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

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 29 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2712
  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 …

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