I didn’t make up this question.
I came across this draft in my other blog and had a chance to review the video again before posting it here.
A viewer of Dr. Izzy’s Sunday Housecall program had emailed and asked Dr. Izzy, does the preparation H reduce the puffiness in the eyes?
The first part of this 8:28 minutes video on Swine Flu is a kind of outdated info. You will find Dr. Izzy’s answer to this Preparation H and the puffiness in the eyes’ question somewhere down the 4:30 minutes mark. Finally Dr. Izzy also answered the question, “Should Kids Stay in Hospital Long After the Tonsils are Out?” and other tonsil related questions, as well as the self-live of TammyFlu. Here we go:
BTW, talking about hemorrhoid, I remember someone asked me last year in one of the mailing lists I subscribed, what did I do with the complaint of hemorrhoids?
I told him that it has never happened again since I started taking Isotonix OPC-3 religiously, but of course, there is no study to proof that the OPC-3 has anything to do with hemorrhoids when I told him that. However, out of curiosity while typing this post, I went to pubmed site and put in the search words, ‘pycnogenol hemorrhoid’. Voila! Here comes this abstract listed in Pubmed site:
Phytother Res. 2010 Mar;24(3):438-44.
Pycnogenol treatment of acute hemorrhoidal episodes.
Belcaro G, Cesarone MR, Errichi B, Di Renzo A, Grossi MG, Ricci A, Dugall M, Cornelli U, Cacchio M, Rohdewald P.
Irvine2 Vascular Labs & Microcirculation, Physiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, G D’Annunzio University, General Surgery, Guardiagrele (Ch)-Ortona (Pe) Pescara, San Valentino Vascular Screening Project, Italy.
We investigated the efficacy of orally and topically applied Pycnogenol for the management of acute hemorrhoidal attacks in a controlled, randomized study with 84 subjects. Within less than 48 h of onset of an acute attack, patients were enrolled and signs and symptoms were scored. This evaluation was repeated after seven days’ treatment and again seven days following treatment cessation. The decrease in scores was significantly more pronounced in the Pycnogenol-treated groups than in the control group given placebo (p < 0.05), showing the efficacy of Pycnogenol for relieving signs and symptoms of acute external hemorrhoids. In a group of patients given topical (0.5%) Pycnogenol in addition to oral Pycnogenol the improvement in symptoms set in significantly faster and was more pronounced. The most prominent symptom, hemorrhoidal bleeding, was completely absent in all patients treated with Pycnogenol for seven days and also at the 14 days follow-up. .... PMID: 20041428 [PubMed - in process]
For those who want to read more, you can download the full article from Wiley Interscience site or get the full list of the latest research papers on pycnogenol in this pubmed page. You can find the full abstract of this article by clicking the first article on that list.
As someone who can’t live without Isotonix OPC-3, I’m really glad to see a report like this. May be now, I can refer people with questions on hemorrhoids to this study, then let them talk to their doctor. As for puffiness and hemorrhoid, I just wonder, if your doctor suggests it to you, would you try the method mentioned in the video to tighten your skin around your eyes with Preparation H? 🙂