- What other names is Pygeum known by?
- What is Pygeum?
- How does Pygeum work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Pygeum.
Pygeum is used for treating symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) and prostate cancer. It is also used for inflammation, kidney disease, urinary problems, malaria, stomachache, fever, and to increase sexual desire.
Likely Effective for...
- Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Taking pygeum by mouth reduces symptoms of BPH such as low urine flow. However, taking a combination of pygeum and stinging nettle does not appear to improve symptom of BPH.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Kidney disease.
- Sexual performance problems.
- Other conditions.
Quick GuideEnlarged Prostate (BPH) Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment
nausea and abdominal pain.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking pygeum if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- For symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), 75-200 mg standardized lipophilic extract (14% triterpenes, 0.5% n-docosanol) of pygeum per day.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011