The Seminole Tribe of Florida proudly declares itself as the only Indian tribe to have never signed a peace treaty with the American government; But It is not the only accomplishment that the tribe is proud of. One accomplishment has nothing to do with war or fiscal success, but an alternative treatment that can help millions of American people.

An article in Vegetarian Times claims more than 50 percent of American men will contract benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostrate enlargement at some time during their lives. Prostrate enlargement is a non-lethal condition in which prostrate glands swell to between two and three times their normal size, resulting in a reduction in the flow and force of urine excretion. This reduction is force and flow creates an urge in men diagnosed with BPH whom have to urinate as much as six times during night. The Seminoles have been using an herb for thousands of years, and it may hold the promise to cure BPH.

Herbalists count saw palmetto as one of the “big three” cures for BPH, The other two being stringing nettles and pygeum. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is funding studies that investigate the effects of this shrubby southeastern plant on BPH.

Other studies conducted so far have produced mixed results. While some researchers have found that saw palmetto reduces frequency of urination at night, others have failed to notice detectable effects.

Investigations into the health effects of saw palmetto are not limited to BPH. Researchers are increasingly experimenting using the herb to cure other bladder disorders, hormone imbalances, chronic pelvic pain, and prostrate cancer. There is some evidence that this plant helps individuals diagnosed with hair loss, diabetes, bronchitis, migraine, and decreased sex drive.
Saw Palmetto can be added into multiple delivery forms such as tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and powder.

America spent $34 billion (2009) a year on alternative medicine - This shows an increase of 25 percent since the last decade! This number is poised to increase if NCCAM and other studies arise with more sufficient scientific evidence to support the health benefits of this traditional Seminole herb.