Scientific Name: Sabal serrulata
Active Compounds:steroidal saponin, polysaccharides, volatile oil, fixed oil, tannins
Background:Native Americans relied on saw palmetto berries as part of their natural diet. Immigrants to North America began to use them to improve their health and longevity. Saw Palmetto is a tonic herb and it can be used to treat problems of the urinary tract as well as the prostate.
Saw palmetto is primarily used as a tonic herb.
Tonic: Saw palmetto can be used to help regain strength after illness. It is used to treat wasting syndrome and helps people to put on weight.
Urinary Tract:Saw palmetto can be used to help the bladder grow stronger and improves urination. It can also be used for an enlarged prostate.
Hormone: Saw palmetto can be used to improve the sex drive in men as well as a treatment for impotence. In women, it can be used to enlarge the breasts.
Saw palmetto is a palm tree that can grow as tall as 20 feet. It is native to North America. The berries are picked when they become ripe in the fall.
As an infusion, drink 1 cup daily for enlarged prostate.
As a tincture, take 1 tsp daily as a tonic.
No negative safety information is available for this herb. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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