- What is pygeum (Pygeum africanum), and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What are the side effects of pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
- What is the dosage for pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
- Is pygeum (Pygeum africanum) safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
What is pygeum (Pygeum africanum), and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Prunus africanum is a natural herbal supplement. Prunus africanum contains triterpenes, ferulic acid and phytosterols. Ferulic acid lowers prostatic cholesterol levels and phytosterols block prostaglandin synthesis, leading to reduced pain and inflammation. Triterpenes also blocks enzymes responsible for destruction of connective tissues, leading to possible improvement in symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Check with your health care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.
What brand names are available for pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
Is pygeum (Pygeum africanum) available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
What are the side effects of pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
What is the dosage for pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
The recommended dose of Prunus africanum by suppliers is 75 to 200 mg per day. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Prunus africanum compounds.
Which drugs or supplements interact with pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
Is pygeum (Pygeum africanum) safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
What else should I know about pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?
What preparations of pygeum (Pygeum africanum) are available?
Prunus africanum is available in capsules, liquid extract, and powder form. Concentration of Prunus africanum may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.
How should I keep pygeum (Pygeum africanum) stored?
Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Prunus africanum, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturers practices. One commercial product requires storage in a cool dry place.
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Pygeum (Pygeum africanum) is an herb used for symptom improvement of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) like urinary problems, difficult urination, and prostate inflammation. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, storage, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed and discussed with your health care professional prior to using this herbal supplement.
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Enlarged Prostate (BPH, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
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There are many types of urinary incontinence (UI), which is the accidental leakage of urine. These types include stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and overflow incontinence. Urinary incontinence in men may be caused by prostate or nerve problems. Treatment depends upon the type and severity of the UI and the patient's lifestyle.
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