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Archive for the 'Pine Bark Extract' Category

Review: CAM for ADHD

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are frequently given to children and adolescents for reputed benefits for hyperkinetic and concentration disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Researchers in Arizona and Australia assessed the evidence based on the results of studies providing an acceptable standard of evidence. (more…)

Review of herbals to treat asthma

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Today is Worlds Asthma Day.

So, researchers from the UK and China reviewed the evidence supporting the use of herbs and plant extracts to manage asthma. (more…)

No effect of pine bark extract on cardiovascular disease risk

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Pine bark extract is a dietary antioxidant supplement.

In this study, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California, attempt to correct past studies that they consider flawed. (more…)

Benefits of Pycnogenol in early diabetic retinopathy

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Most often, diabetic retinopathy causes no symptoms until the eye damage becomes severe.

In this study, researchers from G D’Annunzio University, in San Valentino, Italy studied the effects of Pycnogenol in the early stages of retinopathy. (more…)

Pycnogenol to treat acute hemorrhoids

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Researchers from G D’Annunzio University, in Italy tell us Pycnogenol, both in oral and in topical form, is effective. (more…)

Effects of Pycnogenol on vision in diabetic patients

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Diabetes tool boxDiabetes affects the eyes and can lead to retinopathy (non-inflammatory damage to the retina of the eye) leading to gradual loss of vision.

Researchers from D’Annunzio University, in San Valentino, Italy studied the effects of Pycnogenol during the early stages of retinopathy. (more…)

Herbals for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ms. Meenakshi Khatta is a nurse practitioner and associate professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Nurse Khatta has reviewed the use of CAM to treat pain due to musculoskeletal conditions.

Here are her findings on herbal supplements used to treat fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

Treating ADHD with supplements

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Researchers from the University of Canterbury, at Christchurch, New Zealand reviewed the evidence supporting the use of nutritional and herbal supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (more…)

CAM and diabetes: An update of recent studies

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The World Health Organization has predicted a 39% rise in the worldwide prevalence of diabetes by 2030. And an article in The Lancet indicates this might be an underestimation.

Since November is Diabetes Month, here’s a round-up of CAM options for people with diabetes from 2006 through March 2007.

Treating osteoarthritis with pycnogenol

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Pycnogenol is a scavenger of oxygen free radicals. Here’s the latest in a series of positive studies. (more…)

Peri-menopausal symptoms treated with pycnogenol

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

This is apparently the first study of pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark extract) to treat peri-menopausal symptoms. (more…)

Pycnogenol reduces pain of endometriosis

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Long-term treatment with French maritime pine bark extract (pycnogenol) reduced symptoms of endometriosis, such as pelvic pain and dysmenorrhea, in a study reported in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.

Medscape has a summary.


Pycnogenol treatment of venous insufficiency

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

In the past year, several studies on this topic have appeared. The results are positive.

So, let’s review.

Prevalence of diabetes in the US in 2006

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

The Centers for Disease Control has just published the latest data on the prevalence of diabetes in the US.

  • 11% of adults aged 40 to 59 years
  • 23% of those 60 and older have diabetes

Is it any wonder that so many CAM therapies are studied in people with diabetes?

A quick listing of CAM entries for diabetes on this blog is provided below. Or, click the button on the right sidebar to see all of the diabetes entries.


Improvement in diabetic ulcers with pycnogenol

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

One of the major complications of diabetes mellitus is the change in small blood vessels called microangiopathy. It’s associated with kidney failure and blindness, as well as other conditions such as diabetic ulcers.

Here are the results of a study of pycnogenol in people with diabetic ulcers.


Positive effects of pycnogenol in children with ADHD

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Here are the results from two studies that support the role of pycnogenol (pronounced pick-nah-geh-nol) to treat ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).


Pycnogenol: pine bark discord

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Six years ago I wrote an article about pycnogenol. It was a story about a man (Dr. Jacques Masquelier), his invention (the extraction process), and alleged trademark infringement, which prevents him from selling his product in the United States.

Pycnogenol is a scavenger of oxygen free radicals, and Dr. Masquelier’s website presents a long list of benefits attributed to pycnogenol. We await the supporting clinical trial results, however.

The point of this post is to update that original article. Dr. Masquelier (in his late 80s) is retired. His successors continue to defend the extraction process and their product.

7/1/06 9:33 JR