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Saw palmetto. (Raw Material Research).

Raw Material: Saw palmetto saw palmetto

Any of several shrubby palms chiefly of the southern U.S. and West Indies that have spiny-toothed petioles (leafstalks), especially a common palm (Serenoa repens) of the southeastern U.S., with a usually creeping stem.

Indication: Urinary urinary /uri·nary/ (u´ri-nar?e) pertaining to, containing, or secreting urine.

1. Relating to urine and its production, function, or excretion.

 / sexual function

Source: Urology urology

Medical specialty dealing with the urinary system and male reproductive organs. It traces its origin to medieval lithologists, itinerant healers who specialized in surgical removal of bladder stones.
, 2001 December;58(6):960-4

Research: Eighty-five men 45 years of age or older were recruited for a randomized ran·dom·ize  
tr.v. ran·dom·ized, ran·dom·iz·ing, ran·dom·iz·es
To make random in arrangement, especially in order to control the variables in an experiment.
, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to assess the effects of saw palmetto on urinary symptoms, sexual function and urinary flow rate. Participants were evaluated using the International Prostate Symptom Score--a sexual function questionnaire--and by measurement of urinary flow rate.

Results: The mean symptom score decreased from 16.7 to 12.3 in the saw palmetto group compared with 15.8 to 13.6 in the placebo placebo (pləsē`bō), inert substance given instead of a potent drug. Placebo medications are sometimes prescribed when a drug is not really needed or when one would not be appropriate because they make patients feel well taken care of.  group. There was no change in sexual function questionnaire results in either group. The peak flow rate increased by 1.0 mL/s and 1.4 mL/s in the saw palmetto and placebo groups, respectively. Saw palmetto led to a statistically significant improvement in urinary symptoms in men with lower urinary tract symptoms compared with placebo. Saw palmetto has no measurable effect on the urinary flow rates. The mechanism by which saw palmetto improve urinary symptoms remains unknown.
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Publication:Nutraceuticals World
Date:May 1, 2002
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