Pycnogenol Helps Hemorrhoids

Good news for the estimated 50% of Americans age 50 and older who suffer from hemorrhoids:  a new study shows the maritime pine bark extract supplement Pycnogenol® helps relieve hemorrhoid pain and bleeding.

(Pycnogenol is easier to pronounce than it looks:  pick-NAH-jen-all.) 

Researchers started with a group of 84 people who suffered from external hemorrhoids. They randomly assigned the 84  into three groups for a one-week test.

Group One took 300 mg of Pycnogenol (by mouth) for the first 4 days and 150 mg for the next 3 days.

Group Two took the same oral dose of Pycnogenol (300 mg for 4 days, then 150 mg for 3 days) and also used a 0.5% Pycnogenol topical cream.

Group Three received a placebo (fake treatment).  

Measurements:

The researchers tracked the participants’ bleeding and pain and also noted quality of life factors such as the ability to continue normal social functioning without pain or avoidance.  Pain was measured using a scale of 0 (no pain) to 4.0 (maximum pain).

Results:

Bleeding continued in the placebo group during the week of the study and the 2-week follow-up period afterward. There was no bleeding in the Pycnogenol groups during the study week or the follow-up.

All three groups reported less pain, but the reduction was greater in the two groups who took Pycnogenol.

Average pain levels for Group One (oral Pycnogenol) dropped from 3.2 at the start of the study to 0.8

Group Two’s (oral and topical Pycnogenol) average pain fell from 3.3 to 0.3

Group Three’s (placebo) declined from an average baseline of 3.4 to 1.2

What this means to you:

Taking Pycnogenol supplements may help relieve hemorrhoid pain and bleeding.

The researchers say:  “In this study, both topical and oral Pycnogenol® treatment reduced the intensity and duration of hemorrhoidal pain and bleeding,” and Pycnogenol looks like a promising remedy for hemorrhoids that “may help with all major symptoms.”

Further studies are in progress, including research on Pycnogenol’s ability to prevent new hemorrhoid attacks.

Want to try it?  You can buy Pycnogenol dietary supplements at health stores, grocery stores and online, but the topical cream version is still in the research and development phase.

To read more about the study, see:

Study Shows Pycnogenol Naturally Relieves Symptoms of Acute Hemorrhoids

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