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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-13

Saw palmetto extract: A dermatologist's perspective


Department of Dermatology, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Varshini Reddy
No. 13/7, 7th Main Road, RA Puram, Chennai - 600 028, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijdd.ijdd_45_16

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Saw palmetto extract is believed to have antiandrogenic properties and has been used widely for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. It is claimed to have much less side effects as compared to finasteride. Along with its use for androgenic alopecia, it has also been tried for other conditions associated with increased androgen levels in dermatology. This article will review a dermatologist's perspective of this traditional herb.


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