Empty fruit seed (pod).
The European Medicine Agency (EMA) approves its traditional use to increase urine output as an adjunct for treating urinary disorders. The Commission E approves its use as an adjunct in the treatment of urination disorders (difficult or incomplete expulsion of urine). Recent studies suggest its utility in the treatment of excess weight and diabetes.
Traditional Uses: Urinary tract infections, diabetes, edema, prevention of urinary calculi (stones in the urinary tract).
Traditionally it is considered to be a light and antidiabetic diuretic. It contains a chemical responsible for its smooth hypoglycemic effect. Recent studies indicate that this plant is able to reduce blood glucose peaks after meals.
Buds, leaves and young branches.
Pycnogenol, phenolic extract from maritime pine bark (Pinus maritima Mill.).