gamma-linolenic acid

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gamma-linolenic acid

Abbreviation: GLA
C18H30O2, an essential fatty acid promoted by alternative medicine practitioners as a treatment for skin and inflammatory disorders, cystic breast disease, and hyperlipidemia.
CAS # 506-26-3
See also: acid
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Moreover, Britain has revoked the certificate of Efamast drug, which consists of gamolenic acid isolated from evening primrose, in treatment of cyclical mastalgia [9].
Mansel, "A randomized multicenter study of gamolenic acid (Efamast) with and without antioxidant vitamins and minerals in the management of mastalgia," Breast Journal, vol.
Cheung, "Management of cyclical mastalgia in oriental women: pioneer experience of using gamolenic acid (Efamast[R]) in Asia," Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, vol.
Certain herbal remedies such as borage oil and evening primrose oil contain gamolenic acid that lowers the seizure threshold in epileptics thus counteracting drugs such as phenobarbitone and phenytoin.
This contains gamolenic acid which in high doses is probably the most effective treatment and is low in side-effects.
THE prescription-only treatment for breast pain, Efamast, made from the gamolenic acid found in evening primrose oil seeds, is no longer routinely available on the NHS.
Studies also show a sensitivity to breast pain is linked to low levels of the fatty acid gamolenic acid (GLA).
My GP has prescribed me some gamolenic acid capsules to help with my eczema.
They range from gamolenic acid, an extract from evening primrose oil to stronger hormone-related drugs such as danazol and bromocryptine.
Treatment can either be with hormones or gamolenic acid which is based on evening primrose oil.
EPO supplements can help people with your type of skin, but they need to be taken in fairly high doses (equivalent to around 200milligrammes of gamolenic acid a day) for at least six weeks before you can see whether it is working.
Evening primrose oil contains gamolenic acid, a substance thought to be lacking in people with eczema.