Overview of Pygeum
Scientific Name: Prunus africana
Pygeum is sometimes combined with saw palmetto to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
- Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)/Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS), pygeum alone and a combination of pygeum / lycopene / Cucurbita pepo / Epilobium parviflorum and pygeum / stinging nettle were effective [1-6]
Conflicting (Unclear):insufficient information
Limited Evidence:insufficient information
No Evidence:insufficient information
No Clinical Research:All other conditions.
- Side effects have not been studied.
- Use caution or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing pygeum.
There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing pygeum during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use.
- 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors
Pygeum is not a "drug", the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.
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