Sabal, or creeping serenoya

Parts Used: Fruit.

Pharmacy name: Sabal fruits – Sabalis serrulati fructus (formerly: Fructus Sabalis senrulati).

Botanical description. The original form of this plant is a dwarf palm, which is native to the coast of the southern states of the United States. Sabal has a creeping rhizome, fan-shaped leaves with sharp-serrated edges and spiny petioles. Small flowers are collected in a densely pubescent cob. “Berries” – one-seeded drupes – have a dark brown color, smooth, sometimes oily in appearance.

Collection and preparation. Ripe fruits, about the size of an olive and dark red to brown in color, are harvested and either dried or processed fresh into medicine.

active substances. Like all seeds and fruits, these berries contain fatty oil in abundance. Along with it, there are essential oils, carotene, flavones, enzymes, tannins, sugar and sitosterol.

Healing action and application. Fruits or seeds are not directly used, but galenic products (extracts from fruits) are very often used to treat diseases of the bladder and prostate, with urinary retention, impotence, with all kinds of inflammation of the uterus and underdevelopment of the mammary glands. In any case, the use and dosage of sabal products should be based on the doctor’s instructions.

Use in homeopathy. The scope of the homeopathic remedy Sabal serrulate coincides with that in official medicine. It is used both in the form of the original tincture and in dilutions D 1 -D 1 . Side effects are unknown.

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