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What Is Pygeum Used for Today?
Today, pygeum is primarily used as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) , or prostate enlargement. This use is supported by scientific evidence about as strong as that for the more famous natural BPH remedy, saw palmetto. However, saw palmetto is probably the better treatment to use. The pygeum tree has been so devastated by collection for use in medicine that some regard it as a threatened species. Saw palmetto is cultivated rather than collected in the wild.
Besides BPH, pygeum is also sometimes proposed for prostatitis, as well as impotence and male infertility; 1 however, there is little real evidence that it works for these conditions.
- Menchini-Fabris GF, Giorgi P, Andreini F, et al. New perspectives on the use of Pygeum Africanum in prostato-bladder pathology [in Italian]. Arch Ital Urol Nefrol Androl. 1988;60:313–322.