This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Sabal, Saw Palmetto. This is a sedative to genito-urinary irritation, and is a nutritive tonic with mild, aphrodisiac properties. It influences all mucous membranes more or less, but more particularly the membrano-prostatic portion of the urethra. It is prescribed in enlarged prostate, epididymitis, impotence, sexual neurasthenia, enuresis, chronic gonorrhea, tender ovaries and breasts, and chronic bronchitis. (F.e., 10 to 30 I.)
This is a valuable remedy, now official, but the wonderful claims made for it in permanently curing the enlarged prostate of old men and increasing the female breast are not borne out. If used for a long time it is of some value in these directions. Small doses are not effective.