Can Pine Bark Lessen Tinnitus?

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More than 50 million Americans will suffer tinnitus in their lifetime. This hearing condition causes the constant misperception of sound, including hissing, ringing and rushing noises. A new study has found that an extract of pine tree — commercially known as “Pycnogenol” — is effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving blood flow in the inner ear.

Tinnitus is a frustrating and even debilitating condition that can take a toll on your quality of life. Impaired blood flow to the ear is a common cause. The new study has uncovered a potentially great natural way to clear it up.

Researchers took 82 patients between the ages of 35 and 55 with mild-to-moderate tinnitus in only one ear and studied them for one month. Tinnitus in all was caused by restricted blood supply to the inner ear.

Patients were divided into three groups: A; B; and control. Group A consisted of 24 patients who took 150 mg/day of pine bark extract. Group B had 34 patients who took 100 mg/day. Continue reading