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Medically reviewed by Last updated on July 8, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Prunus africana
  • Pygeum africanum
  • African Cherry
  • African Plum
  • African Plum Tree
  • African Prune
  • African Pygeum
  • Amande Amère
  • Ciruelo Africano
  • Prunier d’Afrique
  • Prunus africana (Hook. f.) Kalkm
  • Pygeum Africanus
  • Red Stinkwood
  • Rosaceae

What is this product used for?

Pygeum is used by some people to help with signs of an enlarged prostate. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. It has also been used to help with urinary problems or prostate cancer.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • If you are already using a product for prostate health, talk with your doctor before using this product.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Stomach cramps

  • Headache

  • Constipation

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • No urine or trouble passing urine

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