The Therapeutic Effects of Camel Milk: A Systematic Review of Animal and Human Trials

J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2016 Oct;21(4):NP110-26. doi: 10.1177/2156587216658846. Epub 2016 Jul 18.

Abstract

The clinical effectiveness and value of camel milk as a therapeutic agent is currently unclear. MEDLINE (1946 to March 2016), EMBASE (1974 to March 2016), and Google Scholar were searched using the following terms: milk, bodily secretions, camels, camelus, camelini, camelidae, dromedary, bactrian camel, body fluid, and bodily secretions. Articles identified were reviewed if the study was investigating the use of camel milk for the potential treatment of diseases affecting humans. Of 430 studies, 24 were included after assessment. Identified studies highlighted treatment with camel milk of diseases, including diabetes, autism, cancer, various infections, heavy metal toxicity, colitis, and alcohol-induced toxicity. Although most studies using both the human and animal model do show a clinical benefit with an intervention and camel milk, limitations of these studies must be taken into consideration before widespread use. Based on the evidence, camel milk should not replace standard therapies for any indication in humans.

Keywords: dietary supplements; natural products; systematic review.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autistic Disorder / drug therapy
  • Biological Products / therapeutic use*
  • Biomedical Research
  • Camelus*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Milk*
  • Rats

Substances

  • Biological Products