Saw palmetto is a medicinal plant, of the species Serenoa repens, which produces small bluish-black fruits similar to blackberries, which contain anti-inflammatory, diuretic and antiandrogenic properties. For this reason, saw palmetto is widely used as a home remedy for impotence, urinary problems or enlarged prostate, for example.
This medicinal plant can be used in the form of tea, capsules or lotion, prepared from the dried extract of the saw palmetto fruit, which can be purchased at health food stores or handling pharmacies. However, its use should always be done under the guidance of a doctor or other health professional who has experience with the use of medicinal plants.
What is it for
Saw palmetto has medicinal diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-seborrheic, antiandrogenic and aphrodisiac properties, in addition to being able to inhibit the growth of prostate cells.
The main indications for saw palmetto are:
- Enlarged prostate;
- Benign tumor of the prostate;
- Inflammation in the prostate;
- Urinary problems;
- Premature ejaculation;
- Sexual impotence;
Some studies show that saw palmetto can also help in the treatment of baldness, as it seems to decrease hair loss.
Although it has many benefits, this medicinal plant should always be used with the guidance of the doctor.
How to use
The commonly used part of saw palmetto is its entire fruit from which its active substances are extracted and can be consumed in the form of powdered tea or capsules and also skin lotion.
The main ways to use saw palmetto are:
- Saw palmetto in capsules: take 1 160 mg capsule, twice a day, after breakfast and dinner;
- Saw palmetto tea: put 1 tablespoon of saw palmetto powder in 1 glass of water. Mix until the powder is completely dissolved and drink twice a day.
- Skin lotion: after washing and drying the hair, apply to the scalp over the areas where hair loss occurs. Massage the scalp for 2 or 3 minutes, pressing gently and making circular movements with your fingers. Saw palmetto lotion can also be applied to the skin in cases of eczema.
The duration and dosages of saw palmetto treatment depend on medical advice.
Possible side effects
Saw palmetto is a safe plant for most adults, as long as it is consumed orally in capsule or tea form, for up to 3 years. However, it can cause some mild side effects that include dizziness, headache, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bitter taste in the mouth, constipation or diarrhea.
In addition, saw palmetto can delay blood clotting, so you should stop using it 2 weeks before any surgery to prevent bleeding or bleeding.
Who should not use
Saw palmetto should not be used by children, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is also contraindicated for people with blood clotting problems, such as hemophilia, liver disease, such as liver failure, or problems in the pancreas, such as pancreatitis.
This medicinal plant should also not be used by people who use anticoagulants such as warfarin, acetylsalicylic acid or clopidogrel, for example, or who use other plants or medicinal supplements that can affect blood clotting such as ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, horse chestnut, turmeric, willow, clove, red clover or vitamin E.