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Pygeum is an herbal supplement known to cure Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or hypertrophy (BPH) and bladder infections.  The supplement derives its name from the African plum tree (Pygeum Africanum) commonly found in southern and central Africa. The bark of this tree is considered to have medicinal properties and has been used by African healers for generations spanning thousands of years. The traditional method used to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate causes this condition) included powdering the bark of the tree and using this powder for preparing tea which was consumed as a cure.

The demand for such easy and effective cure for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and bladder infections have led to a scarcity of the African plum tree and as a result the bark of the tree is also a scarce commodity. Pygeum is marketed as an extract of this bark and most clinical trials studying the efficacy of the product indicate improvements in benign prostatic hyperplasia or hypertrophy (BPH) symptoms. While this extract is commonly used in Europe it is lesser known in the U.S.
The herb saw palmetto or prescriptions drugs are more commonly used in U.S to treat such disorders.

There is sufficient scientific evidence to indicate the efficacy of this herbal supplement. Clinical trials indicate Pygeum moderately improves urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate or prostate inflammation. Pygeum contains three compounds that may help the prostate: pentacyclic triterpenoids( initiates a diuretic action) phytosterols, ( works as an anti-inflammatory) and ferulic esters ( reduces cholesterol deposits in prostate, a common feature with BPH)

Human studies report the efficacy of pygeum extracts to reduce the urge to urinate, pain associated with urination and frequency of urination among men experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. It is important to note that Pygeum does not reduce the size of the enlarged gland or rectify Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). The comparative analysis of Pygeum in comparison to other alternative therapies such as prescription drugs and other herbs such as saw palmetto are relatively unknown.

Pygeum has been approved in certain countries such as Germany, France, and Italy as a remedy for BPH. The approval of this remedy is based on controlled studies published over the past 25 years indicating that Pygeum is a safe and effective remedy for men with BPH of mild or moderate severity. The suggested intake of Pygeum is 50 to 100 mg of Pygeum extract, standardized to contain 13% total sterols and must be consumed twice per day. They are available in tablets, capsules and soft gel form.

Submitted on January 16, 2014