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What do we know about the African plum tree for prostate conditions?

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African plum tree bark has been used in African cultures to treat urinary and bladder problems that come with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In Europe, extract from the bark is used extensively. It's been reported to ease BPH symptoms such as frequent urination. Use of this herb for health reasons is so widespread around the world that the tree (Pygeum africanum) is endangered. The extract hasn’t been proven to shrink an enlarged prostate, and side effects include nausea.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Lycopene."

Drug Digest: "African Plum Tree."

American Family Physician: "Saw Palmetto for Prostate Disorders."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Lycopene."

Drug Digest: "African Plum Tree."

American Family Physician: "Saw Palmetto for Prostate Disorders."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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