Saw palmetto, known as Serenoa Repens, is a small palm type of plant. It produces yellow flowers and reddish black berries. Its ripe fruit is used to make the saw palmetto extract which is used as a herbal medicine.
Saw palmetto is primarily indicated for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is also indicated in treating barrenness in women, increasing lactation; reduce cramps and pain during menstruation and as a general health tonic.
Saw palmetto is listed in the United States Pharmacopeia and is a licensed herb for medicinal use in many countries.
Saw Palmetto has been in use since centuries as a food source and for its medicinal benefits.
It might have a beneficial effect on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
It may reduce prostate size and in treatment of certain hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovarian Syndrome.
Saw palmetto provides some improvement in urinary symptoms and urine flow.
It also helps treat male baldness.
Saw palmetto may show some indications to prevent tumors and treatment of cancer, though there are no scientific studies to back this claim.
Saw palmetto helps improve functioning of the thyroid gland and balance metabolism.
It is useful against cold, cough and sore throat.
It is also used as a aphrodisiac.
Chronic bronchitis, asthma and migraine also show improvement by use of saw palmetto.
Increasing breast size.
Reducing bleeding after prostate surgery.
Saw palmetto is used as a nutritive tonic.
Saw palmetto is not recommended for children
For prostate problems, a dose of 160 mg twice a day or 320 mg once a day.
They also include gastrointestinal disturbances and increase the risk of bleeding.
Saw palmetto may affect male libido.
It can also interfere with birth control pills and hormonal therapy in women.
Saw palmetto can interfere with other medications and also in the absorption of iron.
Side effects include mild headaches, nausea, and feeling of dizziness.