Kukui Nut Oil as Psoriasis Treatment
Title: Effectiveness of kukui nut oil as a topical
treatment for psoriasis.
Authors: Brown AC, et al.
Publication: Int J Dermatol. 2005 Aug;44(8):684-7.
The authors conducted a pilot double-blind, placebo-controlled
tiral to determine the effectiveness of kukui nut oil from Hawaii
as treatment for psoriasis. They enrolled 30 adult subjects (18
to 87 years of age) with mild, stable plaque psoriasis on less
then 15% of total body surface area for a 12 week study.
The patients were divided into 2 groups of 15 people, with the
treated group using kukui nut oil and the control group using
mineral oil placebo. The patients were seen every 2 weeks and
The authors reported that although both groups improved, there
was no significant difference between the kukui nut treatment
and placebo among 24 out of 30 subjects who completed the study.
There was no side effects reported.
The authors concluded that kukui nut oil did not significantly
reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, however, they cautioned that
the small number of people in the study warranted a larger study.