pine bark extract reduces, pain, symptoms and need for painkillers in women with fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common painful condition that affects the lives of millions of people. Those millions of people should know about a bark from a common tree. That bark may lessen fibromyalgia’s bight.

People with fibromyalgia suffer from pain and stiffness all over the body, and they struggle with sleep problems, fatigue, migraines and other types of headaches, depression, anxiety and difficulty thinking, remembering and concentrating.

Pine bark extract is a rich source of a powerful antioxidant known as proanthocyanidins. In this study, 26 women were given 150mg a day of pine bark extract on top of standard management and 24 women were in the control group who followed standard management alone. Standard management included stretching, aerobic exercise, local heat application, sleep and meditation. All of the women had fibromyalgia, and all of them had elevated levels of oxidative stress. The study included all women because fibromyalgia is much more common in women.

The results of the four week study are really promising and really exciting for people with fibromyalgia. The women who took pine bark extract had to use significantly less non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids (NSAID) for pain. This result is important both because it means they lived with less pain and because it means they could cut back on drugs with unwanted side effects.

The women in the pine bark extract group also had significantly greater improvement in each of their symptoms, especially those related to pain. 54% of the people in the pine bark group had improvement in stiffness and pain versus only 17% in the control group. Pain that worsens with fatigue improved in 58% versus 14%, fatigue improved in 54% versus 21%, mental cloudiness improved in 55% versus 5%, headaches improved in 63% versus 13%, migraines improved in 64% versus 20%, stress improved in 35% versus 5%.

This study provides promise for people with fibromyalgia. It suggests that supplementing pine bark extract can help with both the mental and physical symptoms of fibromyalgia and, especially, that it can begin to offer some relief from pain.

Panminerva Med 2021 Mar;63(1):46-50

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