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March 03 2014

The Saw Palmetto plant (serenoa repens) has been a staple in traditional Native American medicine for thousands of years. Native American's have long ascribed Saw Palmetto healing properties, especially relating to urinary problems and problems with reproduction. It was also used to sterilize, or drank as a tonic for it's expectorant properties. It is often found in health food stores where it is sold as an extract, usually in powder or capsules, for oral consumption as a dietary supplement.

Many sufferers of acne have tried a variety of chemical and herbal remedies in the quest to rid themselves of blemishes. Saw Palmetto for acne treatment is a recent trend and though anecdotal, many users have reported good results. While there are many potential benefits from using Saw Palmetto to treat acne, every case of acne is different. The subtle differences in body chemistry between each person can render some treatments which work miracles for some completely inert for others.
Recently, this humble plant has become the focus of intensive scientific and medical research. Most research has gone into investigating evidence that Saw Palmetto can be useful in the treatment of BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, as well as a suggested herbal remedy for male pattern baldness. Doctors and scientists have also pursued inquires into the effects of the herb on our hormones and endocrine system. While the scientific jury is still out on most of these issues, Saw Palmetto has a very long history of use as a safe, herbal remedy for a variety of conditions.

Numerous helpful properties have been ascribed to the plant, many of which are quite potentially useful when considering Saw Palmetto for acne treatment. The plant is rich in polysaccharides, which can help boost the immune system and also work as an anti inflammatory agent. Both of these properties are useful in the treatment of acne, which has both a microbial component as well as an inflammatory component on active pimples.

Saw Palmetto has also been noted for its hormonal effects on the body. Ace can often be caused or exacerbated by hormonal imbalances within the body, which is why it so frequently accompanies major hormonal mile stones such as puberty, and can be effected by hormonal influences such as diet or stress. Saw Palmetto has been noted for it's potential as an effective herbal treatment for various hormonal imbalances. Cursory studies have shown that oral supplements of an extract of saw palmetto have shown some effectiveness in reducing acne in patients suffering with conditions caused by hormonal imbalances.

Along with Saw Palmetto and it's extract interest has been given to the isolated form of Saw Palmetto's active ingredient, beta-sitosterol. Though potentially effective, many cite the hormone-altering properties of beta-sitosterol as having the potential to cause sexual side effects such as reduction in sex drive, which are not as pronounced or nonexistent when using the herb itself or extract preparations. Preparations of beta-sitosterol or Saw Palmetto extract in a topical solution have also recently come to market for the treatment of acne, though these treatments have yet to be evaluated by the scientific community at large.

Taken orally around the ~150mg dosage range, Saw Palmetto is generally considered safe and has a fairly long history of human use data backing to pre-historical use by Native American tribes. However, it's potentially powerful effects on the endocrine system mean that women who are pregnant or nursing should not take it, and any patients who may be on medications, especially those that influence the endocrine system, should consult with their doctor before beginning a regiment of Saw Palmetto.

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