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The Claim: Evening Primrose Oil Soothes Eczema
NY Times ^ | April 29, 2013 | Anahad O'Connor

Posted on 04/30/2013 8:47:58 PM PDT by neverdem

THE FACTS:

It may not exactly be a household name, but evening primrose, a bright yellow plant native to North America, has a large following in the alternative medicine world.

The seeds of the plant contain essential fatty acids, which are used to make an oil that has a variety of uses as a dietary supplement and folk remedy. Its most popular use may be for eczema, the skin condition that affects as many as one in five people. Widely marketed and easy to find, primrose oil contains gamma linoleic acid, which is thought to help reduce skin inflammation without the side effects of other treatments.

But a large new study suggests that people using evening primrose oil for eczema may want to save their money instead...

--snip--

Evening primrose and borage oils are widely used remedies for eczema, but according to research, they provide no benefits.

(Excerpt) Read more at well.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: atopicdermatitis; eczema; eveningprimroseoil; gammalinoleicacid; primroseoil

1 posted on 04/30/2013 8:47:58 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: rmlew

Ping


2 posted on 04/30/2013 8:49:59 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/eveningprimrose
3 posted on 04/30/2013 8:50:01 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: South40

Thanks for the link.


4 posted on 04/30/2013 8:52:29 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

What about the heartbreak of psoriasis?


5 posted on 04/30/2013 8:59:54 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: neverdem; a fool in paradise
What about dandruff?


6 posted on 04/30/2013 9:03:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Ah, something from Picasso’s Dry Flaky Skin period.


7 posted on 04/30/2013 9:07:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
What about the heartbreak of psoriasis?


Are you making fun of an old 1970’s commercial or people with psoriasis?

This condition though not life threatening, can be very ugly, embarrassing., and uncomfortable to those who suffer with it.

Often genetic, it is hard to control, and takes constant attention from a medical professional and a control regime that must become a lifestyle.

My husband has this condition. I'm glad that his friends are of the caliber who do not believe making fun of people is....amusing.

8 posted on 04/30/2013 10:02:38 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I am making fun of the old commercial.


9 posted on 04/30/2013 10:07:29 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

That commercial was not very far off point.


10 posted on 04/30/2013 10:10:31 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

Possibly. For me, it is just an annoyance.


11 posted on 04/30/2013 10:14:03 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

it can be very serious...

(pics, and not pretty)

http://bit.ly/18nctPu


12 posted on 04/30/2013 10:26:29 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Yehuda

Saw similar photos during a visit with a dermatologist when I was a kid.


13 posted on 04/30/2013 10:33:53 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: neverdem

Cortisone 10.

Cheaper than Dr. Scripts and works excellent.


14 posted on 04/30/2013 11:08:06 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: neverdem

15 posted on 05/01/2013 2:25:34 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: neverdem

My granddaughter has had issues with baby eczema since birth (she’s now 16 mos.) and her parents have found tea tree oil to be an effective topical treatment. Their doctor is also looking at diet but they haven’t settled on a possible cause.


16 posted on 05/01/2013 3:24:59 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Vendome

How long does it last (i.e. how often do you have to apply it)?


17 posted on 05/01/2013 6:12:16 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: T-Bird45
I have heard of some people using it as a topical treatment fro Psoriasis. How well has it worked for your granddaughter?
18 posted on 05/01/2013 6:13:28 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

They apply tea tree oil after every bath and twice a day. It certainly appears better to me.


19 posted on 05/01/2013 7:30:28 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45

Does it actually eliminate the redness and cause the skin to have a normal appearance?


20 posted on 05/01/2013 7:36:27 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yes, that’s been our experience.


21 posted on 05/01/2013 8:39:15 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45

Thanks, good to know.


22 posted on 05/01/2013 8:49:22 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Once or twice a week. When it flares I put it on for about three days in a row and apply alone vera in between.

When I get back on mu computer I’ll send you a link of the alone I use.

Not cheap but, the best and pure


23 posted on 05/01/2013 9:58:52 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: neverdem
I never tried EPO. I have found Borage oil to be more effective since it contains higher concentrations of Gamma Linolenic Acid.

I appreciate the heads up. Now that my seasonal allergies have kicked it, my right middle finger is so affected that it hurts to type.

24 posted on 05/01/2013 3:11:50 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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