Most herbal medicines are best taken as tea. Taking a sip of hot herb in liquid form is therapeutic, since it cuts the time for regular pills to break down and dissolve after being taken. Saw palmetto tea guarantees to contain all the supposed medicinal contents of saw palmetto berries, and therefore the user could benefit from all its nutrients.
Through the centuries, saw palmetto berries have been widely known in North America to provide a cure to a number of illnesses and conditions. Other than its use as edible fruit, the berries were crushed and ingested as powder or extract and drunk as tea or a potent drink to treat urinary and reproductive system problems. They were also taken as expectorants, antiseptics or tonics.
Through the years, saw palmetto tea was found to be a cure-all tonic for intestinal problems, cold, fever, breathing problems and others, and it also served as an aphrodisiac.
Today, modern studies agree that it is an effective remedy against swollen prostate. The swelling of the prostate, clinically referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), affects older men beginning from age 40. The prostate is located below the urethra and bladder, and so once swollen, it creates a ton of urination problems.
This is a debilitating condition, but thanks definitely goes to saw palmetto for providing some sort of soothing comfort. It has been used widely for 20 years now in Europe to reduce prostate swelling. Research studies prove that saw palmetto can significantly wipe away BPH symptoms and could potentially cure prostate cancer. Research conducted by the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts exposed prostate cancer cells to various concentrations of saw palmetto berry extract. It was discovered that about a fifth of the berry extract decreased the growth of the prostate cancer cells. This is good news. It is hoped that, with further studies, the saw palmetto tea could be found to do more than what it is already accomplishing today.
So what exactly are the benefits from saw palmetto tea?
Other than the already mentioned prostate problems, the tea was found to gently induce urination to flush out toxins, stop stubborn coughing, and soothe a variety of digestive problems.
Saw palmetto tea bags and packages are available at health food stores and online. Simply dunk a bag in boiling water and steep for about 3 minutes. If you wish to make your own tea from real berries in order not to lose precious organic contents, it is quite easy to do so.
Store fresh or dried saw palmetto berries in cold water. Fill ¼ cup with the berries and add 2 cups of boiling water or heat to boil over slow fire. Stir, cover and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove from fire and cool for a whole day. Stir with honey or vanilla to sweeten as preferred. Strain the liquid into a cup and voila: your very own saw palmetto tea. Throw the berries away so that they are used only once.