sabal serrulata

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sabal serrulata
Other Names:

Palmerita, Palmito Sierra, Serenoa.

Family: Arecaceae (Palmae)

Place of origin: Native America.

Etymology: Serenoa, dedicated to American botanist Sereno Watson (1826 - 1892) Repens, Latin, it means trailing, alluding to their trunks.

Used Part.

The fruits.

Active Principles.

Sterols: beta - sitosterol, cicloartenol, stigmasterol, capestrol. Traces of essential oil. Long - chain aliphatic alcohols.

Description: Palmera of multiple trunks, very short or underground, upright or crawling, coated fibers, which form colonies. Sheets palms, very divided, with rigid segments green, or sometimes bluish - green, yellow or even green - white - silver; petioles with small spines. Inflorescence born in the leaves with white flowers. Something pear fruit, up to 2. 5 cm. length of bluish tint.

Data Cropping is multiplied by seeds. Palmerita resistant to the proximity of the sea, saline soils and low luminosity. Sensitive to cold. Forms with bluish - green leaflets are the most ornamental.

The fruits of this small American palm are datilillos that are consumed from yesteryear in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and other states of south - eastern North America. It seems that the ancient indigenous people already knew their medicinal properties, and even used as aphrodisiacs. Have been recently discovered active ingredients in them very interesting, and currently entering the composition of various pharmaceutical preparations.

Habitat: sand dunes and coastal regions of south - eastern United States, primarily in Florida. It is also found in some regions of Central America.

Description: palm tree about 3 meters from the family of Palmáceas, with ivory - colored flowers. Its fruits are a drupe of about 2 cms. in length, which when ripe acquire brown or blackish, with wrinkled skin.

Properties and indications: the lipid extract that is obtained from the fruits, after half dissolving in fat, contains various phytosterols, especially beta - sitosterol, an alcohol triterpenic (cicloartenol) aliphatic fatty alcohols and high molecular weight, all of them anti - inflammatory action on the prostate. Its mechanism of action of hormonal type, preventing the proliferation of androgens on the prostate tissue.

Prostate: the use of the Sabal is very useful in cases of hypertrophy or prostate adenoma. Stops the growth of the gland and reduces the inconvenience of urinary own prostate syndrome: dysuria (difficulty with urination) frequency (the need to urinate often) and bladder tenesmus (permanent feeling of desire to urinate) Is also indicated in cases of prostatitis, both acute and chronic.

Diuretic: in addition to their properties in the treatment of Benign Prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) favors this plant so soft diuresis. It is slightly pectoral.

Use: fresh fruit is ripe can consume 50 to 100 grams a day. Cooked fruits are taken from 50 to 100 grams a day. Also in extracts that are part of the composition of various pharmaceutical preparations.

Drug Action.

Anti - inflammatory, regenerative epithelial prostate, stimulating its secretory function, antiandrogenic (inhibits 5 - alpha - reductase) Peris et al. 1995)


Prostatitis, benign prostate adenoma and manifestations associated urinary tract.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Infusion: dessert spoon for each cup, two cups a day.

Excerpt lipid - sterolic: 400 to 800 mg / day, in two shots.


Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M. Dans la Plantes Les Thérapeutiques Moderne. 2. Paris: Maloine, 1986, pp. 391.

Bruneton, J. Elements of Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy. Zaragoza: Acribia, 1991, pp. 84 - 5.

Peris, JB; Stübing, G; Vanaclocha, B. Applied Fitoterapia. Valencia: M. I. Official College of Pharmacists, 1995, pp. 450 - 1.

Van Hellemont, J. Compendium of Phytothérapie. Bruxelles: Association Pharmaceutique Belge, 1986, p. 356.

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