Avoid using saw palmetto together with other herbal/health supplements that can also affect blood-clotting. This includes angelica (dong quai), capsicum, clove, danshen, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, horse chestnut, panax ginseng, poplar, red clover, turmeric, vitamin E, and willow.
Do not use different forms (capsules, tablets, tinctures, topical forms, etc) of saw palmetto at the same time without medical advice. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose.
However, we should remember that the thinning process mentioned above takes a very long time and sometimes results in irreversible destruction of the hair follicles. Thus, the recovery process usually takes longer and depends on the severity, extension, and type of hair loss.
Saw palmetto is commonly used as a remedy for males with benign prostatic hyperplasia. It reduces urinary symptoms and slows prostatic growth by countering DHT through the mechanisms discussed above. However, saw palmetto also has plenty of benefits for women.
A recent study in Japanese women shows that saw palmetto may also benefit the urinary system. Women with overactive bladder and lower urinary tract symptoms such as nocturia and increased daytime frequency may find significant relief from saw palmetto extracts (6).
Women with facial hair, acne, and other problems triggered by high testosterone levels can also benefit from saw palmetto. According to studies, the treatment can be administered orally or topically with a high success rate (7).
However, remember that saw palmetto is not FDA-approved for any conditions. You may try it if you and your doctor determine that it could be appropriate in your case. Saw palmetto should never be used in place of what your doctor recommends or prescribes.
A study in 225 patients showed that 12 months supplementation with saw palmetto along with lycopene, selenium, and a drug commonly used to treat BPH symptoms (tamsulosin) was effective in the treatment of LUTS. The same combination was as effective as another drug (tadalafil) in a clinical trial on over 400 men with LUST due to BPH [17, 18].
Saw palmetto extract (both alone and combined with nettle root) significantly decreased the number of nighttime urinations compared to a placebo and two other drugs used to treat excessive nighttime urination in 2 clinical trials on over 1,000 men with LUTS [23, 24].
A 2016 review only included trials with a special standardized extract of saw palmetto called Permixon. Permixon was effective in improving urinary symptoms of BPH compared to placebo. It was just as effective as finasteride in treating BPH . 2b1af7f3a8