This is just a quick comment to Oils? For Fungus or Salad? published recently by By Mark Leitner, DPM (Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists / Nail’n’Toe provider in Brandon, FL).
I recently stumbled upon an online article on Fox News where Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter and Fox News contributor, talks about plant-based cures available to treat health problems, including toenail fungus.
To treat toenail fungus, Kilham absolutely “swears by tamanu oil, or Calophyllum inophyllum, a tropical nut oil from the Pacific Islands. The anti-fungal properties of the oil have been well-documented in previous studies.”
“Toenail fungus responds rather brilliantly to tamanu oil,” Kilham said. “If you put the oil on the nail, it will get rid of the fungus.”
I wonder how many people actually ran to their local natural foods stores our their computers to learn more about the healing powers of this mysterious plant.
A quick research of the more reputable sources revealed that all parts of the plant ( bark, leaves, seeds) have been used medically as antiseptics, astringents, expectorants, diuretics, and purgatives. The oil possesses some antimicrobial and antiviral activity. Apparently cosmetic industry in Europe likes to add some of this oil into skin care products, such as creams and moisturizers.
Long story short: don’t get any illusions. Tamanu oil may help moisturize the skin on Athlete’s foot, but it’s unlike to cure even a mild case of toenail fungus – the fungal infection residing in the nail bed, the skin UNDER the nail plate. Onychomycosis is a disease that requires medical treatment.
Now, prevention is a different story. Tamanu oil may certainly be added to your preventive regimen – if you have the time and patience to use it daily.