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Eczema can be treated by taking evening primrose oil? Is that true? Some doctor says yes some no. Why?

Eczema can be treated by taking evening primrose oil?  Is that true? Some doctor says yes some no. Why?

Honestly Doctors : Havedifferent ideas thus the need for 2nd or 3rd opinions. Most drs are not familiar with uses of herbal meds thus the conflicting advice.My take is it's safe to use evening primrose rose for eczema since it's extracted from a plant. If there's no improvement with these herb, go see your dr or dermatologist for an accurate dx. http://www.ehow.com/how_2119669_use-primrose-oil-eczema.html#page=0. ...Read more

Evening Primrose (Definition)

See wikipedia for discussion of the flower under: oenothera. The evening primrose seeds contain oil which is a fatty acid. The oil. Contains 7 to 10 percent gamma linolenic acid and about 70 percent linoleic acid. Gamma linolenic acid is a precursor to prostaglandin pge1 (misoprostol) and thromboxane txa1. Pge1 (misoprostol) is involved ...Read more


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Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

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. ...Read more

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Can evening primrose oil cause cloudy urine ?

Can evening primrose oil cause cloudy urine ?

It should not: Evening primrose oil should not cause cloudy urine. This could be a sign of infection. Drink lots of water and if it does not clear see a doctor for a urinalysis. ...Read more

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Can evening primrose oil balance your hormones?

Can evening primrose oil balance your hormones?

No: No it does not. However, I have no idea what balancing one's hormones means or how it has any health benefits. ...Read more

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How fast does evening primrose oil improve PMS symptoms?

How fast does evening primrose oil improve PMS symptoms?

Depends: Most women will need at least two months on it to see a difference. If you don't see a difference double the dose or add vitex. Vitex can help balance your hormones naturally which often helps with pms and fertiliy. ...Read more

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Can you take evening primrose oil and hemp seed oil together?

Can you take evening primrose oil and hemp seed oil together?

Yes: Do not take them with your birth control pills. Do you really need to take these supplements is first question you must first figure out? A simple balanced diet, exercise and yoga are enough to lead a healthy life. Stay away from supplements unless absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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How many capsules of evening primrose oil should I take for pms?

How many capsules of evening primrose oil should I take for pms?

1000-2000mg: Oil of primrose can help some people with their pms symptoms. Usually you have to take a big enough dose from a well produced drug company for it to work. Use 1-2grams per day starting at the lower dose; if it does not work after 1-2 months increase it . If it does not help by then, it is probably not going to work for you. ...Read more

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How does evening primrose oil help the nervous or muscular system?

How does evening primrose oil help the nervous or muscular system?

It doesn't: Hi. Be very wary of claims made by snake oil salespeople. They're very happy to scam you and take your money. There is no evidence evening primrose does ANYTHING except make pretty flowers. ...Read more

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Is evening primrose oil a good supplement to take for women's health?

Is evening primrose oil a good supplement to take for women's health?

No evidence: Of usefulness. There no good evidence to recommend use of this supplement. If you are considering taking it, please consult your doctor as there are interactions with conventional medication. Fda does not regulate supplements. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/evening-primrose-oil-uses-and-risks. ...Read more

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Started taking evening primrose oil and my breasts are fuller. Nice but why?

Started taking evening primrose oil and my breasts are fuller. Nice but why?

Who knows: 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) but if you are enjoying this "side effect"- have no fear- i haven't seen any convincing evidence of its harm! ...Read more

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Started taking evening primrose oil and my boobs are really full-- why is that?

Started taking evening primrose oil and my boobs are really full-- why is that?

Shouldn't happen: It has been used to help with breast pain but should not cause breast enlargement or fullness. Perhaps there is something else in the supplement that you are taking. I would look for another cause for breast fullness. Evening primrose oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, essential fatty acids that are lacking in some people's diets. Always ask your doctor before taking supplements. ...Read more

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Why I gain weight even I'm nt a big eater .. I'm 40 this year .. I have try diet pills but can't work on me..will evening primrose oil help me ?

Why I gain weight even I'm nt a big eater .. I'm 40 this year .. I have try diet pills but can't work on me..will evening primrose oil help me ?

Weight gain: Simplistically, weight gain occurs when calories in exceed calories out. There's a tendency to continue eating habits developed in our youth even as out physical activity decreases due to work & family constraints. There is no evidence that evening primrose oil will help lose weight. Consider DASH, Mediterranean or vegetarian diet plus regular physical activity - avoid screen time incl TV/computer ...Read more

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Is Evening Primrose Oil effective in treating symptoms of PMDD? Does it alter GLA? Also, should it be taken every day, or only 2nd half of cycle?

Is Evening Primrose Oil effective in treating symptoms of PMDD? Does it alter GLA? Also, should it be taken every day, or only 2nd half of cycle?

No, Yes, Daily: Evening Primrose Oil is an excellent source of GLA so it raises it. It appears to help with breast pain associated with PMS but has not been shown to help PMDD. See http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/406683_2 For info on treating PMDD see http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/natural-remedies-pms-pmdd-0419124/ ...Read more

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Is evening primrose oil ok to use to help with natural labor? How much and often can it be used? I have heard people don't tear as much if used.

Is evening primrose oil ok to use to help with natural labor? How much and often can it be used?  I have heard people don't tear as much if used.

Maybe: Evening primrose oil is often recommended by midwives, both orally & topically. While many swear by it, there has not been much formal research. One small study did not find it helped, but in the study it was not used the way it is usually recommended! see http://www.Families.Com/blog/can-evening-primrose-oil-help-soften-the-cervix i advise asking your midwife or obstetrician. ...Read more

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What does evening primrose oil do?

What does evening primrose oil do?

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. ...Read more

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