African Cherry, Prunus africanum
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Medicinal Garden information:
May have anti-inflammatory effects for the treatment of pain.
There is some research about the anti-inflammatory effects of African cherry and its treatment for pain; It may inhibit the production of 5-lipoxygenase metabolities- thus exhibiting analgesic effects.Reference link
African Cherry has been used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. This condition causes the prostate gland to enlarge, constricting the urethra and making it difficult for the bladder to empty. Pygeum bark contains compounds which exhibit anti-inflammatory actions in the prostate. Over harvesting in the wild this species is considered Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
African Cherry is used for treating symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) and prostate cancer. It is also used for inflammation, kidney disease, urinary problems, malaria, stomachache, fever, and to increase sexual desire.Reference link
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