Saw Palmetto is an extract used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. The extract is derived from the fruit by name Serenoa repens. It is categorized as an alternative medicine with a potential to treat many medical conditions. It is used in the making of several herbal medicines. History says that, American and European medical practitioners were using this extract since 200 years for controlling the symptoms associated with various medical conditions. According to an observation made by one of the medical practitioner who has used the extract extensively, the extract exhibits several properties like that of an expectorant, nutritive tonic and nerve sedative. It works by impacting the digestive tract. Saw Palmetto comes in capsule, topical, tinctures and in teas formulations.
The foremost use of Saw Palmetto is to control the symptoms associated with BPH. Saw Palmetto is also used extensively for treating prostate infections, sore throat, coughs, cold, chronic pelvic pain, chronic bronchitis, migraine headache and can also be taken to increase the flow of urine, to stimulate sexual drive and to induce feelings of relaxation.
Though it doesn’t reduce the size of the prostate, Saw Palmetto has the potential to reduce the inner lining, thereby ceasing off the pressure induced in urinary tubes. Certain clinical studies suggest the efficiency of the medicine in treating hair loss.
Saw Palmetto should be taken along with food so as to prevent stomach upset. Consult the doctor, most preferably a physician with expertise in herbal supplements before taking Saw Palmetto.
Don’t take multiple doses of Saw Palmetto unless and until if advised by the physician. Patients undergoing surgery should inform the doctor beforehand as consumption of the medicine should be discontinued for a brief period.
Saw Palmetto doesn’t cause severe adverse effects in the body. Some of the less serious side effects are diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, vomiting, nausea and headache. According to few medical experts, the medicine causes impotency in men.
There is a risk of this medicine triggering pancreas or liver problems. In order to ensure safety, do not take Saw Palmetto for more than 30 days. The safety of the medicine for long term use hasn’t been determined yet.
Taking Saw palmetto along with Birth control pills will decrease the estrogen content in the body and render the medication ineffective. Hence, avoid taking those pills. Pills that have the potential to slow down the blood clotting process interact with this medicine, especially Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant medicines.