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Biological Name: Pygeum africanumPygeum

Other Names: Pygeum

Elements Applied: Bark is commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Active Components: According to chemical studies and pharmacological research, pygeum bark extract is characterized by three types of active components. Phytosterols, like beta-sitosterol, are responsible for relieving inflammations, due to their capacity to prevent the production of prostaglandins, which trigger inflammations when accumulating in prostate gland, thus causing benign prostatic hyperplasia. Pentacyclic terpenes are characterized their ability to prevent and treat congestions and edema. Finally, ferulic esters are responsible for decreasing the amount of hormone prolactin and preventing cholesterol accumulation in the prostate gland. Prolactin enhances testosterone absorption in the prostate, while cholesterol makes it easier for testosterone and its variety dihydrotestosterone to absorb.

History: Bark powder was made into tea to relieve urinary conditions. The bark was investigated in the labs to find the active components. After these researches fat soluble or lipophilic extract was produced. It is successfully applied in herbal medicine nowadays.

Used For: The herb is successfully applied to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Additional Info: Pygeum, an evergreen plant, is indigenous to the hilly areas of southern and central Africa. Its bark is commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Preparation and Intake: In Europe pygeum is used in form of a lipophilic extract, which is standardized to sterols (13%). The common dose prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia is 50-100 mg twice a day. Pygeum preparations should be controlled with regard to their effectiveness for a period of 6 to 9 months. When it comes to BPH therapy, medical control is an absolute must.

Safety: There are only rare reports concerning pygeum extract adverse effects. Scientific researches have revealed only mild digestive irritation in several participants.

There is no further data concerning the herb’s safety level. It is possible that the herb interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before using the remedy.