Pygeum Benefits for Prostate Health: BPH Treatment and Prostate Cancer Prevention

Do you have symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)? An effective BPH treatment, pygeum benefits prostate health and might even help protect against prostate cancer.

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Bark from the plant Pygeum africanum, an African plum tree, has been used to successfully treat prostate disorders since 1969.

As men age, the prostate gland often becomes enlarged. If you have symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), you are likely tired of the unpleasant symptoms caused by the condition. These include increased urgency, frequency, and hesitancy of urination, as well as reduced urinary flow rate, incomplete emptying of the bladder, and the need to get up to urinate during the night.[1]

While drug treatment can cause even more discomfort, natural BPH treatment options, like pygeum, can help reduce symptoms and protect against prostate cancer safely and without side effects. Consider taking advantage of these pygeum benefits by adding it to your daily dietary supplement regime.

Side Effects of Drug Treatment

Alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors are the most common drug treatments for BPH. However, there are many adverse reactions to these medications, including dizziness, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, depression, and more.[2] Because of these risks, finding effective, natural BPH treatment options is essential.

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Pygeum Benefits For Prostate Health

Bark from the plant Pygeum africanum, an African plum tree, has been used to successfully treat prostate disorders since 1969. Active ingredients found in pygeum include fatty acids, flavanoids, and β-sitosterol.[3] Pygeum is thought to fight BPH in numerous ways: it inhibits 5-alpha reductase (just as conventional drug treatments do), it has anti-inflammatory capabilities, it inhibits proliferation of cells that contribute to prostate enlargement, and more.[4,5]

A 2002 study found that physicians were more than twice as likely to report overall improvement in BPH symptoms for patients taking pygeum compared to those taking placebo. In addition, the study found that pygeum could reduce the need to get up during the night to urinate by 19% and increase peak urine flow by 23%.[4]

More recent animal and laboratory studies have investigated the effects of pygeum on prostate cancer. Researchers conclude that pygeum “might be able to play a significant role in regulation of prostate cancer . . . [and] may be of dual benefit to men who are high risk of developing either BPH or prostate cancer.”[3]

Taking Pygeum For BPH Treatment

Most studies find significant improvements in BPH symptoms with 100 to 200 mg per day, which is the recommended dose. Pygeum is well tolerated and safe, with no major side effects.[4,5] Look for pygeum bark extract in a high quality supplement.

Other natural supplements that promote prostate health include saw palmetto, equol, and flax seed.

Share Your Experience

Have you ever tried pygeum? Do you think that pygeum benefits your BPH symptoms? What other natural treatments for BPH have you tried?

This post originally appeared in 2015 and has been updated.


[1] Urol Res. 2000 Jun;28(3):201-9.

[2] Maturitas. 2012 Nov;73(3):180-5.

[3] Endocrine. 2007 Feb;31(1):72-81

[4] Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(1):CD001044.

[5] Phytother Res. 2014 Jul;28(7):949-55.

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  • Andrew

    Chelsea, I’ve been concerned about prostate health for several years so I started taking a pygeum supplement, and I am happy to say that I don’t have to get up at night to go to the bathroom on most nights. That’s worth a whole lot in getting a good nights sleep. And to hear that it does this while protecting against prostate cancer is icing on the cake. I also use lycopene and stinging nettle, and I believe they work together with pygeum to be even more effective.

  • Kelley B.

    How would one make the change from taking flomax to taking pygeum?

  • Kelley,
    This is something you would need to discuss with your doctor. They should be able to help you determine whether or not you can discontinue your medication and try natural alternatives such as pygeum to control symptoms instead. Always consult with your doctor before stopping any prescription medications.

  • I never took pygeum in my life but I took saw palmetto combined with pumpkin seeds, zinc vitamin B6 and other herbs. I used to take each of them everyday until I found online this supplement called Alpha Rise,I took them for 6 months and it worked like a charm, it helped me a lot that I no longer woke up at night to pee like before, i dont feel the pain while peeing anymore . I combined it with a better alimentation. Let me know if it works for you!

  • wirdzelee n.

    from advantages of this pygeum bark iam a cameroonian in live in this area where this plant growth is supported and unfortunate the plant need serious rehabilitation as the indigenus people because of ignorance had havested it very badly as the result the plant is in dengered we look forward to plant abou 15000 of this plant and following world wide life for nature strategy for reaforestation so this project need about 15000000frs cfa and equally need a sponsor this project given that funds are already available state at august this year when we have rain. we how ever look forward to getting a sponsor . this project we be in bui division of the north west region of cameroon.
    best regards.

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