pine bark extract and gotu kola help lung disease including chronic lung disease caused by COVID-19

Interstitial lung disease leads to scarring of the lungs that eventually will affect your ability to breath and to get enough oxygen. COVID is also leaving people with chronic lung conditions. Could a duo of herbs help both?

This study had two parts. In the first, 19 people with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia were treated either with standard management or a combination of pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) and gotu kola. The herbal combination significantly decreased free radical damage. After 8 months of treatment, fatigue, muscle pain and difficulty breathing were all significantly better compared to the control group. Tissue edema improved in the herb group. Ultrasound revealed significant improvement in fibrosis in the herb group versus no improvement in the control group.

So, if pine bark extract and gotu kola help lung disease, could they help people with lung disease left over from COVID? To find out, the researchers gave the same combination to 10 people with post-COVID-19 lung disease. Eight people served as controls. After 4 weeks, preliminary results showed that symptoms of post-COVID-19 lung disease were significantly improved.

This study suggests that pine bark extract combined with the herb gotu kola could benefit people both with lung disease and the lung disease that is being caused by COVID-19.


Minerva Med 2021 Jun 28. doi:10.23736/S0026-4806.20.07225-0


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