The saw palmetto is a plant that comes straight from the southern United States and from Central and South America. Its scientific name is Sabal Serrulata or Serenoa Repens. It is part of the Arecaceae family and is also called Florida palm, Saw-palm or Saw-palmetto. This small tree grows easily in the wild and does not exceed 3 m. These active principles are in particular phytosterols, aliphatic alcohols, and free fatty acids and fatty acid esters.
When to use saw palmetto?
In herbal medicine, this plant is particularly prized for treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. This disorder corresponds to the increase in the volume of the prostate, which leads to compress the urethra and the bladder. The man who suffers from it then experiences various disorders of urination (pain, frequent urge to urinate, etc.). Thanks to its active ingredients, saw palmetto can inhibit the activity of the enzyme responsible for these urination problems and reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Apart from that, saw palmetto is also indicated in case of:
- Chronic prostatitis or inflammation of the prostate;
- Androgenetic alopecia. These are hair loss caused by hormonal disorders;
- Hirsutism. This health problem corresponds to an abnormal growth of hair in women. These hairs appear especially at the level of the chin, around the nipples, in the area of the mustache or in the lower abdomen;
- Seborrheic dermatitis or oily hair problem. Saw palmetto can also be an effective treatment for greasy hair, as it works by limiting excessive sebum production;
- Acne problem. By regulating the secretion of sebum, this plant can also be used as a treatment for acne-prone skin;
- Disorders relating to the urinary system in men;
- Breast problems;
- Digestive disorders;
Apart from these effects on these various health disorders, it is also renowned for its aphrodisiac, expectorant and antiseptic properties.
In what form should this plant be used?
In phytotherapy, it is generally the fruits of the saw palmetto that are used. These are used in the form of fruit extracts, mother tincture and standardized extracts. There are also saw palmetto fruit capsules.
How to take advantage of the benefits of saw palmetto?
The method of use and dosage of saw palmetto depend on the form taken. And to get the best therapeutic effects, know that:
- In tincture: a dose of 1 to 2 ml 3 times a day is sufficient.
- In capsules: it is advisable to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- And in extracts: saw palmetto is taken at a rate of 160 mg, 2 times a day.
What precautions should be taken to use it correctly?
To take advantage of all therapeutic benefits of saw palmetto, you know that it can cause several side effects. It can cause itching, headaches, mild intestinal upset and high blood pressure. It should also be noted that the beneficial effects of this medicinal plant are felt only after 1 or 2 months of treatment. Finally, this plant is strongly discouraged during hormone therapy and during pregnancy.