Saw Palmetto

Summary

Medicinal plant used mainly against benign prostatic hyperplasia , it can be found in pills or drops.

names

Portuguese name: Saw Palmetto, sabal, serenoa repens
Binomial name: Serenoa repens (W.Bartram) Small, 1926 French
name: Nain palm , sabal, Florida palm, North American palm English name: Saw palmetto German name: Sage palm Italian name:  serenoa

Family

Arecaceae

Constituents

Steroid, flavonoids, polysaccharides.

parts used

Berries (dried berries)

Effects

Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-androgen.

Secundary effects

Gastric disorders, constipation, diarrhea, headache, hypertension, in female libido disorders, in male erectile disorders (rare effects).

Note: it is estimated that at least 1 to 2 months of treatment with saw palmetto (sabal) may be required before the first health benefits can be seen at the prostate level.

contraindications

none known

Interactions

none known

Preparations

– Capsules

– Tinctures (in drops)

– Infusion

Where Does Saw Palmetto Grow?

Saw palmetto grows primarily in the United States, primarily in the southern states of the East Coast (South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama). He is originally from the Southeastern United States.

When to Harvest Saw Palmetto Berries?

Saw palmetto fruits are harvested from late July to mid-September. It is important to know that Saw Palmetto (sabal) is rarely cultivated, as it grows in the wild mainly in Florida. Therefore, it is possible to harvest it directly from nature.

Comments

– Remedies based on Saw Palmetto are drugs widely used in benign prostatic hyperplasia . Its effectiveness would be comparable to that of finasteride and tamsulosin, two classic drugs indicated in benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, in a special July 2020 issue of the French journal Science & Vie published on medicinal plants, which studied the effectiveness of 77 medicinal plants, saw palmetto (serenoa repens) was found to be a plant with likely efficacy in benign prostatic hyperplasia in proven effectiveness. To reach this subtle conclusion, the French magazine was based in particular on a Cochrane study published in 2012. In France, saw palmetto-based medicines were reimbursed by 30% in 2020.

– An advantage of saw palmetto compared to conventional chemical drugs is that it has no known drug interactions and has fewer side effects compared to alpha blockers. Therefore, saw palmetto can be helpful in people who are taking other medications or who want to limit side effects. Saw Palmetto, however, has the disadvantage of taking longer to be effective, as we saw above, it is estimated that at least 1 to 2 months of using Saw Palmetto medicines are needed before the first health benefits are observed. of the prostate.

– In the United States, it is estimated that around 2 million people consume medicines based on saw palmetto, that is, just under 1% of the country’s population. Saw Palmetto is also widely consumed in Europe.

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