It “provides moderate relief” for men and “may be a useful treatment option, at least in the short term,” according to the Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of scientists who review the effectiveness of medical therapies.
In six small studies in Italy and Germany, men with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, who took 100 to 200 milligrams a day of pygeum had increased urine flow and reported improvements in symptoms compared with men who took a placebo. However, in the three studies that looked, pygeum takers made no fewer trips to the bathroom during the night.
The six studies were short term, tested different doses and preparations, and rarely used standardized methods to record symptoms, all of which lessens the reliability of their results.
Source:Cochrane Database Syst. Rev.: CD001044, 2002.
Other relevant links:
- Cruciferous vegetables may reduce risk of recurring prostate cancer. See: Cruciferous Vegetables and Prostate Cancer
- Too much from supplements may increase your risk of dying from prostate cancer. See: Calcium and Prostate Cancer
- Overweight men are more at risk for an enlarged prostate. See: Excess Weight and an Enlarged Prostate