Palmetto (Serenoa repens), native to the Southeastern section of
the United States, is a small palm tree with large red-black berries.
Native Americans used this herb as a food source, eating the berries
and palm hearts, and harvesting honey that bees produced from its
flowers. They also drew upon it as a remedy for a number of ailments,
particularly those connected with the prostate and the urinary system.
Recent studies have found Saw Palmetto to be quite effective in
reducing the swelling and discomfort of the prostate; thus it is
often considered to be a men's herb. However, it is also useful
as a remedy for urinary conditions in both men and women, and is
sometimes used as an expectorant to treat bronchitis, asthma and
colds. Because of its anti-hormonal effects, Saw Palmetto should
not be used by people taking oral contraceptives or who are involved
in hormone therapy. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant
John's wort is an amazing herb that assists in the amelioration
of anxiety and depression. It is reported that more than half of
depression, anxiety and sleep disorders in Germany and other parts
of Europe are treated effectively by it. Extensive research has
established the fact that it is a highly effective antidepressant.
St. John's wort can be purchased without a prescription because
it is classified as a food product (dietary supplement), and is
therefore available at a much lower price than a prescription drug.
An added bonus is that St John's wort very rarely produces side
effects, (only 2.4 percent of 3,250 depressed patients in a recent
study of the herb reported restlessness, gastrointestinal irritations
or mild allergic reactions) in comparison to prescription antidepressants
which are frequently known to produce insomnia, weight loss and/or
sexual dysfunction. The usual dosage of St. John's wort is 300 mg.
of the extract three times a day. It
should not be mixed with other anti-depressants, nor should it be
used if you are pregnant or lactating.
2010 - Lyn Hopkins