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Saw palmetto: what is it for and how to use it

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Saw palmetto is a medicinal plant, of the species serene rethink, which produces small bluish-black berry-like fruits that contain anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and antiandrogenic properties. Therefore, saw palmetto is widely used as a home remedy for impotence, urinary problems or an enlarged prostate, for example.

This medicinal plant can be used in the form of tea, capsules or lotion, prepared from the dry extract of saw palmetto fruit, which can be purchased at health food stores or compounding pharmacies. However, its use should always be done with 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 diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-seborrhoeic, antiandrogenic and aphrodisiac medicinal properties, as well as being able to inhibit the growth of prostate cells.



The main indications of saw palmetto are:

  • Enlarged prostate;
  • Benign prostate tumor;
  • Inflammation of the prostate;
  • Urinary problems;
  • cystitis;
  • premature ejaculation;
  • Sexual impotence;
  • Eczema.

Some studies show that saw palmetto may also help treat baldness as it appears to slow hair loss.

Although it has many benefits, this medicinal plant should always be used under the guidance of a doctor.

How to use

The commonly used part of saw palmetto is the whole 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 capsules: take 1 capsule of 160 mg, 2 times 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 2 times a day.
  • Skin lotion: After washing and drying the hair, apply to the scalp over the areas where there is hair loss. 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 safe for most adults, provided it is taken orally in capsule or tea form for up to 3 years. However, it can cause some mild side effects that include dizziness, headache, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, a bitter taste in the mouth, constipation, or diarrhea.

In addition, saw palmetto can delay blood clotting and therefore it should be discontinued 2 weeks before any surgery to prevent bleeding or hemorrhage.

who shouldn’t use

Saw palmetto should not be used by children, pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is also contraindicated for people with blood clotting problems such as hemophilia, liver disease such as liver failure, or pancreas problems 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 medicinal plants or supplements that can affect blood clotting such as ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, horse chestnut, turmeric, willow, cloves, red clover or vitamin E.

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