Evening primrose oil and borage oil do not help eczema symptoms, finds Cochrane review

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2712 (Published 30 April 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2712

Get access to this article and all of bmj.com for the next 14 days

Sign up for a 14 day free trial today

Access to the full text of this article requires a subscription or payment. Please log in or subscribe below.

  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Evening primrose oil and borage oil do not improve the symptoms of eczema, a review of the evidence has found. Furthermore, both can cause harm, mainly to the gastrointestinal tract.

The authors, who published their review in the Cochrane Library, concluded that it would be hard to justify further studies on the treatments.1

Some people take evening primrose oil and borage oil because they contain γ linolenic acid, which was once thought to …

Get access to this article and all of bmj.com for the next 14 days

Sign up for a 14 day free trial today

Access to the full text of this article requires a subscription or payment. Please log in or subscribe below.

Article access

Article access for 1 day

Purchase this article for £20 $30 €32*

The PDF version can be downloaded as your personal record

* Prices do not include VAT

THIS WEEK'S POLL