Pine Pollen Allergies, Contraindications, and Safety

Pine Pollen and Importance of Understanding Safety and Contraindications

Understanding the safety and potential contraindications of Pine Pollen is essential for making informed decisions about its use. At RAW Forest Foods, we take immense pride in the quality and integrity of our products. This encompasses the ingredients we use, the formulations we craft, and the production of the finished products we offer to you. When developing our products, we select ingredients based, in part, on their safety. However, we do not make any claims about how an individual will respond to our products.

We strongly support the use of phytotherapeutics and the immense potential of herbal medicine. We believe in the innate power of herbal medicine to dramatically affect and promote health and wellness. In fact, we believe that herbal medicine can have effects on par with those of pharmaceutical drugs.

Approaching Herbal Medicine with Reverence

As we truly appreciate the potential of herbal medicine, we approach these plants with the respect, reverence, and caution they deserve—just as one would approach any medicine. We strongly encourage every customer to conduct independent research. We recommend using authoritative and verifiable sources, such as Google Scholar and the National Library of Medicine (PubMed), to investigate what they are putting in their bodies. In other words, we advocate making informed decisions about what we choose, and choose not to, put into our bodies.

Additionally, everyone should consult with their primary care provider before starting any new supplement regimen, whether from our company or elsewhere, and before making any lifestyle changes. This advice is especially relevant for those who are taking prescription drugs, have pre-existing medical conditions, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are nursing. We do not intend for our products to be used by pregnant or nursing women, children under the age of 18, or individuals with known medical conditions (including allergies).

Pine Pollen, Seasonal Allergies, and Pine Pollen Allergies

Seasonal allergies to pollen are common, and some people have a true allergy to Pine Pollen. If you are allergic or suspect you may be allergic to Pine Pollen, it is crucial to avoid any products containing it.

Estimates suggest that the actual population with a true Pine Pollen allergy is quite small (Buhner, 2007). Additionally, the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (ACAAI) states that pine tree allergy is relatively uncommon (AAAAI). However, allergic reactions can be severe and potentially life-threatening, so caution is always advised.

Cross-Reactivity with Other Allergens

The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology notes that Pine Pollen allergies are similar to other pollen allergies and that cross-reactivity can occur with pine nuts and peanuts. This means that individuals with pine nut or peanut allergies may also react to Pine Pollen. 

According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology

Pine pollen allergies are similar to other pollen allergies, and many people with pine pollen allergies are also allergic to grass pollen. Pine nut allergies are similar to other tree nut allergies, and can cause mild, moderate, and severe allergic responses including anaphylaxis. Cross-reactivity has been reported between pine nuts and peanuts and between pine nuts and pine pollen.

Key Points to Remember:

  • Pine Pollen may trigger cross-reactivity with pine nuts and peanuts.
  • Severe allergic responses, including anaphylaxis, can occur.
  • Always consult a healthcare provider if you have known allergies before using Pine Pollen.

This passage from the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology suggests that, while allergies to Pine Pollen may be less common than other seasonal allergies, and while symptoms of Pine Pollen allergies typically resemble those of other seasonal allergies, people with allergies to pine nuts (and other tree nuts) and peanuts may experience a cross-reactive allergic response to Pine Pollen.

Drug Interactions, Preexisting Conditions, and Contraindications

Understanding the potential interactions and contraindications of Pine Pollen is critical for ensuring its safe use. Pine Pollen, like any supplement, can interact with prescription medications and exacerbate preexisting conditions. Therefore, we advise all customers to exercise caution and consult their healthcare providers before introducing Pine Pollen—or any dietary or nutritional supplement—into their regimen.

Drug Interactions

Pine Pollen contains potent bioactive compounds that may interact with various medications. These interactions can affect the efficacy of both the supplement and the prescribed drugs, potentially leading to adverse effects. If you are taking any medication, including the following types, it is particularly important to seek medical advice:

  • Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Drugs: Pine Pollen may affect blood clotting, and combining it with these medications could increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Hormonal Therapies: Given its phytoandrogen content, Pine Pollen can interact with hormone replacement therapies and other hormonal medications.
  • Immunosuppressants: Pine Pollen’s immune-modulating effects might interfere with these medications, affecting their intended action.

Preexisting Conditions

Individuals with specific health conditions should be especially careful when considering Pine Pollen. It is important to speak with your doctor if you have any preexisting conditions, including the following:

  • Hormone-Sensitive Conditions: Conditions like breast cancer, prostate cancer, or endometriosis could be influenced by the phytoandrogens in Pine Pollen.
  • Autoimmune Diseases: The immunomodulatory properties of Pine Pollen might aggravate autoimmune conditions such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Allergies: Those with known allergies to pollen or related substances should avoid Pine Pollen to prevent allergic reactions.


Certain populations should avoid using Pine Pollen altogether due to the potential risks:

  • Pregnant and Nursing Women: The effects of Pine Pollen on fetal and infant health are not well-studied, so its use is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Children and Adolescents: Due to the hormonal activity of Pine Pollen, it is not suitable for individuals under 18 years of age.
  • Individuals with Severe Allergies: Anyone with severe allergies, especially to pollen, pine nuts, or peanuts, should avoid Pine Pollen due to the risk of cross-reactivity and severe allergic reactions.

Pine Pollen’s Naturally Occurring Phytoandrogens

Pine Pollen contains phytoandrogens, which are plant sterols that mimic male sex hormones. While historically used as a longevity tonic, Pine Pollen Tincture should be used with caution in certain populations:

  • Pine Pollen Tincture should be reserved for those with mature endocrine systems (post-puberty/18 years or older) and known low testosterone levels.
  • Pine Pollen Tincture is not recommended for women or adolescents unless specifically advised by a healthcare provider.

Stephen Buhner in "Pine Pollen: Ancient Medicine for a Modern World" states:

Pine pollen tincture is for men in middle age or older or for those with the various kinds of disease conditions that pine pollen helps rectify. Pine pollen powder, on the other hand, can be used as a nutrient food or supplement by anyone with no restrictions other than for those with pine pollen allergy (Buhner, 2016).

Cycling Pine Pollen and Other Proandrogenic Herbs and Supplements

Cycling refers to an on-off schedule of herb use to prevent the body from becoming accustomed to their effects. This approach maintains the herbs' efficacy and prevents the body from adjusting its own endogenous hormone production.

Cycling can be useful when using herbs to heal from a specific illness, or for their long-term adaptogenic and tonic qualities. As a general rule, we advise cycling all herbs, including Pine Pollen and other proandrogenic herbs and supplements.

Key Points to Remember

  • Cycle herbs like Pine Pollen to prevent adaptation and maintain effectiveness.
  • Follow an on-off schedule to allow phytochemicals to wash out of the system.

For those targeting the androgenic properties of certain herbs, such as Pine Pollen, which contains plant compounds similar to male sex hormones (including androstenedione, androsterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and testosterone), cycling is recommended to prevent the body from adjusting its own endogenous testosterone production.

Non-androgenic Alternatives to Pine Pollen

RAW Flower Pollens

If you are interested in using Pine Pollen but are concerned about the presence of phytoandrogens, there are alternative options available.

RAW Flower Pollens, including Kunlun Mountain RAW Brassica Flower Pollen, Divine Farmer's RAW Camellia Flower Pollen, and Longmen Mountain Sacred Lotus Flower Pollen, can provide you with similar benefits without any concerns. These RAW Flower Pollens offer RAW nutrition, essential nutrients, and are adaptogenic and tonic. They are high-velocity, low-temperature processed to fracture the cell walls, which makes them almost 100% digestible.