Lymph Health: Evening Primrose - Breast Cancer & Lymphomas
Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis [Latin]), also known as evening star,
produces little yellow flowers that bloom for only one night and then wither and die. The seeds for this plant are used to produce
evening primrose oil
, an excellent source of the omega-6 essential fatty acid. Evening primrose
oil has been proven to be an effective treatment for many skin disorders
and may also help prevent diseases involving the breasts and central
The omega-6 essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), is believed
to be the active ingredient of evening primrose oil. Gamma-linolenic acid
is known to help soothe inflammation in the body, and to support the body's
Several studies have shown that oral supplements containing evening
primrose oil can help heal skin conditions that involve inflammation and
have been linked to the body's autoimmune response, including eczema,
ischthysosis vulgaris (scaly skin), and atopic dermatitis. Evening primrose
oil has been approved for the treatment of these conditions in several
countries outside the United States.
The gamma-linolenic acid contained in evening primrose oil helps maintain
the integrity of the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves and helps
protect them from damage. Therefore, evening primrose oil may be helpful to
those suffering from disorders that affect brain chemistry. Based on the
results of laboratory studies, it is thought that taking oral evening
primrose supplements can help control symptoms and prolong remission in
individuals suffering from conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
Parkinson's disease, and diabetic neuropathy. The typical dosage for
treatment of these diseases ranges anywhere from 500 to 2,400 milligrams in
capsules per day, but it's a good idea to consult a physician before taking
evening primrose oil or any other
herbal supplements in
Evening primrose oil is also being studied for use as a treatment for other
uncomfortable, hormone-induced symptoms that can accompany PMS and
menopause, such as excessive cramping and hot flashes.
Evening primrose oil, which is derived from the seeds of the evening
primrose flower, is available in capsules; however, there are also
are made from the whole herb, which is a good source of tryptophan, a substance that has been used to treat insomnia and depression.
Evening primrose oil may produce allergic skin reactions in some sensitive
individuals; some people even report that these supplements caused their
acne to flare up. People taking drugs to treat schizophrenia should not
take evening primrose supplements without consulting their physician-there
have been some reports that these supplements interact with these
drugs in a way that increases the risk of seizure and may cause difficulty
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