Can one small palm tree found in Florida be the answer to many patients’ incontinence problems? This small tree has large leaves and bears dark red berries about the size of an olive. It’s called Saw Palmetto. This is a popular choice for treating many medical problems and ailments including penile dysfunction, certain male performance issues and incontinence.
Saw Palmetto has always been considered a sexual rejuvenator and medical research shows the herb does act on the sexual organs. Herbalists have long used saw palmetto to treat impotence. It is also helpful in treating prostate problems in men also. Many men over 50 have prostate enlargement and trouble with urination and bladder control because of swollen prostate glands. Saw palmetto is especially effective in men with incontinence problems because it inhibits one of the forms of testosterone that stimulates cell reproduction in the prostate gland. It keeps testosterone from binding and stimulating these prostate cell that cause prostate enlargement. Prostate enlargement in men causes them to go to the toilet more often, have the urge to go, then cannot go, and cause them to go more frequently than normal.
Women may also benefit from saw palmetto because research shows that the herb strengthens the urinary organs and is also recommended for treatment and prevention of kidney stones. Treating and strengthening urinary organs after menopause can help control urinary incontinence for women.
Saw palmetto has been studied as a possible substitute for steroids for athletes that want to increase their muscle mass. There is some documentation that supports this finding and claim. Saw palmetto does affect testosterone levels and that is responsible for promoting muscle mass.
Scientists and researchers have proven saw palmetto to be effective in treating prostate and urinary problems in men. Research has proven to stabilize and effectively treat prostate and urinary incontinence in men who have used this herb. Quality of life improved and prostate size reduced after treatment. Saw palmetto has been found effective in cases of wasting tissue, weakness, weight loss, and chronic emaciating disease. This herb may also be helpful in improving digestion and absorption of fluids that also affect urinary and fecal incontinence.
There are some potentially dangerous side effects of using saw palmetto. Before you start any alternative treatment with an herb or any other product contact your doctor. The doctor should be able to tell you if there could be a problem with interaction with any prescribed medicines, or if it will affect existing diseases or other medical conditions.
If other methods of treating urinary incontinence have failed to work, you may want to consider saw palmetto as an alternative medicine. Eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of physical exercise, and getting the proper nutrients can play a big role in controlling urinary and fecal incontinence. It is important for a patient suffering from urinary and fecal incontinence to know that in most cases, incontinence can be eased and often erased! Do not let embarrassment keep you from enjoying your life to the fullest, contact your doctor today about your urinary or fecal incontinence proble