Magickal uses include healing protection, exorcism, passion and spiritual openings.
Also Called: Dwarf Palm Tree, Cabbage Palm, Sabal, Sabal Serrulata
Saw palmetto berries are a tonic herb that is used in the treatment of debility, urinary tract problems and for reducing enlarged prostate glands.
The partially dried ripe fruit is aphrodisiac, urinary antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, sedative and tonic.
It is taken internally in the treatment of impotence, debility in elderly men, prostate enlargement and inflammation, bronchial complaints associated with coldness, and wasting diseases.
Saw palmetto is one of the few Western herbs that are considered to be anabolic (strengthening and building body tissue and encouraging weight gain).
The fruit pulp, or a tincture, is given to those suffering from wasting disease, general debility and failure to thrive.
The fruit also has a beneficial effect on the urinary system, helping to reduce the size of an enlarged prostate gland and strengthening the neck of the bladder.
The fruit has a probable oestrogenic action, it is prescribed in the treatment of impotence, reduced or absent sex drive and testicular atrophy in men and to stimulate breast enlargement in women.
The fruit is also used in the treatment of colds, coughs, irritated mucous membranes, asthma etc.
A suppository of the powdered fruits, in cocoa butter, has been used as a uterine and vaginal tonic.