Saw Palmetto

Serenoa serrulata, Palmae. It is also known as sabal. The berries are the part of the plant used.

The berries are gathered in autumn to mid winter.

Functions of saw palmetto

Saw palmetto:

  • when used as a nourishing tonic it:
    • enhances digestion,
    • improves strength and vitality,
    • increases flesh and weight.
  • in the male reproductive system it is a remedy for:
    • testicular atrophy,
    • low libido,
    • impotence,
    • prostatic enlargement and
    • any inflammation of the reproductive tract.
  • in the female reproductive system it can be prescribed to:
    • relieve painful periods,
    • regulate the menstrual cycle,
    • relieve inflammatory conditions, such as salpingitis and ovarian pain.
  • in women it also increases:
    • sexual energy,
    • fertility and
    • milk flow in nursing mothers.
  • has an affinity for the urinary system and can be taken to relieve:
    • urinary infections,
    • fluid retention,
    • incontinence and
    • bed wetting.
  • relaxes the nervous system, soothing tension and anxiety.

Notes on saw palmetto

  • Before using this herb to treat an enlarged prostate consult your health professional for diagnosis and monitoring.


Decoction: put 1/2 - 1 teaspoonful of the berries in a cup of boiling water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 5 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day.

Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times per day.


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