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This powerful herb boosts the immune and endocrine systems, combats male and female infertility and ovarian pain and cysts, urinary tract and lung problems, weak libido, increases appetite, cystic acne - and possibly slow down male baldness.
Not only does saw palmetto solve men's prostate problems, but women with urinary tract problems have been using it for decades. Saw palmetto berries in tablet or tincture form have an antiseptic effect on both men and women's urinary tracts.
In the first US study of its kind it was shown to shrink swollen prostate tissue, thereby relieving the frequent urge to urinate, difficulty urinating and the ability to empty the bladder completely.
It had no effect on testosterone levels, which suggests that it does not reduce sex drive. Diminished libido is a common side effect of certain drugs used to treat prostate enlargement. Saw palmetto has proven almost equal to prescription drugs for relieving the symptoms of BPH.
160 milligrams of saw palmetto, twice a day may reduce prostate irritation within 4 weeks. Proscar, a prescription drug often prescribed for BPH generally takes up to 4 months to work.
Saw palmetto berries contain fatty acids called sitosterols, a chemical similar to cholesterol, that help counteract prostate enlargement. Because it has hormone action, men and women with hormone disorders should consult a physician.
The berries are used as an expectorant, tonic, diuretic, and sedative. Not only does it have beneficial effects on the genitals, but also, on wasting diseases as it builds strength and increases flesh.
A tea is useful to reduce catarrh in the mucus membranes of the body.
The form in which you take saw palmetto is important. A water based preparation; such as tea, would give little or no benefit for BPH relief. Use an extract from a reputable herbal medicine company.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, saw palmetto supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Lauric acid, myristic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, phytosterols and polysaccharides.
Saw palmetto tree grows easily in sandy soil to about the height of 10 feet. It is generally grown as an ornamental in the southeast. It produces edible brown to black berries of which the herbal medicine is made of an extract.
Other herbs with astringent actions include black cohosh, cinnamon, coltsfoot, comfrey, eyebright, hawthorn, horsetail, meadowsweet, mullein, psyllium, red raspberry, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, and tea.
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