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What You Must Know About Saw Palmetto as a Herbal Treatment for Prostate Disease

Updated on December 13, 2009
Saw Palmetto Stands at Over 10 Feet
Saw Palmetto Stands at Over 10 Feet

Saw Palmetto as the Herbal Treatment for Prostate Disease

What is Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is one of the most widely used herbs. It is used for symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia. The plant has many names including Sabal serrulata and sabal. Its proper scientific name is Serenoa repens. The plant stands an average height of ten to twenty feet when fully grown. It is a palm with fan-shaped configuration and saw-teethed leaves. It grows in the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. 


The Active Ingredients in Saw Palmetto

For almost half a century it has been used in Europe for symptoms related to the aging prostate gland (a disease called benign prostatic hyperplasia). It is now considered a standard first line treatment in the European continent. Its use outside Europe is rapidly increasing and its popularity has lately spread to North America, Australia and even Asia. When used as a herbal medicine, an extract is made of the berries of the plant. This extract is rich in sterols and fatty acids. Sterols are molecules similar in structure to the notorious cholesterol and hormones derived from cholesterol. Fatty acids are usuallly found in meats and some plant.  They are the active biochemical components in the extract. The use and effects of Saw Palmetto for benign prostatic hyperplasia has been studied for years in patients as well as in the laboratory. There is abundant evidence about its efficacy as a medicinal herb, as well as some initial scientific information regarding the biochemical mechanisms by which it works.


The Europeans' Favorite Prostate Treatment

In Europe, and notably in Germany, herbal remedies are often preferred to pharmaceutical preparations. Even though the same cannot be said in the other continents, there has been a established trend towards using herbal medicine to treat mild prostate symptoms. The herb’s relative lack of side effects has contributed to this rising popularity. 


Beware of Wrong Diagnosis

Even though the herb can be purchased over the counter or at health supplement stores, a firm diagnosis of benign prostatic hyperplasia by a medical practitioner should be made before a patient starts to treat himself. This is because the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and other more serious urological conditions including bladder cancer, bladder stone and cystitis, exhibit considerable overlap. Misdiagnosis and delay in treatment of the latter conditions can lead to diastrous consequences.


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      xunlei 7 years ago

      it is great ,

      I like,

      I will keep your post!

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi xunlei

      thanks for commenting.

      good to see you.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Hi Benson, Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi quicksand,

      good to see you.

      Merry Christmas,

      Happy Always.

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      James Brown 7 years ago from United States of America

      Benson Yeung - this is great information. Does taking Saw Palmetto really shrink or stabalize an enlarged prostate?

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi jxb7076,

      according to herbalists, it stops the prostate growing in some patients and even shrinks it in a small proportion of users.

      regards,

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      James Brown 7 years ago from United States of America

      Benson Yeung - thanks for the followup!

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      jxb7076,

      you're welcome.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      once again excellent writing. Very interesting.

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi Rebecca E,

      thanks for reading and the generous comment.

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Tenerife

      I take Saw Palmetto! Great hub, Benson!

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Tenerife Islander,

      thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I am into natural healing. Saw Palmetto indeed is a popular one. Can women use this too? Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Teresa Laurente,

      I'm only familiar with saw palmetto in the treatment of prostate diseases. Hence, I don't think I can comment on its use in women.

      Sorry.

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      herbal prostate treatment 7 years ago

      In the current time, prostate treatment is available in various forms like surgical treatment, non-surgical treatment, medication and herbal treatment. However, treatment for an enlarged prostate is determined by the severity of your symptoms. Men’s health concerns change as they grow old. According to statistics, over 60% of men in their 40s or older are undergoing prostate problems. But even though the first prostate symptoms might be considered not dangerous, but rather just a little causing bothers, anticipating care might be more than effective. For many men, with mild herbal prostate treatment, easy solutions such as decreasing the intake of caffeine and alcohol can help. But for many these simple treatments are just NOT enough, but other alternative such as prescription medications and herbal or natural remedies should be considered. Prostate remedies are categorized into two sections- One is for the health of the prostate and the other for treating cancerous prostate, prostatis and other respective diseases of the gland. The first category of medicines claim of having natural ingredients that keep the health of the prostate intact so that once a man reaches the stage of 45 or above, he doesn’t face any problems like prostatis or other diseases like cancer. The medicines claim to have natural ingredients that help in building the prostate gland stronger to resist infections and other ailments.

      http://www.energyprostatemedication.com/resource

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi herbal prostate treatment,

      thanks for sharing.

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      Sean H 5 years ago

      I take a saw palmetto supplement, Prostate Secure, that seems to work ok. Many of the saw palmetto supplements I found did not have much saw palmetto inside.

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi Sean H,

      thanks for commenting and sharing.

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      mystique 5 years ago

      is there a saw palmetto for women?

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      mystique 5 years ago

      is there saw palmetto for women's acne? every saw palmetto that I saw is for men.

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi mystique,

      some advocate the use of saw palmetto in women for hair loss. I don't see why we should ask for so much in a simple good-natured plant.

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      V.M.Ali 5 years ago

      I have several trees growing on my property in the Caribbean.

      Can it be used directly from the trees.

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi V.M.Ali,

      probably not, as you need quite a bit of this daily.

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