Saw Palmetto was used by ancient Native Americans in Florida; today it is a popular herb in the US and Europe.

Serenoa repensSaw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is also known by these common names: sabal palm, palmetto berry, American dwarf palm tree, cabbage palm.

Saw Palmetto berries were recognized by Native Americans and white settlers for their nutritional properties. Consumption of saw palmetto berries was believed to help in stimulating the appetite and increasing build-up of fat, flesh and strength. Today, Saw Palmetto is recommended for inflammation or enlargement of the prostate gland.

Saw Palmetto Plant Type:

Saw Palmetto is a slow growing palm indigenous to Florida and can grow to 6 to 8 feet tall. It is a drought tolerant, clump forming palm with thorny teeth on the end of fan-shaped leaves. The saw palmetto leaves are pointed very sharp as well as is the thorny trunk.

The palm produces dense clusters of single-seeded blue-black saw palmetto berries.

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Possible side effects of taking Saw Palmetto:

Like any other herbal remedy, there are possible side effects of Saw Palmetto. The most common are possible mild stomach pain and constipation; diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, including bad breath. There have also been reports by men taking Saw Palmetto of erectile dysfunction, breast tenderness or enlargement, and changes in sexual desire.

As with any occasion when one uses an herb outside of traditional medicine to treat a condition, it would be prudent to consider medical supervision before using Saw Palmetto.