Development of a paw paw herbal shampoo for the removal of head lice

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2002
Authors:C. M. McCage, Ward, S. M., Paling, C. A., Fisher, D. A., Flynn, P. J., McLaughlin, J. L.
Journal:Phytomedicine : International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Pagination:743 - 748
Date Published:2002
ISBN Number:0944-7113
Keywords:adult, animals, Asimina, child, Dose-Response, hair, humans, insecticide, Lice Infestations/prevention & control, Lice/drug effects, Phytotherapy, Pilot Projects, Plant Extracts

The development and clinical testing of an herbal lice removal shampoo, containing a standardized extract of paw paw, thymol, and tea tree oil, are described. All of these ingredients were selected for their ability to deplete adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels and, thus, prevent ATP-dependent pesticide resistance. Optimum concentrations of the ingredients, treatment times, and dosing schedules were established through in vitro tests with head lice. In addition to pilot studies involving 21 participants, a final clinical trial, using the optimum shampoo formulation in 16 participants, demonstrated 100% effectiveness in removing head lice and nits.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith