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Commission E Monograph on Saw Palmetto

Translated from the German

By the American Botanical Council

Last Update: January 15, 2001

Saw palmetto berry

Sabal fructus


Published March 2, 1989; Revised February 1, 1990 and January 17, 1991

Description of Drug

Sabal fructus, saw palmetto berry.

Constituents of Drug

Saw palmetto berry consists of the ripe, dried fruit of Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small (syn. Sabal serrulata (Michaux) Nutall ex Schultes) [Fam. Arecaceae] as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains fatty oil with phytosterols and polysaccharides


Urination problems in benign prostate hyperplasia stages 1 and 2


None known

Side Effects

In rare cases, stomach problems

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known


Daily dosage:

1 -2 g sabal berry or 320 mg

lipophilic ingredients extracted with ipophilic solvents (hexane or ethanol 90% v/v);

Equivalent preparations

Mode of Administration

Comminuted herb and other galenic preparations for oral use




Caution: This medication relieves only the difficulties associated with an enlarged prostate without reducing the enlargement. Please consult a physician at regular intervals.

This monograph is Copyright © 1995, American Botanical Council. All Rights Reserved. Reproduced here by permission.

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