Saw Palmetto and Fenugreek Dosage
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Terri
Posted on: November 29, 1998

Are these herbs in capsule form as effective as the seed or berry? In either form what are the recommended dosages?

Capsules are an effective medium for taking herbs. As long as they are taken while standing and followed by water, the contents quickly reach the stomach where their contents are slowly released.

Saw Palmetto is used in benign prostate enlargement, urinary tract infection and impotence. The dosage of Saw Palmetto is 0.5 to 1.0 grams, three times a day.

Fenugreek is used for healing inflammation, soothing digestive problems, reducing cholesterol and helping to lower blood sugar in diabetes. The usual preparation of Fenugreek is boiling 1-2 teaspoons of the seeds per cup of water for 15 minutes. The usual dosage is 2-3 cups a day. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the standard used for herbal dosages, does not give a dosage for Fenugreek. Mrs. Grieve, in A Modern Herbal (available at Richters), suggests 1-2 teaspoons of the powder per day.

Both of these herbs have been used to assist in bust development and in gaining strength during recovery from illness.

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