- To expel parasites
- As an antiseptic, diuretic, and skin reddener
- For water filtration
- To treat bladder problems, colds, coughs, influenza, kidney problems, migraine headache, joint and muscle problems, sores, and tuberculosis
- Antioxidant-rich plants such as Monterey pine may offer protection against degenerative diseases and aging. Early studies showed that a combination of Monterey pine and vitamin C decreased cell damage from oxidation. Additional research is needed.
- Heart tissue can be damaged by oxidants. Antioxidant-rich plants such as Monterey pine may help protect the heart against the damaging effects of oxidants. Early human study showed that a dietary supplement containing Monterey pine extract and vitamin C was safe, well tolerated, and may have heart health benefits. However, other study produced conflicting results. Further research is required before a conclusion can be made.
- Antioxidants, including those in Monterey Pine, may protect against age-related decline in mental abilities and improve mental performance. In early study, a preparation of Monterey pine and vitamin C improved mental function in older men more than vitamin C alone. Additional study is required.
- Side effects may include skin rash or seasonal allergic reactions such as runny nose and eye irritation.
- Use cautiously in patients taking blood pressure lowering agents or those with blood pressure disorders, as Pinus radiata may lower blood pressure.
- Use cautiously in patients with high levels of fats or cholesterol in the blood, as Pinus radiata may raise blood levels of fats and cholesterol.
- Avoid with known allergy or hypersensitivity to Pinus radiata, its components (such as pollen), airborne allergens, or members of the Pinaceae family.
- Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding, due to a lack of sufficient data.
Interactions with Drugs
- Pinus radiata may lower blood pressure. Caution is advised when using medications that affect blood pressure.
- Pinus radiata may also interact with anti-inflammatory drugs, drugs that lower fats or cholesterol, and weight loss agents.
Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements
- Pinus radiata may lower blood pressure. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that affect blood pressure.
- Pinus radiata may also interact with anti-inflammatory herbs or supplements, antioxidants, herbs or supplements that lower fats or cholesterol, and weight loss herbs and supplements.