Possible benefits of saw palmetto include increased sexual drive, natural sedation and healthy urine flow, according to WebMD. Saw palmetto may also treat sore throat, coughs, asthma, bronchitis and pelvic pain. The supplement may also alleviate infections associated with prostate cancer when used in conjunction with other herbs. Mother Earth Living adds that saw palmetto boosts hormone production in both genders and may relieve pelvic complications in women.
WebMD notes that saw palmetto enhances urination flow by shrinking the lining of the prostate that presses against urinary tubes. It also shrinks symptoms caused by enlarged prostates, otherwise known as benign prostatic hypertrophy, a problem that can block the urethra and cause urination problems.
Mother Earth Living mentions that the herb has been documented as far back as the 1800s, treating such ailments as bladder and testicular problems. Studies also indicate that saw palmetto enhances testosterone and progesterone, a hormone found in both genders. Saw palmetto may also relieve uterine and ovarian problems in women. The supplement can help women with menstrual cramps, and it also acts as a superior anti-inflammatory agent for women who suffer from symptoms associated with PMS. A study from Argentina notes that saw palmetto treats pelvic congestive syndrome when used with pygeum, an herb that derives from an evergreen tree from Africa. Pelvic congestive syndrome is a condition that affects the female reproductive system, and it can cause such symptoms as painful intercourse and bloating.