Saw Palmetto Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Saw palmetto's active ingredients come from brownish black berries of the American dwarf palm (Serenoa repens or Sabal serrolata). Native Americans have used the Saw Palmetto berry to treat genital, urinary tract, and reproductive system problems. Saw Palmetto is widely researched and used in Europe, and is now gaining popularity in North America, and being used for its benefits for the urinary tract.
Saw palmetto is a small palm tree that grows in coastal areas of the American southeast, parts of Africa, and southern Europe. It has white flowers that bloom in the spring and summer and produces clusters of olive-sized fruits that turn dark blue when ripe. Once dried, the fruits are used medicinally. Harvesting of saw palmetto berries is becoming a big industry with nearly 2000 tons of these berries being shipped to Europe for the herbal supplement market.
Common doses of Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto comes as tablets, capsules, teas, berries (fresh or dried), and liquid extract. Some experts recommend the following dose:
Uses of Saw Palmetto herb
In the early part of the twentieth century, saw palmetto berry tea was commonly recommended by herbalists for a variety of urinary tract ailments in men. Some believed the berry increased sperm production and sex drive in men. Specifically, saw palmetto may help to :-
Some herbalists also purport that saw palmetto may also exhibit anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, and sedative properties. Other reports, while unconfirmed, indicate that saw palmetto may also be somewhat effective in stimulating hair growth.
Side effects of Saw Palmetto
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of saw palmetto:
This herb also can cause high blood pressure.
Are there any interactions?
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Many test tube, animal, and human studies have found that saw palmetto (especially its component known as LSESR) treats benign prostate enlargement as effectively as a commonly prescribed drug. Current studies focus on comparing how saw palmetto and the prescription drug work. Nonetheless, even though LSESR seems safe and effective, medical experts need to see the results of the comparative research before they can fully recommend saw palmetto.
Other names for Saw Palmetto
Other names for saw palmetto include American dwarf palm tree, cabbage palm, IDS 89, LSESR. and saba!.
Products containing saw palmetto are sold under such names as Permixon, Propalmex, and Strogen.
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