, quality of life scores (QOL), and adverse events between the two groups of patients.

Results: Compared with the baseline, both IPSS and QOL were improved after 6 weeks of medication, and at 12 weeks, significant improvement was found in IPSS, QOL, urinary flow rate, and postvoid residual urine. Mild stomachache occurred in 1 case, which necessitated no treatment.

Conclusion: Saw Palmetto Extract Capsules were safe and effective for the treatment of BPH.

Publication types

  • Clinical Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Capsules
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / drug therapy*
  • Quality of Life

Substances

  • Capsules
  • Plant Extracts
  • saw palmetto extract