After my mother’s bout with Stevens Johnson Syndrome, I’ve become more wary of medications. Whenever possible, none in our family takes any medications, especially new ones we have not taken before. Considering the ill effects that chemicals may have on the human body, it may be safer to just go natural.
Dr. Peter Rohdewald of the University of Munster in Germany recently discovered that pine bark extract may be the natural way to relieve pain from knee arthritis. The active ingredient in pine bark extract is Pycnogenol which has strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The research was made from data collected from 100 Slovakian adults with mild knee arthritis. Results show that the group taking Pycnogenol had a 20.9% improvement in terms of pain, stiffness, and daily activities. The joint improvement even persisted for 4 weeks even when Pycnogenol was discontinued. Following a 3-month supplement of Pycnogenol, joint pain also decreased by 40.3%. This means that there was less intake of analgesic to relieve those suffering from the disease.
After the clinical studies conducted, it appears that Pycnogenol’s anti-inflammatory properties is the natural alternative for those with osteoarthritis. Though it is still recommended that patients consult their physicians, it now becomes a natural alternative rather than purely taking pain medications.