Kānuka Oil for Eczema

The first clinical trial looking at the topical use of kānuka oil for eczema relief has shown that a cream containing oil derived from kānuka is an effective emollient for treatment of moderate-to-severe eczema in adults.

Results published in the prestigious Lancet Group’s eClinicalMedicine Journal have shown adding kānuka oil to an emollient cream made it more effective at reducing eczema symptoms than the cream alone.

This landmark trial, led by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ), was
conducted in partnership with HBLP and TRG Natural Pharmaceuticals, a company based in Tauranga that develops innovative, scientifically proven products from natural sources. You can download the results here.

HBLP has prepared some additional information about the clinical trial and the eczema product to answer some key questions that come with the commercialisation of products based on taonga species.

Hikurangi Bioactives Limited Partnership and TRG Natural Pharmaceuticals developed the formula and sourced the kānuka oil from landowners in Tairāwhiti. The Medical Research Institute of New Zealand is an independent research centre based at Wellington Hospital and undertook the clinical trials. The product development and clinical research was funded by HBLP and TRG with a 40% subsidy from Callaghan Innovation, and a grant from Trust Tairāwhiti that is repayable if the product is successfully licensed.