Saw Palmetto fruit health benefits have a long history supporting many health ailments and symptoms.
The WildLife Ecology and Conservation Department of Florida published a document in 1996 titled, Saw Palmetto: an Ecologically and Economically Important Native Palm.
The authors included a history of the medicinal value of the Saw Palmetto fruit. The report states that scientific literature in the US dates as far back as the 1800’s describing the use of tinctures of the fruit and the crushed seeds.
For decades commercialization of the medicinal fruit has lead to the creation of a pharmaceutical extract of Saw Palmetto called Permixon, which is successfully used to treat human benign prostatic hypertrophy. Research studies continue as many additional health benefits have been identified beyond prostate gland swelling which is the most known use.
Saw Palmetto has been found a positive support for treating a variety of women’s health issues, too. The following is a question presented to Dr. Leia on how Saw Palmetto might be used for thinning hair and hair loss, along with other women’s hormonal problems.
Saw Palmetto for Thinning Hair
Question for Dr. Leia: Can you please tell me if Saw Palmetto is safe to take for thinning hair?
I am 64 years old and my hair has been gradually thinning the past 15 years or so. Would this supplement effect my hormones? What dosage would be appropriate?
Could I also use a topical gel or oil of the saw palmetto on my scalp? Your answer would very much be appreciated.
Dr. Leia’s Answer: Saw Palmetto, also called Dwarf Palm or Serenoa repens, is an indigenous North American herb which has been historically used by Native Americans to treat reproductive, urinary, and genital problems, and also as an aphrodisiac.
In Europe, it is known by the name Sabal, and has been highly researched and recommended as a remedy for enlarged prostate. The berries of the Saw Palmetto plant are the source of the medicinal herbal extract preparations.
Along with it’s proven inhibitory effect upon the enlarged prostate gland, Saw Palmetto is used to treat bladder urgency and frequency, bladder inflammations, bronchitis, asthma, and coughs, because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
It is considered a phyto-hormone, or plant hormone, with estrogenic effects as well as decreasing the androgen or male hormones which either compete for receptor sites on the cells or inhibit the receptor cells.
In male pattern baldness, the conversion of testosterone into DHT or dihyrotestosterone is responsible for one type of hair loss in both men and women. However, if you have any endocrine gland deficiencies, specifically thyroid or adrenal, then preventing the conversion of DHT will not affect the hair loss.
It is important to rule out circulatory, thyroid, and adrenal insufficiency when treating female hair loss.
Since there are no known side effects from using Saw Palmetto, then you could give it a try for your problem. Conventional dosage is 320 mg. of the standardized herb per day, in divided doses of 160 mg. I don’t see why you could not used the topical gel or oil of Saw Palmetto if you wanted to try it, or even a tincture. Research has stated that saw palmetto has properties that reduce DHT, which is a hormone that has been found to contribute to male pattern baldness.
You could easily add Saw Palmetto Tincture, or the gel in a capsule of the extract and add to this simple to create natural hot oil treatment recipe created by Toria Betson for stimulating hair growth.
Susan Weed, a prominent herbalist, recommends using Saw Palmetto for menopausal problems, including hot flashes, and as an aid for vaginal lubrication after menopause. Since this herb also builds muscle, it is ideal for post menopausal women to help to tone the body and to give the body a sleek, firmer appearance.
It is also possible that it may stimulate breast enlargement and currently is used in many formulas for augmentation of the breasts. See the links listed below to learn more about Susan Weed and her work with women’s health problems using natural herbs.
Saw Palmetto Organic Hair Shampoo and Conditioner
You may also want to find haircare products already available on the market rather than make your own hot oil treatment. For instance, Avalon Organics offers quality organic hair products with Saw Palmetto designed to promote thick healthy hair. If you would prefer to purchase organic hair products designed to control hair loss while nourishing follicles give Avalon Organics a try.
To learn more, visit > Avalon Organics Hair Shampoo with Saw Palmetto
To learn more, visit > Avalon Organics Conditioner with Saw Palmetto