Saw Palmetto, which goes by the scientific name Serenoa Repens, is currently the
only species classified under the Serenoa genus. Aside from Palmetto and Saw Palmetto,
some cultures refer to this plant as Sabal.
As a therapeutic supplement, Saw Palmetto has been around since the early 20th century.
Back then, it was used as a moderate diuretic, as well as a remedy for a variety
of different ailments. Originally from North America, this member of the Arecaceae
Palm family can now be found in nearly all the tropical countries throughout the
Unlike most herbs out there, the only usable part of the Saw Palmetto plant is its
fruits. This herb produces yellow, green, and purple berries ? all of which can be
used for a variety of medicinal and therapeutic purposes.
Some herbal practitioners even claim that these berries can have an effect on a woman?s
breast in that it can make it larger. While this remains to be proven scientifically,
there are still a lot of females who use Saw Palmetto products for this very purpose.
Back in the 1950s a group of medical practitioners actually questioned the effectiveness
of Saw Palmetto as a component in a variety of herbal drugs. This instigated further
research on the plant species which eventually resulted in it being delisted from
the National Formulary?s medical ingredients list. Towards the start of the 21st
century, Saw Palmetto made its comeback and since then, it has continued to feature
in not a few herbal supplements all across the globe.
The Saw Palmetto plant?s comeback in the late 90s can be mainly attributed to its
effectiveness in promoting hair growth. Researchers realized that Saw Palmetto had
pretty much the same effect, if not better than that of Finasteride or Propecia which
happens to be one of the best cures for BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
As for its effects on breast enlargement, this theory probably came about because
of the plant?s ability to decrease the testosterone levels of users. Females who
have relatively small breasts may have excessive amounts of testosterone in their
bodies which may be lowered by the regular use of Saw Palmetto products.