Saw Palmetto is a small, palm-like plant native to North America traditionally used to treat problems associated with the urinary tract and reproductive system.
Saw Palmetto is widely used in Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and now the U.S. for nutritionally benefiting the prostate and urinary tract and is commonly marketed as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.
The active constituents are volatile oil, steroidal saponin, tannins, and polysaccharides and it is one of the few herbal remedies that are considered to be anabolic as it strengthens and builds body tissues.
Saw palmetto inhibits androgen and oestrogen receptor activity and may be beneficial for both sexes in balancing the hormones.It can therefore aid the thyroid in regulating sexual development and normalizing activity of those glands and organs.
Women have used the herb to stimulate breast enlargement and lactation as well as treating ovarian and uterine irritability. However, because of its potential hormonal effects, pregnant women should not use it unless specifically instructed to by a medical professional.
Saw palmetto has been used as an expectorant for use in clearing chest congestion and can be used to treat coughs, asthma, and bronchitis, and also to stimulate appetite, improve digestion, nourish the nervous system and increase the assimilation of nutrients in to the body and as a diuretic.