Product No. P1905
Saw Palmetto is a small, palm-like plant native to North America. Native Americans and
early American settlers
used the berries to treat problems associated with the genitals, urinary tract and reproductive
system. This herb
is called the 'plant catheter' due to its therapeutic effect on the neck of the bladder and
the prostate in men.
Saw Palmetto is widely used in Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and now the U.S. for
the prostate and urinary tract. It has been marketed as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.
The active constituents are volatile oil, steroidal saponin, tannins, and polysaccharides.
Saw Palmetto is a tonic,
and is one of the few herbal remedies that are considered to be anabolic - it strengthens
and builds body tissues.
For men it treats an enlarged and weakened prostate gland. It has shown significant action
in treatment of conditions
associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Saw palmetto extract works to prevent
testosterone from converting
into dihydrotestosterone, the hormone thought to cause prostrate cells to multiply, leading
to an enlarged prostate.
It is chiefly used as a diuretic and to tone the bladder by improving urinary flow, and
relieving strain. Regular
use of saw palmetto may decrease urinary frequency, especially during the night, by allowing
complete bladder expulsion
and reducing inflammation of the bladder and enlarged prostrate.
Saw palmetto inhibits androgen and estrogen receptor activity and may be beneficial for both
sexes in balancing the
hormones. Because of it hormonal effects it can aid the thyroid in regulating sexual
development and normalizing
activity of those glands and organs.
Women have used the herb to stimulate breast enlargement and lactation as well as treating
ovarian and uterine
irritability. It has been prescribed for reduced or absent sex drive, impotence and frigidity.
Because of its potential
hormonal effects, pregnant women should not use it.
The berries have been recommended in treatment of diseases that deprive the body of strength
and growth. Preliminary
evidence exists to also suggest saw palmetto may also aid those suffering from thyroid
deficiency. Saw palmetto is a
good expectorant for use in clearing chest congestion and can be used to treat coughs, asthma,
It has also been used to stimulate appetite, improve digestion, nourish the nervous system and
increase the assimilation
of nutrients to the body.
Parts Used: Fresh berries and dried berries as capsules or in preparation as a tincture.
Common Use: The berries have long held a reputation as sexual stimulants and aphrodisiacs. The
largest use today is
as a supplement for reducing enlarged prostate glands, treating urinary tract problems and for
improving body strength.
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