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What does evening primrose oil do?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 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 48 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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can evening primrose oil improve my health?

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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 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.
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 25 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!
Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgical Oncology 29 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.
Aug 2, 2013
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 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.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Evening primrose oil and other medications, what are these for?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: What other meds do you mean? Proponents of evening primrose believe it has numerous uses in various medical conditions.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Evening primrose oil has no place in treatment of serious medical conditions. If you need help, see a real DR.
May 12, 2014

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