Habitat & Cultivation : Pygeum is native to Africa. It is still harvested from the wild, but severe shortages have led to the establishment of plantations.
Part Used : Bark.
Constituents : Pygeum contains phytosterols (beta-sitosterol), triterpenes (ursolic and oleanolic acids), long chain alcohols (n-tetracosanol) and tannins.
Medicinal Actions & Uses : In France, the fat-soluble extract derived from pygeum bark has gained prominence as a primary treatment for an enlarged prostate gland in conventional medicine. A decoction of the bark is believed to lessen the severity of chronic prostate inflammation and may contribute to reversing male sterility caused by insufficient prostate secretions. Additionally, when combined with other botanicals, pygeum might offer value in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Research : Clinical trials conducted since the 1960s, particularly in France, have demonstrated the beneficial effects of pygeum extract on the prostate gland. The extract is known to enhance glandular secretions and lower cholesterol levels within the organ. While surgery is often the primary approach for enlarged prostates in some Western countries, in France, pygeum is prescribed in a significant majority of cases, around 81%.