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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does evening primrose oil do?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Let me help: The oil is extracted from the flower seeds for most medicinal uses. The oil contains 25 percent essential fatty acids, which often are promoted for their health benefits, including linoleic acid, or la, and gamma-linolenic acid or gla. The most common uses of evening primrose oil include treatment of skin condition like eczema and dermatitis as well as diabetic neuropathy treatment and arthritis.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of evening primrose oil?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Eczema, Breast pain: The effectiveness of evening primrose oil stems from an ingredient called gamma-linolenic acid, or gla, an essential fatty acid thought to have anti-inflammatory and other healing properties. Evening primrose oil has highly concentrated amounts. It is one of the safest sources of gla. When ingested, gla is converted to prostaglandins, compounds that help regulate inflammation.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can evening primrose oil improve my health?

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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Not clear: Evening primrose oil is a source of the essential omega six fatty acid gla- and has been shown to help with the itching of eczema. There is some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- i've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain). One thing i haven't seen is any convincing evidence of its harm.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the benefits of evening primrose oil capsules?

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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Not clear: The data on evening primrose oil is spotty at best- some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- i've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain). One thing i haven't seen is any convincing evidence of its harm!
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Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgical Oncology 30 years experience
One thing to remember is that the effects of evening primrose on breast pain are not immediate, but may take a few months.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: Oil of primrose is often used for pms and has an additional fat for those who need it. It is usually fine to take and causes few symptoms, perhaps GI is the most common. You need about 1-2 grams for it to help with pms. It does not help everyone but it is worth a try rather than a prescription drug.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is there any link between evening primrose oil and seizures?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jonesanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Maybe: The research is currently a bit inconclusive on these issues. Some research suggests a link and other articles challenge the scientific method/conclusions of these papers. However, since there is possible link to an increased risk of seizures it is still currently recommended by most healthcare professionals & evening primrose oil manufacturers that those with seizure disorders avoid using it.
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