Parts Used & Where Grown
Pygeum is an evergreen tree found in the higher elevations of central and southern Africa. The bark is used medicinally. Wild pygeum is environmentally threatened and efforts are being made to grow pygeum on plantations and control harvesting in the wild.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
|50 to 100 mg of an herbal extract standardized to contain 13% total sterols twice per day||[2 stars] |
Safe and effective for men with mild to moderate BPH, pygeum contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory activity and help rid the prostate of any cholesterol deposits.
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] |
In a preliminary trial, men with chronic prostatitis who were given pygeum extract saw improvement of symptoms and laboratory evaluation of the prostate and urinary tract.
Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
The powdered bark was used as a tea for relief of urinary disorders in African herbal medicine. European scientists were so impressed with reports of pygeum’s actions, they began laboratory investigations into the active constituents in the bark. This led to the development of the modern lipophilic (fat-soluble) extract used today.
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