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

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The African plum tree is also known as Pygeum africanum. Its bark has traditionally been used in African cultures to treat urinary and bladder problems associated with BPH. In Europe, extract from the African plum tree bark is extensively used. It's been reported to reduce symptoms associated with BPH such as having to get up frequently at night to urinate or frequent urination during the day. Use of this herb for health reasons is so widespread around the world that the African plum tree is now endangered.African plum tree bark extract may help men deal with the discomfort of BPH. However, it has not been proven to reduce the size of an enlarged prostate. Side effects noted with use of African plum tree bark include nausea and stomach upset.

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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