Pycnogenol May Help Relieve Symptoms Associated With Fibromyalgia
Pycnogenol is a standardized plant-based extract with antioxidant properties that is obtained from the bark of the French maritime pine. A new study has found that supplementation with Pycnogenol may help relieve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, including stiffness, pain, and fatigue.
Fifty women with idiopathic fibromyalgia and elevated levels of oxidative stress participated in the study. They followed a standard management routine of daily stretching, aerobic exercise, local heat application, sleep, and meditation for 4 weeks or received 150 mg of Pycnogenol daily and followed the standard management routine. The researchers administered inflammatory and rheumatic tests at baseline and at the end of the study period. They also measured the intensity of common fibromyalgia symptoms such as stiffness, pain, fatigue, and headaches.
Participants in the Pycnogenol group saw a significant reduction in the intensity of common symptoms of fibromyalgia compared to the control group. They saw a 54% decrease in the number of participants with stiffness pain, and a 58% decrease in pain that worsens with fatigue, compared to 17% and 14% in the control group. They also saw a 54% decrease in the number of participants with fatigue and a 63% reduction in headaches, compared to 21% and 13% respectively in the control group.
In addition, the number of participants in the Pycnogenol group experiencing IBS symptoms, interstitial cystitis symptoms, and migraines decreased by 71%, 100%, and 64% respectively. This compares to decreases of 8%, 25%, and 20% respectively in the control group.
The study was conducted by researchers from Ch-Pe University.It was published on March 1, 2021 in the journal Panminerva Medica.