Pygeum

Plant Part Used

Bark

Introduction

Pygeum grows mainly in Southern Africa, Madagascar and some areas of Central America. Its use as a tribal remedy dates back to ancient times when the powdered herb was added to milk for use in the treatment of bladder pains and related urinary disorders. A standardized extract is derived from the bark of pygeum plant.

Dosage Info

Dosage Range

100mg (standardized extract), 1-2 times a day.

Most Common Dosage

100mg (standardized extract) daily in divided doses.

Standardization

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The most current available medical and scientific literature indicates that this dietary supplement should be standardized to 12% phytosterols per dose.

Reported Uses

Pygeum is most commonly used to support healthy prostate function. More specifically, pygeum has been heavily researched for its possible role in treating benign prostate enlargement. One study suggested that pygeum could improve urinary flow and reduce inflammation in benign prostate enlargement. (1) Scientists think pygeum improves prostate functionality by promoting hormonal stimulation of the prostate. The end result of this complex interaction is often a reduction of inflammation often connected with benign prostate enlargement. One of the key active compounds in pygeum, oleanolic acid, may also stimulate an immune response that can prevent development of malignancy in those with benign prostate enlargement. (2)

Pygeum has also been used in conjunction with stinging nettle, another herb that may support prostate health, with positive results. (3)

Toxicities & Precautions

Introduction

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General

This dietary supplement is considered safe when used in accordance with proper dosing guidelines.

Pregnancy/ Breast Feeding

To date, the medical literature has not reported any adverse effects related to fetal development during pregnancy or to infants who are breast-fed. Yet little is known about the use of this dietary supplement while pregnant or breast-feeding. Therefore, it is recommended that you inform your healthcare practitioner of any dietary supplements you are using while pregnant or breast-feeding.

Age Limitations

To date, the medical literature has not reported any adverse effects specifically related to the use of this dietary supplement in children. Since young children may have undiagnosed allergies or medical conditions, this dietary supplement should not be used in children under 10 years of age unless recommended by a physician.

References

  1. View Abstract: Clavert A, et al. Effects of An Extract of the Bark of Pygeum africanum (V.1326) On Prostatic Secretions in the Rat and in Man. Ann Urol.(Paris). 1986;20(5):341-43.
  2. View Abstract: Dai Y, et al. Effects of Oleanolic Acid on Immune System and Type I Allergic Reaction. Chung Kuo Yao Li Hsueh Pao. Jul1989;10(4):381-84.
  3. View Abstract: Krzeski T, et al. Combined Extracts of Urtica dioica and Pygeum africanum in the Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Double-blind Comparison of Two Doses. Clin Ther. 1993;15(6):1011-20.