Night willow herb is a natural ingredient that is frequently used for medicinal purposes. It is used for several different potential benefits, including everything from skin care to weight loss and a full spectrum of other reasons in between.
To know if you have night willow herb in your supplement, you need to look for any of the long list of names under which it could be listed. These include: onagraire, scabish, sun drop, primrose, mache rouge, fever plant, primrose seed oil, EPO, acide cis-linoleique, evening primrose seed oil, oenothere, onagre commune, king’s cureall, jambon du paysan, and many others.
The night willow herb ingredient is usually used for its oil, which comes from the night willow plant, which is also commonly known as the evening primrose. This oil is used for several skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. That said, the ingredient is also used by some people as a type of treatment for multiple sclerosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, dyspraxia in children, blocked blood vessel-related leg pain, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and even alcoholism.
More recently, it night willow herb oil has also been used to treat kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), irritable bowel syndrome, neurodermatitis itching, nerve damage from diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and for obesity and weight loss. Women also use it to prevent high blood pressure in pregnancy, to treat premenstrual syndrome, to reduce breast pain, and to ease hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
The oil from night willow herb had previously had the support of many well reputed medical organizations for some of those latter uses. However, the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) is no longer among the organizations recommending the use of this substance for those reasons. The MCA is the British regulatory agency equivalent to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The MCA withdrew the licenses it had been issuing for prescription level medications containing night willow herb oil as it concluded that the evidence supporting its use for that purpose was inadequate.
According to published research, this ingredient has been found to be useful for certain specific purposes such as for osteoporosis or diabetic nerve damage, when taken properly. However, research has also indicated that it is unlikely that this ingredient is at all helpful to dieters trying to lose weight.
People with certain medical conditions should not take this substance. It’s important to speak to a doctor or pharmacist before beginning supplementation.