The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Pycnogenol to treat acute hemorrhoids

    Researchers from G D’Annunzio University, in Italy tell us Pycnogenol, both in oral and in topical form, is effective.

    First, the details.

    • 84 people having acute attacks of hemorrhoids were assigned to a treatment group within less than 48 hours of onset.
      • Pycnogenol
      • Placebo
    • They were evaluated after 7 days of treatment and again, 7 days later.

    And, the results.

    • The decrease in signs and symptoms of acute external hemorrhoids was significantly greater with Pycnogenol vs placebo.
    • In a group of patients given topical (0.5%) Pycnogenol in addition to oral Pycnogenol the improvement in symptoms was reported significantly faster and was more pronounced.
    • The most prominent symptom, hemorrhoidal bleeding, was absent in all patients treated with Pycnogenol after treatment and 14 days later.
    • In contrast, bleeding was still observed in the placebo group during the 2 weeks follow-up.

    The bottom line?

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative study of Pycnogenol in the past 3 and-a-half years since the start of The CAM Report. The treated conditions are diverse and the results appear consistent.

    In the next few weeks we will review in detail.

    1/17/10 21:15 JR

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