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Saw Palmetto berry (Serenoa repens) *

Indicated in cases of benign prostatic hypertrophy and cystitis. As an adaptogen it is especially useful for older, depleted people. It strengthens kidney, lung and reproductive Qi.  Saw Palmetto is also used as a urinary antiseptic and demulcent, an expectorant and an immune tonic as well as a reproductive amphoteric for men and women.  

White Sage leaf (Salvia apiana)  *

An aromatic sage that is a carminative, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and powerful anti-oxidant. Used as a gargle it reduces pain and irritation caused by strep throat and internally it is used to reduce the pain and swelling of benign prostatic hyperplasia. White Sage reduces excessive secretions and can be used to stop excessive sweating, stop milk flow when weaning a child, and dry up bronchial mucous. 

Collinsonia fresh root, leaf and flower (C. canadensis) *

Indicated primarily for pelvic and venous congestion such as hemorrhoids, varicose veins, benign prostatic hypertrophy and chronic laryngitis. It is also used for urinary calculi, diverticulosis, colitis, mitral valve prolapse and chronic heart weakness (with Hawthorn and Night Blooming Cereus). 

Stinging Nettle root (Urtica dioica) *

Helps reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia in older men. Its mechanism of action is different than Saw Palmetto so the herbs are mutually beneficial and support each other in reducing frequent urination, incomplete emptying of the bladder, nocturia and urinary dribbling. 
Bibliography: Batchelder, Hobbs, Douillard, Winston, et. al.  Therapeutic Approaches to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, The Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, vol. 1, #3, 1996
Green, J.  The Male Herbal, The Crossing Press, 1991

Gruenwald, J.  PDR for Herbal Medicines, Medical Economics Co., 1998
Shulz, V., Hansel, R., Tyler, V.  Rational Phytotherapy, Springer, 1998

Winston, D.  Saw Palmetto - for Men and Women, Storey Pub., 1999 Additional information on the ingredients of Menís Prostate Tonic:

*Herbal Therapeutics Research Library

Author: David Winston (RH) AHG


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