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Complementary Medicine

Is Saw Palmetto Safe For Women

02/25/2009

Question:

Does saw palmetto help firm and help the breast developement of a women? Is it safe to use? Also, what about the herbs fenugreek, fennel seed, wild yam? Are all of these safe and can they actually firm the breasts?

Answer:

There is no evidence to support the use in women of saw palmetto.  Use of fenugreek, fennel seed, and wild yam needs to be monitored by by your doctor so you do not run into complications specific for you.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University