Botanical: Sarenoa serrulata (HOOK, F.)
Family: N.O. Palmaceae
The American Botanical Council
provided a summay demonstrating that Saw Palmetto is “considered
diuretic, sedative, antiandrogenic, antiexudative, and
other effects.” “A number of double-blind, placebo controlled
clinical studies published in recent years involving over 600
patients suggests that Saw Palmetto extracts improve objective and
subjective symptoms, including dysuria, nocturia, and frequent and
poor urinary flow.” It is “traditionally considered an
expectorant, sedative and
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. in his book,
The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, concludes that Saw Palmetto
“although specific for certain diseases of the prostate and
reproductive organs, is generally effectively used for nutritional
support of all bodily systems”. He notes that “doctors have
prescribed it to stimulate the appetite, improve digestion and
increase assimilation”. “It functions as a nutritive tonic.”
FDA has not objected to claims
made that Saw Palmetto “maintains prostate health and well being”;
supports “healthy prostate function”; “used specifically for men’s
health”; “helps maintain proper urinary function”; “the leading
herb for men’s health”; “supports the health and function of the
urinary tract and the prostate gland”; Saw Palmetto can help the
body maintain healthy hormone levels”; and literally dozens of
other, comparable claims.
References on Saw Palmetto Berries, (Serenoa
Repens, Serenoa Serrulata)
Musculo-skeletal system, male system.
Daniel Mowrey, Ph D, Tonic Herbs.
Appetite stimulant, bladder, digestion,
genital-urinary system, glands, mammary glands, mucous membranes, nerves,
nutritive, prostate, reproductive system, and thyroid.
Daniel Mowrey, Ph D, Herbal Tonic Therapies.
Diuretic, tonic. It has the power of
affecting the respiratory mucous membrane and is used as a tissue builder.
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve.
The partially dried ripe fruit is a
diuretic and tonic.
Foster. S. & Duke. J. A. A field Guide to Medicinal Plants, Eastern
and Central N. America. - Bown. D. Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses.
Dorling Kindersley, London.
An extract made from the berries of this
shrub is used to sustain the male reproductive system. The herb has also
been use as a tonic and digestive aid.
IVI Publishing's On health.
Native Americans and early Americans
settlers used the berries. This plant is called the " plant catheter" due
to its effect on the neck of the bladder and the prostate in men. Saw
palmetto is a tonic and is one of the few herbal remedies that are
considered to be anabolic-it strengthens and build the body tissues. Saw
palmetto inhibits androgen and estrogen receptor activity and may be
beneficial for both sexes in balancing the hormones.
Herbal Information Center. - Mrs. Grieves A Modern Herbal. - Foster.
S. Duke J. A. a Filed Guide to Medicinals Plants. Eastern and Central N.
America. - Bown. D. Encyclopedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling
Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations by R.
C. Wren, F. L. S.
British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983.
Foster. S & Duke J. A. a Field Guide to medicinal Plants. Eastern
and Central N. America. - Houghton Mifflin Co. 1990. - A Modern Herbal
Mrs. M. Grieve, Penguin 1984.