Pygeum, also known as Pygeum Africanum, is an herb extracted from the bark of the African Plum Tree. For centuries, it has been used in ancient African medicine to treat bladder health issues and urinary disorders, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), inflammation, and hair loss.
How does Pygeum treat hair loss?
Pygeum is well known as a potential treatment for male and female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. It does so by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness.
DHT is an androgen, a sex hormone that develops “male” sex characteristics such as body hair and voice change. It can also cause individuals to lose their hair faster and earlier. Each hair strand goes through a growth cycle that includes an anagen phase (growing), the catagen phase (transition), telogen phase (resting), and exogen phase (shedding). High levels of DHT cause hair follicles to shrink, shortening the hair growth cycle, eventually causing the hair to be thin, becoming more brittle, and eventually falling out as the follicles die.
Some people are more susceptible to the effects of DHT on scalp hair based on specific genes and environmental factors.
How to take Pygeum?
Pygeum is typically taken as a supplement. The extract is used to make a powder that is put into pills or capsules. The average recommended dose is between 100 - 200 milligrams per day.