|Definition:||Native to areas of Africa and Madagascar, this evergreen
tree has been traditionally used to make a tea for genitourinary
disorders. Today, standardized extracts of pygeum are used for
prostatic hyperplasia, or for BPH.|
|Applications:||Prostatitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostate
cancer, incontinence, dysuria, polyuria and nycturia.
|Scientific Updates:||The phytosterols contained in this herb have
anti-inflammatory properties which also inhibit the formation of
prostaglandins which are responsible for the swelling in the prostate
gland. One of these called betasitosterol has been shown to be helpful
in cases of BPH by helping to reduce elevated prostaglandin production.
The pentacyclic triterpenoids also work to block enzymatic activity
associated with inflammation and swelling in the prostate gland.|