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Pygeum is a tree. The bark is used as medicine. 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.
Pygeum herb is derived from the bark of the special evergreen tree called Prunus africana that grows in mountainous regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. The herb might have been known among natives of southern Africahaving used it to support the bladder and urinary tract as early as the 1700s.
The botanical term Pygeum, of Greek origin, means buttock, mostly because of the rounded shape of the fruit. Researchers have discovered a few key phytochemical constituents (phytosterols, triterpenes, and ferulic esters, just to name a few) inherent to Pygeum that are believed to produce the majority of its therapeutic benefits.
Pygeum africanum bark extract has been used for thousands of years to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH. BPH is a condition where the prostate gland is enlarged and sufferers experience symptoms of frequent and painful urination. Medline Plus recommends consulting a health care provider before treating yourself with pygeum or any other herbal remedy. Today, pygeum is commonly used in Europe to reduce symptoms of BPH with few unwanted side effects.