Pygeum africanum is derived from the bark of the Prunus africana tree which is native to central and south America. Pygeum africanum is commonly used to provide moderate relief from the urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. More recently, Pygeum africanum has been used as a herbal remedy for the treatment of hair loss.
- The in vitro data suggests that Pygeum africanum extracts have 5α-reductase inhibitor properties which may benefit patients with androgenetic alopecia.
- The only clinical data that we could find to support the efficacy of Pygeum africanum for the treatment of hair loss was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study in which patients took a combination of saw palmetto and Pygeum africanum. 40 post-menopausal women suffering with AGA took 2 capsules daily of either the combination capsule or a placebo for 16-weeks. The researchers found that the treatment was able to increase the number of growing (anagen) hairs and reduce the number of non-growing (telogen) hairs. Furthermore, the researchers stated that the treatments were well-tolerated – however there were mild digestive events reported. Unfortunately because the study didn’t observe the effects of Pygeum africanum alone, it is not possible to know if the positive effects were to do with either or both treatments.
- Our experience tracking members: by itself, Pygeum africanum is not enough to improve hair loss outcomes.