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Pygeum for Prostate Cancer and BPH  

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting ageing men.  The cancer cells start infecting the prostate glands and multiply at an abnormal rate in the prostatic tissue without an appropriate cancer treatment. Usually, treating prostate cancer involves surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy that are prescribed after considering the enormity of the malignancy. However, nowadays newer field of alternative medicines are increasingly being used to treat this deadly disease. One such method is the use of Pygeum herb that is helpful in reducing the discomfort caused by the cancer. This herb is being widely preferred by patients of prostate cancer for its natural curative properties and overall beneficial results in reducing symptoms of the disease. 

Prostate Cancer Symptoms 

Prostate gland is located very close to male excretory organ which helps to separate waste matters from the blood and discharges them. In some men, particularly in their later ages, the prostate gland gets enlarged and causes a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia, commonly known as BPH.  The gland starts swelling considerably in size and pressurizes the urethra. In some, unfortunately, the prostate is not only enlarged but also affected by cancer. This consequently affects the flow of urine badly, and cause pain and discomfort. Some of the early symptoms of Prostate cancer include frequent urination and difficulty in urinating. To treat these symptoms, some patient use herbs such as Pygeum.  

What is Pygeum? 

Pygeum is scientifically known as Prunus Africana and belongs to the plum family. The tree is mostly found in higher altitude of African countries. It is widely used and has been medically approved in countries like Germany, Italy and France. In European countries, the bark of this tree is extracted in order to make a medicine that is effectively used for the treatment of prostate Cancer. It provides the herbal option for treating the Prostate cancer an alternative to other therapies. 

Some Benefits of Pygeum 

Following are some of the curative benefits of Pygeum:  

  • It diminishes the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). 
  • It cures erectile dysfunction and inflammation of urinary system. 
  • It renders relief in kidney diseases. 
  • It prevents male baldness. 
  • It cures stomach and urinary tract disorders. 
  • It prevents spreading of malignancy in the prostate gland. 

How Pygeum Work? 

Prostate gland stimulates a male hormone named Androgen Receptors on which prostate cancer cells tend to feed. Pygeum has the power to block the normal functioning of the Androgen Receptors and prevent progression of prostate malignancy. The three curative components found in Pygeum are ferulic acid, phytosterols and triterpenes. Each of these components has distinct properties. While ferulic acid has ability to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the prostate glands, the other two are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Pygeum controls the cholesterol level, the main precursor known for trigging prostate cancer. The regular intake of this herb even averts the recurrence of prostate cancer. 

Pygeum Side Effects: 

Though Pygeum is herbal supplement, some menial side effects have been reported after taking it in excess. Some of the mild side effects seen in some patients of prostate cancer are nausea, stomach pain, constipation and diarrhea. Although these are controllable side effects of Pygeum, the doctor must be consulted. The doctor should also be consulted to take Pygeum along with other medications.