Although there aren’t clinical studies that assess all of the health benefits of Pygeum africanum, it has been used as a part of traditional African medicine for a variety of purposes. These include using it as a wound dressing, an appetite stimulant, an anti-inflammatory, and to treat chest pain, fever, gonorrhea, malaria, mental health issues, poisoning, stomach pain, and more (3).
Pygeum africanum also has the following health benefits, which is why it was chosen to be an ingredient in the following supplement:
Pygeum africanum is best known for its potential ability to relieve urinary symptoms. Specifically, Pygeum africanum has been tested to see if it can improve lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). One review from 2002 looked at 18 different studies on Pygeum africanum in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The review found that men reported (4):
Overall improvement in symptoms
Nighttime urination decreased by 19%
Amount of urine remaining in the bladder decreased by 24%
Urine flow rate increased by 23%
Another 2015 review found that doses of 100–200 mg per day for 1–2 months could improve urinary symptoms and urine flow. However, it found conflicting results regarding whether Pygeum africanum actually impacts prostate gland size. The review also noted that many of the studies were limited and more studies need to be done before the full benefits of Pygeum africanum are understood (1).
What doses of Pygeum africanum have been studied?
Nutritional supplements, like Pygeum africanum, are not reviewed by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. The effective daily dose can therefore only be estimated based on what has been tested in studies. Most studies on Pygeum africanum use a dose of 50–200 mg per day.