What is pygeum (Pygeum africanum), and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Prunus africanum is a natural herbal supplement. Prunus africanum contains triterpenes, ferulic acid and phytosterols. Ferulic acid lowers prostatic cholesterol levels and phytosterols block prostaglandin synthesis, leading to reduced pain and inflammation. Triterpenes also blocks enzymes responsible for destruction of connective tissues, leading to possible improvement in symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Check with your health care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.

What brand names are available for pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?

Prunus africanum

Is pygeum (Pygeum africanum) available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?


Is pygeum (Pygeum africanum) safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is not known whether Prunus africanum enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in mothers who are nursing.

What else should I know about pygeum (Pygeum africanum)?

What preparations of pygeum (Pygeum africanum) are available?

Prunus africanum is available in capsules, liquid extract, and powder form. Concentration of Prunus africanum may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

How should I keep pygeum (Pygeum africanum) stored?

Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Prunus africanum, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturers practices. One commercial product requires storage in a cool dry place.

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USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network. Genus: Pygeum Gaertn.

National Institutes of Health; Dietary Supplement Label Database. Pygeum Extract.