April 25, 2019
With more and more people searching for alternative medicine and Holistic therapies not just to treat
hair loss but also other symptoms. It’s no wonder we are seeing a cross over from Western
Medication to natural historic remedies such as essential oils like peppermint and the
subject of this blog Saw Palmetto.
The origins of Saw Palmetto are thought to derive from the native tribes of Florida. The tribes
would eat the berries produced from the plant. It is thought that as with most foods they ate.
They did so knowing that it had many health benefits and would eat it when they had certain
symptoms such as urinary and reproductive prostate problems. They also used it for
infertility, insomnia and indigestion to name a few.
It wasn’t until much later in the late 1800’s that it was introduced in to Western Medical
Practice to primarily treat enlarged prostate. However, studies have been inconclusive as to
the effects of the plant.
As the name may suggest, Saw Palmetto is a small palm tree found in Florida and parts of
other south eastern America. It has long, green, pointed leaves like the teeth of a saw again
as the name may suggest. Its branches produce small berries.
Saw palmetto and hair loss
Male hair loss is caused by an enzyme named Alpha 5 that attacks the testosterone. A by-
product of this is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is thought that the Saw Palmetto acts as a
barrier between the Alpha 5 enzymes and testosterone, protecting it from creating DHT. It is
a very similar process to that of the medical product Finasteride, brand name Propecia. This
is the reason people use the product for hair loss
As you may expect, Saw Palmetto is not on the top of the list when it comes to prescribing
by medical persons. We are seeing much more of people looking at alternative therapies.
With things like Cannabis Oils being regular in the news. It really has lifted the lid on what is
available on the market. People are now doing much more research in to the effects of what
we eat has on the body.
Saw Palmetto is available in many different forms. Capsules, tablets and even in herbal teas.
All remedies have the potential to have side effects. I’m sure you have seen the labels on
the side of a packet of paracetamol. Would you even take them if you seriously thought you
would suffer with one of these side effects? Probably not! The facts are that there is a very
small percentage chance that you will have a reaction. This is even less when you use
natural remedies such as Saw Palmetto.
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