saw palmetto berry treats chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Deservedly, saw palmetto berry is most famous for treating enlarged prostate in men. But it does more for men than that, as this new study reveals.

Prostatitis includes bacterial infection in the prostate and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. It can lead to infection, urinary tract infection, inflammation, pain and sexual dysfunction. Half of all men will experience prostatitis in their life. So, half of all men will want to know about saw palmetto berry because new research shows that the great men’s herb treats that too.

The study was double-blind and included 221 men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. For 12 weeks, 148 of them took saw palmetto berry extract, and 73 of them took only a placebo. The saw palmetto was significantly better at improving scores on the National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index. While only 32.9% of the placebo group achieved a clinical response, a significantly greater 73% of the saw palmetto group did.

Saw palmetto was significantly better for all sub-scores, including pain, urinary symptoms and quality of life. Erectile function improved in both groups, but in the men whose conditions were moderate to severe, it improved significantly only in the saw palmetto group. Men with severe chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome had significant improvement on the International Index of Erectile Function.

The saw palmetto was as safe as it was effective: it was as harmless as the placebo.

So, don’t just think of saw palmetto for enlarged prostate. It is also a safe, effective treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.


World J Urol 2021;doi.org/10.1007/s00345-020-03577-2


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For much more on the healing properties of saw palmetto berry, see Linda and Ted's book Healthy Herbs: Your Everyday Guide to Medicinal Herbs and Their Use

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