Pine

18/Description

About

Pine is a tree. People use the sprouts, needles, and bark to make medicine.

Don't confuse pine with fir shoots (Picea abies or Abies alba) or man-made “pine oil.”

Pine is used for upper and lower respiratory tract swelling (inflammation), stuffy nose, hoarseness, common cold, cough or bronchitis, fevers, tendency towards infection, and blood pressure problems.

Some people apply pine directly to the skin for mild muscle pain and nerve pain.

How it works

Pine contains chemicals that might have activity against pain and swelling (inflammation). It also seems to be mildly effective in killing bacteria and fungus.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Thinking and memory

Early research suggests that taking vitamin C along with a specific product containing pine extract (Enzogenol) for 5 weeks improves thinking and memory in middle-aged and older men.

Upper and lower respiratory tract swelling (inflammation)
Mild muscle pain
Nerve pain
Blood pressure problems
Common cold
Cough
Bronchitis
Fevers
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly safe

Pine is POSSIBLY SAFE when used appropriately by mouth for short periods of time.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking pine if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Pine.

Asthma, allergy: Pine pollen can cause an increase in allergic symptoms, even in people who test negatively to pine skin tests.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.