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Tea Tree Oil


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Medicinal uses supported by clinical data
 
Topical application for symptomatic treatment of common skin disorders such as acne, tinea pedis, bromidrosis, furunculosis, and mycotic onychia (onychomycosis), and of vaginitis due to Trichomonas vaginalis or Candida albicans, cystitis and cervicitis (16-23).
 
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine
 
As an antiseptic and disinfectant for the treatment of wounds (5).
 
Uses described in folk medicine, not supported by experimental or clinical data
 
Symptomatic treatment of burns, colitis, coughs and colds, gingivitis, impetigo, nasopharyngitis, psoriasis, sinus congestion, stomatitis and tonsillitis (24, 25).

References:

5. Osborne F, Chandler F. Australian tea tree oil. Canadian Pharmacy Journal, 1998, 131:42-46.
 
16. Bassett IB et al. A comparative study of tea tree oil versus benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne. Medical Journal of Australia, 1990, 153:455-458.
 
17. Belaiche P. Letter to the editor. Phytotherapy Research, 1988, 2:157.
 
18. Blackwell AL. Tea tree oil and anaerobic (bacterial) vaginosis. Lancet, 1991, 337:300.
 
19. Buck DS et al. Comparison of two topical preparations for the treatment of onychomycosis: Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and clotrimazole. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 1994, 38:601-605.
 
20. Feinblatt HM. Cajeput-type oil for the treatment of furunculosis. Journal of the National Medical Association, 1960, 52:32-34.
 
21. Pena EF. Melaleuca alternifolia oil. Its use for trichomonal vaginitis and other vaginal infections. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1962, 19:793-795.
 
22. Tong MM et al. Tea tree oil in the treatment of tinea pedis. Australas Journal of Dermatology, 1992, 33:145-149.
 
23. Walker M. Clinical investigation of Australian Melaleuca alternifolia oil for a variety of common foot problems. Current podiatry, 1972, 18:7-15.
 
24. Altman PM. Australian tea tree oil. Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 1988, 69:276-278.
 
25. Altman PM. Australian tea tree oil: a natural antiseptic. Australian Journal of Biotechnology, 1989, 3:247-248.
 


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