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Saw Palmetto – A 200 year old Herbal Medicine | Anzen Exports

August 9, 2021by Anzen_Exports0

In herbal medicine, Saw Palmetto, Serenoa repens or Sabal serrulata, is a plant. It thrives in the warm environment of the southeast coast of the United States of America. Traditionally, it was used by Native Americans as an antiseptic and tonic, as well as to cure a range of ailments such as impotence, inflammation and infertility. For at least 200 years, crude extracts of Saw Palmetto have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including asthenia (weakness), recovery from severe illnesses, and urogenital issues.

It was first used in Western medicine in the 1870s, and eclectic doctors popularly used it for prostate and other urologic problems. Eclectic medicine practitioner H. W. Felter, stated, “Saw Palmetto is a nerve sedative, expectorant, and nutritive tonic, working favourably upon the digestive tract. Its most direct effect appears to be against the reproductive organs when they are experiencing waste of tissue”.(1)

Moreover, asthma, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), chronic pelvic pain syndrome, colds, coughs, migraines, prostate cancer, and sore throat are all believed to benefit from Saw Palmetto in alternative medicine. It is also considered to help with libido and stress relief.(2)

Saw Palmetto – A 200 year old Herbal Medicine

6 Health benefits of Saw Palmetto

  1. BPH 

The treatment of BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia), a disease defined by enlargement of the prostate, is one of the most popular applications of Saw Palmetto. BPH is not a life-threatening condition, but it does produce symptoms such as an increased desire to urinate.(3)

  1. Hair Loss

5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme involved in the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, is reported to be inhibited by Saw Palmetto. This enzyme is influential in the process of hair loss.

  1. Regulating Testosterone 

Testosterone affects both men and women’s sexual desire. It has a relation to fertility since it impacts both sperm and egg production. As a result, some people use Saw Palmetto to boost their testosterone levels. This may help them have a higher libido.(4)

  1. Preventing Cancerous Cells 

Saw Palmetto appeared to inhibit the development of cells affected by prostate cancer in a 2007 research, suggesting that it helps in treating prostate cancer.

  1. Decrease inflammation  

Two antioxidants found in Saw Palmetto, epicatechin and methyl gallate, protect cells from harm, decrease inflammation, and guard against chronic disease. In studies, saw palmetto was found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which might be beneficial in the treatment of certain illnesses.

  1. Minor Ailments  

Saw Palmetto is also used for a range of other ailments, like – coughs, colds, and sore throats, bronchitis, headaches, sleeping troubles

Saw Palmetto – A 200 year old Herbal Medicine

Side Effects

Adverse effects of Saw Palmetto are as follows –

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Bad breath
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tiredness
  • Stomach
  • Vomiting

Promising a healthier future

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Anzen Export’s blog posts have been written with the information gathered from approved medical journals and websites online. Our research and technical team strive to provide relevant information through such articles. To be best informed, we advise consulting a doctor about an ingredient or medicine prior to taking it.


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