Asthma, Cancer, Chronic bronchitis, Common cold, Cough.
Male pattern hair growth in women (hirsutism), Insomnia, Migraine, Increasing sexual desire in healthy people, Sexual problems that prevent satisfaction during sexual activity, Prostate surgery (transurethral resection of the prostate or TURP), Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), Prostate Cancer
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This member of the Palmaceae/Arecaceae plant family is native to the southeastern part of the US and West Indies and was used by tribes such as the Mikasuki Seminoles for making baskets, rope, brushes, and other useful items as well as for a food and medicine source. It has been used for at least 150 years in North America as a complete genito-urinary tonic for men as well as for some conditions in Women.
Finley Ellingwood; M.D. wrote about these uses in his work called; The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy in 1919. It was also given a nod in King’s American Dispensatory written by a doctor (Harvey Wickes Felter) and a pharmacist (John Uri Lloyd) in 1898. They mention its use for various respiratory ailments as well including laryngitis..Saw palmetto is a tree. Its ripe fruit is used to make medicine.
Saw palmetto is most commonly used for decreasing symptoms of an enlarged prostate called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). But it doesn't seem to improve this condition. Saw palmetto is also used to prevent complications from prostate surgery and for treating other prostate conditions, male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), sexual dysfunction, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
How does it work?
Saw palmetto doesn't shrink the overall size of the prostate, but it seems to shrink the inner lining that puts pressure on the tubes that carry urine. Saw palmetto also might prevent testosterone from being converted to a more potent form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is thought that some types of hair loss are caused by increased sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT. Reduced levels of DHT may help prevent these types of hair loss.
Possible side effects include:
- Mild and may include dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea.
- There is some concern that saw palmetto might cause liver or pancreas problems in some people.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Saw palmetto is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It acts like a hormone, and this could be dangerous to the pregnancy. Don't use during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
- Surgery: Saw palmetto might slow blood clotting. There is some concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using saw palmetto at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
As with any herbal supplement, always check with your health care provider before taking astragalus root.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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