Tea Tree and it’s amazing tumor shrinking power

Research out of the  University of Western Australia showed Tea Tree oil to be effective in inhibiting the growth of tumours under the skin  in mice. This fascinating discovery  was reported to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation who hope that this study will lead to a treatment for various  types of skin cancer.
During the study a notable shrinkage in the tumors was observed in the mice treated with a tea tree oil formulation applied directly to the skin. Previous research into the anti-cancer activity of tea tree oil has been limited to in-vitro testing which has proved useful but not necessary applicable to real-life situations. This study gives researchers hope that an all-natural treatment based on tea tree may not only be possible but may be deliverable transdermally.
This study represents the first  breakthrough in a series of research steps that will hopefully take this all-Australian product into mainstream medicine, you can read more here.  If you are inspired to get busy with this good oil may I recommend my friends at New Directions, their online shop is always well stocked.

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Highly Irritant Chemical Shrinks Skin Cancers?

Would you believe it, an ingredient so irritating and so synthetic that no skin care company worth their salt would touch it with an all-natural barge pole has been saving our skin! It’s called Diphencyprone, is usually used in the treatment of hard-to-budge warts but has recently been outed as a skin-cancer chewer-upper.  Melanoma be gone, tell me more…..

The guys at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney have been studying the effects of this chemical on skin tumours over the last few years (see patent from 2007) but now feel ready to take things one step further with the help of a little publicity from Nine MSN, well OK, the Dermatology conference! 

Apparently the cream works because it is so irritating.  The allergen stimulates an immune response which results in a rash as well as an attack on skin tumor cells. The attack  weakens the tumor cells and eventually the tumors shrink!   While initial research is looking good this is still an experimental treatment for this deadly skin condition – the first line of defence is to cut the tumors out, ouch. So there you have it!  An itchy solution to a serious problem.

It just goes to show that highly irritant, synthetic chemicals may well have their moment under the sun. Maybe we shouldn’t be so ready to judge….


In case you are interested this chemical is also used in the treatment of Alopecia Areata (thought to be an autoimmune disease), in treating various skin diseases and for vitiligo.   Pretty powerful stuff!