Thyme Oil can Foil Inflammation

by Trilok Kapur on  January 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM Alternative Medicine News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

 Thyme Oil can Foil Inflammation
Essential oils derived from the common herb, known as thyme, could help suppress inflammation, shows a new study.

Essential oils from plants have long been a component of home remedies, and even today are used for their aromatherapy, analgesic (e.g. cough drops), or antibacterial properties.

Japanese researchers have found that six essential oils -from thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot-can suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme, in a manner similar to resveratrol, the chemical linked with the health benefits of red wine.

Lead researcher Hiroyasu Inoue believed that many essential oils might target COX-2 much like compounds in wine and tea.

During the study, the research team screened a wide range of commercially available oils and identified six (thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot) that reduced COX-2 expression in cells by at least 25pct.

However, thyme oil proved the most active as it reduced COX-2 levels by almost 75pct.

When researchers analyzed thyme oil, they found that the major component -carvacrol- was the primary active agent.

In fact when they use pure carvacrol extracts in their tests COX-2 levels decreased by over 80pct.

The study appears in Journal of Lipid Research.

Source: ANI
TRI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Health Benefits of Egg Oil Inflammation 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive

Loading...