Saw palmetto is a plant. Its ripe fruit is used to make medicine.



  • Saw palmetto is best known for its use in decreasing symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH). According to many research studies, it is effective for this use.
  • Saw palmetto is used for treating certain types of prostate infections. It is also sometimes used, in combination with other herbs, to treat prostate cancer.

Other Uses:

  • Colds and coughs
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Migraine headache
  • To increase urine flow (as a diuretic)
  • Promote relaxation (as a sedative)
  • Enhance sexual drive (as an aphrodisiac).


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Expectorant
  • Mild diuretic
  • Sedative
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Increasing breast size
  • Improving sexual vigor
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Stimulating hair growth
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Irritated mucous membranes
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Migraines
  • Prostate cancer
  • Nutritive tonic
  • Relieving the symptoms of menstruation
  • Improving muscle tone and muscle building.


Before taking saw palmetto, tell your doctor if you: are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a hormone-sensitive cancer, like breast or prostate cancer, are using hormone-related drugs such as testosterone and estrogen replacements, are using Warfarin (Coumadin(R))

Other Names:

American Dwarf Palm Tree, Baies du Chou Palmiste, Baies du Palmier Scie, Cabbage Palm, Chou Palmiste, Ju-Zhong, Palma Enana Americana, Palmier de Floride, Palmier Nain, Palmier Nain Américain, Palmier Scie, Sabal, Sabal Fructus, Sabal serrulata, Saw Palmetto Berry, Serenoa repens, Serenoa serrulata.


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