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What is saw palmetto?

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Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is a palm that grows in the Southern coastal regions of the United States. It is about 2 to 4 feet high. Its leaves are fan-shaped and sharp, and it makes a lot of berries.

These fruits have a long history of use as medicine. Some Native Americans used them to help with urinary problems in men.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Saw Palmetto: Background.”

Winchester Hospital (Massachusetts): “Health Library: Saw Palmetto.”

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "About Herbs: Saw Palmetto." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Herbs at a Glance: Saw Palmetto." : "Saw Palmetto." “A Prospective, 1-Year Trial Using Saw Palmetto Versus Finasteride in the Treatment of Category III Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.” The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative MedicineNatural Standard Patient MonographThe Journal of Urology:







Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Saw Palmetto: Background.”

Winchester Hospital (Massachusetts): “Health Library: Saw Palmetto.”

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "About Herbs: Saw Palmetto." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Herbs at a Glance: Saw Palmetto." : "Saw Palmetto." “A Prospective, 1-Year Trial Using Saw Palmetto Versus Finasteride in the Treatment of Category III Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.” The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative MedicineNatural Standard Patient MonographThe Journal of Urology:







Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 18, 2018

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