TLDR Saw palmetto is effective for men's prostate issues, may help women with certain conditions, and could potentially treat hair loss, but should be used carefully due to possible side effects and interactions.
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is commonly used for men's health issues, particularly prostate disorders such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis. Recent research, primarily focusing on hexanic extracts of saw palmetto, has provided strong evidence of its efficacy in treating BPH. The herb may also be beneficial for women with polycystic ovary syndrome and hirsutism, but should be used cautiously in women of childbearing age. Additionally, saw palmetto has been studied for its potential use in treating the dermatological disorder androgenic alopecia. The document also provides information on the active constituents of saw palmetto, its common preparations and dosages, and safety precautions including potential side effects, toxicity, and interactions with diseases and drugs.View this study on doi.org →
Finasteride works better than Serenoa repens for male hair loss.
Sabal and Urtica extract works as well as finasteride for treating BPH, with fewer side effects.