June 30, 2016

Pygeum

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What other names is Pygeum known by?

African Plum Tree, African Prune, African Pygeum, Amande Amère, Ciruelo Africano, Prunier d'Afrique, Prunus africana, Pygeum africanum, Pygeum Africanus.

What is Pygeum?

Pygeum is a tree. The bark is used as medicine.

Pygeum is used for treating symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) and prostate cancer. It is also used for inflammation, kidney disease, urinary problems, malaria, stomachache, fever, and to increase sexual desire.

Likely Effective for...

  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Taking pygeum by mouth reduces symptoms of BPH such as low urine flow. However, taking a combination of pygeum and stinging nettle does not appear to improve symptom of BPH.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Inflammation.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Malaria.
  • Stomachache.
  • Fever.
  • Sexual performance problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pygeum for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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