Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is an 'alternative' medicine. Its seems to be popular amoung Podiatrists in the UK and some in Australia and NZ, but not used widely in the USA (why is that?). It has been shown to be no better than a placebo for the treatment of onychomycosis, yet so many still use it (why is that?). The EU have expressed safety concerns about it, yet many still use it (why is that?) (see: Tea tree oil faces ban over health fear). See these discussions:
Whats your Gold Standard for onychomycosis?
Is there a place for tea tree oil in foot care?
I just can not understand the rationale of those that use it (...there is always the argument that "I used it and got some good results" -- BUT, according to the evidence, a placebo would have got the same results).

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