Saw Palmetto

Latin name: Serenoa repens
Chinese name: ju ye zong

What is Saw Palmetto?
Saw palmetto is a small palm endemic to the Southeastern United States. Saw palmetto has a history of being used as a tonic by the Maya, and some plants are thought to be as old as 500 to 700 years. Saw palmetto has been used abundantly in Europe for treating symptoms related to an enlarged prostate.

What are the health benefits of Saw Palmetto?
True to European medicinal practices, saw palmetto is known to ease conditions related to the prostate and balance testosterone levels. This plant is also used to treat hormonal challenges in menopausal women. There is currently scientific exploration being conducted regarding the effectiveness of saw palmetto against prostatic hyperplasia and other urologic symptoms. The plant is used to treat impotence, increase the function of the testicles, reduce inflammation, and relieve irritation in mucous membranes of the urinary tract and prostate. Consumption of the saw palmetto fruit is said to be beneficial to digestion, and also increases weight and strength. The plant is also used as an aphrodisiac, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, and tonic.

Are there any precautions for taking Saw Palmetto?
Possible side effects of using saw palmetto include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea.

Where can I find Saw Palmetto?
Saw palmetto can be found online, at Asian markets, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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