Pygeum is the name for extracts, teas, and supplements that come from the bark of a tree native to Africa called Prunus africana.
Pygeum contains chemicals that help shrink the prostate in males with enlarged prostates. This might relieve urinary problems such as poor urine flow and nighttime urination.
People most commonly use pygeum for treating symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH). It is also used for fever, malaria, kidney disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  Most clinical research shows that taking oral pygeum reduces the frequency and severity of BPH symptoms in adults. However, it is unclear how pygeum compares with the standard prescription medications.
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When taken by mouth: Pygeum is likely safe for most people. Doses of 75-200 mg daily have been used safely for up to 12 months.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if pygeum is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
It is not known if Pygeum interacts with any medicines. Before taking Pygeum, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
Pygeum has most often been used by adults in doses of 75-200 mg by mouth daily for up to 12 months. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.
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