Sabal, Sabal serrulata, Serenoa repens
Saw palmetto, shrub palmetto, dwarf palm
The saw palmetto is a small palm
tree native to the southeastern U.S.. It grows 4 to 10 feet tall. This depends on
region. The medicinal part is the ripe, dried berry. It’s also called Sabal fructus.
Both the berries and seeds of the saw palmetto plant are used.
Saw palmetto may reduce the
symptoms of an enlarged prostate. It’s often used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy
Medically valid uses
There are many studies looking at
the effects of saw palmetto on treating symptoms of BPH. But the results are
inconsistent and contradictory. Current scientific studies don't support the use of
palmetto for any health condition.
There may be benefits that have not
yet been proven through research.
Saw palmetto is said to stimulate
the appetite. It may also tone and strengthen the male reproductive system. It’s also
claimed to reduce prostate inflammation. There are claims that saw palmetto extracts
enhance sexual desire and function, especially for older adults.
Saw palmetto berry extracts come in tablet, extract, tea, and capsule forms.
Side effects, toxicity, and interactions
Talk to your healthcare provider before starting herbal therapy.
The saw palmetto berries and extract are considered safe. There are few side effects.
In rare cases, they may cause mild headaches and stomach problems.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their healthcare providers
before taking any herbs.
There are no known food or medicine
interactions with saw palmetto.