Korean Pine

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Borovica Kórejská, Borovice Korejská, Chinese Pinenut, Chōsen Goyō, Chōsen Matsu, Hong Song, Jatnamu, Korea Kiefer, Koreafyr, Koreai Fenyõ, Korean Nut Pine, Koreansembra, Koreatall, Kóreufura, Pi de Corea, Pin de Corée, Pino de Corea, Pinus koraiensis, Sosna Koreańska.


Korean pine is a tree that grows in parts of Asia, including the Russian far east, China, Japan, and Korea. In these countries, the Korean pine is valued economically for its timber and edible seeds.

People take Korean pine nut by mouth for earaches, nosebleeds, and to increase milk production during breastfeeding. Korean pine tree resin is taken by mouth for parasites, to increase urine output, and as an antiseptic. Korean pine nut oil is taken by mouth for weight loss.

People apply Korean pine stem bark or Korean pine tree resin as a plaster, poultice, or steam bath for burns, sores, boils, and other skin wounds.

Korean pine nuts are also eaten as a food.

How does it work?

Korean pine might aid in weight loss by suppressing the appetite. Korean pine nut oil increases levels of certain hormones that make people feel full.


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Uses & Effectiveness

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Korean pine for these uses.

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Side Effects

There isn't enough information to know if Korean pine is safe. Korean pine nut might cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to plants in the Pinaceae family.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Korean pine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Low blood pressure or high blood pressure: Korean pine nut oil might lower blood pressure. In theory, Korean pine nut oil might affect blood pressure control in people who have blood pressure that is too high or too low.

Allergy to pine and related plants: Korean pine nut might cause allergic reactions in some people. People who are sensitive to similar plants should avoid Korean pine nut.


Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Korean pine nut oil might decrease blood pressure. Taking it along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.

Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.


The appropriate dose of Korean pine depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Korean pine. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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