Saw Palmetto

BCCT plans to write a summary on saw palmetto. While our summary is in development, you can visit About Herbs: Saw Palmetto

Before using this therapy, consult your oncology team about interactions with other treatments and therapies. Also make sure this therapy is safe for use with any other medical conditions you may have.


The About Herbs summary of Saw Palmetto lists several adverse reactions, herb-drug interactions and herb-lab interactions. For more information, read the summary, linked above. BCCT recommends you consult with your physician before taking this supplement.


BCCT does not recommend therapies or doses, but only provides information for patients and providers to consider as part of a complete treatment plan. Patients should discuss therapies with their physicians, as contraindications, interactions and side effects must be evaluated.

A study investigating the composition of various forms of saw palmetto concluded that “liquid saw palmetto supplements may be the best choice for individuals who want to take a saw palmetto supplement with the highest concentrations of both fatty acids and phytosterols.”1

Dosage recommendations are available from these sources:

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