Study Shows Natural Lice Treatment Most Effective Journal of the Israel Medical Association (10-02)
A head lice treatment study published in the IMA Journal compares the effects of a permethrin/malathion based formula to a natural essential oil lice treatment on 129 school children. Resistance issues are discussed.
(PRWEB) October 29, 2002
Los Angeles, CA., October 29, 2002: Dr. Kosta Mumcuoglu, a parasitologist at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem and a world renowned expert in the field of head lice study, has published an article about the effectiveness of a natural head lice remedy. The article, published in the October issue of the English-language Journal of the Israel Medical Association, compared the results with a chemical spray containing Malathion.
Mumcuoglu, who has tested 15,000 Israeli children for head lice over the past 15 years, found that the natural remedy, sold in the U. S. as HairClean 1-2-3 Lice Kit, was more effective than the chemical preparation. (website: www. quantumhealth. com)
Mumcuoglu and colleagues from the Jerusalem District Health Office and the Hadassah-University Hospital dermatology department studied 940 children aged six to 14 from six Jerusalem schools. Of these, 21 percent had lice and eggs, and 17% had only nits. Of the 119 children treated, half were given the natural remedy and the rest the chemical spray - three times during a 15-day period. Girls were much more likely to be infested with lice than boys, and younger children aged six to nine more than teenagers.
The natural remedy is composed of coconut oil, anise oil and ylang ylang oil killed lice and nits on 92.3% of the children. The chemical spray's active ingredients are permethrin and Malathion. The spray was effective on 92.2%.
The chemicalÂs effectiveness may be attributed to the ingredient Malathion, which is available by prescription only. Permethrin, the other chemical ingredient, has, in many cases, been shown to fail due to lice resistance. Permethrin is found in most drug store head lice products.
Several trials conducted by Professor Terri Meinking of the University Of Miami Medical School preceeded the Israeli study, showing that HairClean 1-2-3 was more effective than products containing permethrin and pyrethrum.
New generations of head lice are becoming resistant to preparations that were previously effective. Thus parents, Mumcuoglu concludes, will welcome the news that the natural remedy can kill lice and nits as well as the chemical preparations and causes no serious side effects.
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