- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Saw Palmetto - Man's Best Friend
By Jewel Tyler
I highly recommend Saw Palmetto to any man for the health of a very vital organ in their bodies – the Prostate. It is also a natural sexual stimulant for men and has been known to increase growth in the breasts of women. Let’s first take a serious look at the Prostate gland for men as well as a known killer of men Prostate Cancer and other prostate conditions.
The prostate is a gland found between the bladder and penis. Though small, its functions are very vital. Urine leaves the body through a tube in the prostate called the urethra. The prostate also provides seminal fluid, which nourishes sperm. There are two common conditions that affect the prostate, prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer.
Prostatic hypertrophy is an enlargement of the prostate. The condition is common in older men. Fifty to 75 percent of men over the age of 50 have prostatic hypertrophy, and 30 percent of these men have an operation for the condition. Prostatic hypertrophy is associated with the excessive intake of fat, especially saturated fat. It is also connected to the production of male hormones. Prostatic hypertrophy may develop into prostate cancer. Symptoms associated with this condition can include any of the following: urination at night, decreased force of the urinary stream, hesitancy or difficulty in starting urination, dribbling burning of the urine, discomfort when passing urine, and blood in the urine. Sometimes a mass is felt in the area of the prostate. Occasionally there are problems with sexual potency.
Prostate cancer is almost as prevalent as lung cancer and is quickly becoming the number-one cancer killer among men. There are 165,000 new cases, and 35,000 deaths annually from this disease in the U.S. Prostate cancer occurs at higher rates among African Americans and older men, but is not unusual in men in their 30’s and 40’s. The disease is unusual in that it is generally very slow growing; many men who have prostate cancer are unaware of it and die of other causes. Prostate cancer is linked to excess testosterone, which is believed to increase with a high fat diet.
There are few symptoms associated with early prostate cancer. Nodules in the prostate may be felt on digital examination, although these are not necessarily malignancies. Bone pain can indicate an advanced state of the disease after there have been metastases to the bones. Other symptoms may include difficulty urinating.
History of Saw Palmetto:
Saw Palmetto is a fan palm that grows in thick groups in the southeastern portion of the United States. It has large leaf fans that can be up to two feet long. It is an old American tonic, dating to the Maya Indians or even further. The berries are dark brown and are harvested in late September. The berries have a rich tradition as a sexual stimulant and aphrodisiac. They are said to make infertile men fertile and increase breast size in women. Scientists have found steroidal precursors in saw palmetto berries, but these sitosterol are not absorbed well in the intestines. Even though saw palmetto would not improve your sex life to any great extent or give greater definition to your musculature, it has been shown to help men reduce their enlarged prostates. The ability of the berries to relieve the inflammation and pain of benign prostatic hypertrophy qualifies it as a sexual stimulant , relatively speaking, since the absence of pain is pleasure (smile).
It is also recommended in all wasting diseases because it has an effect upon all the glandular tissues. It is useful on all diseases of the reproductive glands. Aside from the berries working specifically on the enlarged prostate in reducing pain and inflammation, it also increases the bladder’s ability to contract and expel its contents. It is a specific in all formulas for male impotence, sterility and reproductive problems. Saw Palmetto is a urethra toning herb that increases blood flow to the sexual organs. The herb assist the thyroid to regulate sexual development, normalizing the activity of those glands and organs.
Typical Daily Usage:
Fresh Berry: 2-3 teaspoon
Dried Berry: 1-1.5 gm
Extract 1.5 gm dried berry, 8 ml alcohol, 7 ml water
Using fresh or dried leaves should be prepared as a decoction: It is generally used for thicker plant parts, such as bark, roots, seeds, or berries and you can find Saw Palmetto berries. This method involves a more vigorous extraction of the plant’s active ingredients than an infusion. Heat the herb in cold water and simmer for up to 1 hour (do not bring the herbs to a boil) allow them to steep Infusion is simply another term for tea. This is the easiest way to take herbal remedies. To make an infusion, you simply boil the water and add the leaves, allow to steep, strain and drink the tea. The standard quantity should be made fresh each day and is enough for 3 doses. Drink hot or cold. Tincture: Plant components that are either insoluble or only partially soluble in water and can be extracted with solvents such as alcohol or glycerol. The herb is soaked in the solvent for a period of time, then pressed to render the tincture. Tinctures can preserve extracted ingredients for twelve months or more. This is made by steeping the dried or fresh herb in a 25% mixture of alcohol and water. Any part of the plant may be used. Besides extracting the plant’s active ingredients, the alcohol acts as a preservative. Tinctures should be made from individual herbs. Commercial tinctures use ethyl alcohol, but diluted spirits are suitable for home use. Vodka is ideal, since it contains few additives, although rum helps to disguise the flavor of less palatable herb.
The nutritional value of the herb is: Calcium, Chromium, Iron, Magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, vitamin a & c, zinc.
So to all of the male readers out there, it would be a great idea to include Saw Palmetto tea into your daily regiment!