Friday, August 09, 2013

Pycnogenol Natural Supplement for ADHD

The first time I heard the word pycnogenol (pronounced pick-nhog-enn-all) was at a homeschooling conference at a lecture given by Dianne Craft who was talking about learning disabilities and ADD - ADHD.

Pycnogenol is French maritime pine bark extract, a natural supplement. The bark is in powder form and is put in a capsule.

Pycnogenol has been the subject of some published studies showing an efficacy of the therapy.

Dosing is by body weight of the patient.

I started my son on this therapy this summer. It is a three times a day supplement and we are not perfect enough with a routine to always remember the lunchtime dose. I do not know if it is working or if other things he is doing are helping or hurting his situation (eating choices, skipping meals, staying up too late, not getting enough sleep, etc.).

I am sharing our story of what we are trying for my son's ADHD inattentive type. This is not intended as medical advice for anyone. If you are curious to learn more there is a lot on the Internet to read. Here are some sources:

Pycnogenol for ADHD on YouTube talk with Dr. Fred Pescatore:

Pycnogenol for Brain Function on YouTube talk with Dr. Fred Pescatore:

Medical studies on Google

WebMD lists possible contradictions and side effects

Article discussing a study on kids from age 6-14

Dianne Craft's website

Pycnogenol can be found at health food stores, Amazon, or other online retail sellers.

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