Q. I have a condition (Wegener's Granulomatosis) that had made me miserable for years and stumped several doctors. The symptom that troubled me was like hot flashes, but instead of flashing they were almost constant. I finally searched hot flashes in www.peoplespharmacy.com anyway.
Now they are gone and I'm telling everyone I know! Taking 50 mg of Pycnogenol twice a day has done the trick. Thank you so much for writing about this on your Web site. I haven't had a flash since the first day I started it. My disease is not curable, but the flashes bothered me more, and now they are gone.
A. We are so pleased to learn that Pycnogenol (maritime pine bark extract) worked for your symptoms. The study we cited (Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Aug. 2007) showed that it helps reduce hot flashes for menopausal women. We did not know that it might work for hot flashes from other causes.