Pycnogenol for PMS
Pycnogenol benefits for healing and circulation, along with its botanical anti-inflammatory activity, might offer soothing support for the aches, cramps, and back pain sometimes encountered during menstruation. Also known as dysmenorrhea, painful menstruation and PMS can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life, and when severe, may be associated with more serious mood concerns.
- According to early research, Pycnogenol for PMS may be a therapeutic application that warrants further exploration.
In one clinical trial, researchers supplied 47 women between the ages of 21 and 45 with Pycnogenol 30mg twice daily for a duration of three menstrual cycles. Researchers found that during the first cycle of treatment, the number of painful menstruation days seemed to be trending towards fewer with Pycnogenol supplements, but did not reach significance.
However, researchers found that as the women continued taking Pycnogenol French Maritime Pine Bark Extract, they appeared to experience significant pain relief: Fewer days with discomfort and back pain.
At the end of this study, researchers concluded that PYC has a “potential analgesic effect on menstrual pain.”
Kohama, T., Suzuki, N., Ohno, S., and Inoue, M. Analgesic efficacy of French maritime pine bark extract in dysmenorrhea: an open clinical trial. J Reprod Med 2004;49(10):828-832