Pine Bark

From our list of ailments, see what Pine Bark can be used for:

  • Varicose Veins

Natural Remedies using Pine Bark

Weeks later, at home, my foot had regained its normal color and, by all outward signs, had healed. However, I still felt a sharp pain in the foot whenever I walked. I realized that this injury, if it did not heal soon and properly, could lead to a lifetime of chronic inflammation and pain. Frus-tratingly, all of the vitamin supplements I had been taking for years didn’t seem to help. And then it dawned on me. That scientific meeting in France was about a well-known herbal antioxidant made from French maritime pine bark (called Pycnogenol), and the scientific literature showed it to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. I started taking it, and within days the pain went away. To rule out the power of suggestion, I stopped taking the supplement for a few days, and the pain returned. I started taking the supplement again and the inflammation and pain went away and have never returned. I walk and hike long distances without any discomfort in the foot.

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Maritime Pine) — Not covered (AHP; KOM; PH2). Although I have scored maritime pine based mainly on its pycnogenol, and reported activities of pycnogenol, all plants containing similar levels of related OPCs might deserve the same scores. I strongly suspect that all woody plants contain OPCs and possibly even pycnogenol sensu latu if not sensu stricto. ‘Pycnogenol is a registered trademark of Horphag Research for their patented proprietary extract of French maritime pine bk” (JAD) I have no strong reason to believe that french maritime pine bark is better or worse than other tree barks as sources of OPCs. I prefer peanuts as food.

Varicose Veins

The Benefit of using Pine Bark as a natural cure