Washington: Pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, is effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving blood flow in the inner ear, says a new study.Tinnitus is a hearing condition that causes the constant misperception of sound, including hissing, ringing and rushing noises. "Impaired blood flow to the ear is a common cause for tinnitus, a disturbing and very debilitating condition that can considerably impact overall health and quality of life," said Dr. Gianni Belcaro, a lead researcher on the study along with his team from Irvine3 Vascular labs, Chieti-Pescara University. "With few options available for treatment, this study gave us the opportunity to explore a natural solution to tinnitus symptoms and its causes."In a study conducted by the Chieti-Pescara University in Italy, 82 patients between the ages of 35 and 55 with mild-to-moderate tinnitus in only one ear, while the other remains unaffected, were studied throughout a four-week period. Tinnitus in all subjects was a result of restricted blood supply to the inner ear, as measured by high resolution ultrasonography imaging of their cochlear blood flow. Patients were assigned to one of three groups: A, B and control. Group A consisted of 24 patients who were administered 150 mg/day of Pycnogenol, group B consisted of 34 patients who were administered 100 mg/day of Pycnogenol, and the control group consisted of 24 patients who received no Pycnogenol. None of the patients had previously used medication for their tinnitus symptoms.
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