Emu oil has been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people to reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis, heal wounds and burns (including sunburn), and to reduce the pain, itch, and swelling from insect bites and stings.

Emu oil is an effective anti-inflammatory. The potency of its anti-inflammatory effect is similar to that of ibuprofen, without the negative side-effects common to conventional anti-inflammatory medications.

Emu oil is believed to be beneficial in the treatment of many conditions, including arthritis, gout, muscle fatigue, joint pain, burns (particularly sunburn), dry skin, psoriasis, eczema and wound healing and scarring. Many studies and testimonials indicate it may help to reduce cholesterol, probably because of its high levels of essential fatty acids.

Distributer Howard Fox says the products are amazing. "They can reduce the swelling of muscle and joint problems and are fantastic for eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin problems."

However, Dr. Len Rose, Director of the Melbourne Pain Management Clinic, says, "There are no cures for arthritis and eczema". He says buyers should be cautious.

But the emu oil users ACA spoke to said it worked well for them.

Expectant mother Debra Stavrinidis is a happy customer. "This pregnancy I have used emu oil, rubbing it on my stomach. I have not had any stretch marks whatsoever, whereas in my first pregnancy I was prone to stretch marks."

Howard Fox says that this is a natural product, so it will take four to five days to kick in.

Interest in emu oil has increased dramatically over recent years. It is currently involved in many trials and studies within the cosmetic and medical industries as they attempt to unlock the secrets of this unique substance.

Oil, through studies and noted documentation, exhibited the following proprietiesand purposes:

Ø Anti-inflammatory activity

Ø Moisturizing

Ø Cholesterol reduction

Ø Penetration enhancer for
topical skin products

Ø Non-comedogenic (non

Ø Significantly reduces recent
keloid scarring and pseudoficilitis barbae (ingrown hairs)

Ø To promote faster healing of
burns with less pain and scarring (sun, wind, fire including chemical

Ø Weight reduction

Ø Excellent emulsifier


studies are being conducted to include the composition, benefits, and
applications of EMU oil in different industries. EMU oil does not clog pores,
which subsequently causes acne. Comedogencity (pore clogging) testing of EMU oil conducted at the
University of Texas Medical school at Houston resulted in both observational
and historical scores of less than one. Dr. Craig-Schmidt, an associate professor at Auburn University noted
that the properties of the EMU oil made it quite suitable to be used by the
cosmetic industry.. In addition to
cosmetic uses, laboratory experts and analysis of EMU oil in both Australia and
in the United States have confirmed the EMU oil has the ability to reduce
inflammation of the joints. EMU oil
naturally contains a high level of linolenic acid, which provides a local
anti-inflammatory effect.


penetrating effects of EMU oil, according to pharmacist and oil research, Allen
Strickland of Alabama, may be related to the skins non-phosphorous composition.
Human skin will reject phosphorus, therefore, making EMU oil a ready conduit as
pure oil or in cosmetics. According to
Dr. Craig-Schmidt, "(oleic) fatty acid is a known enhancer of transport of
bio-active compounds through the skin."

For Arthritis Pain

Thom Leahey of the Arthritis Clinic in Ardmore, Oklahoma conducted a
preliminary study, in 1995 to determine what effect emu oil on hands afflicted
with arthritis. The study produced some positive indications that emu oil may
substantially reduce the pain caused by arthritis. "In this 2 week study,
7 of the 12 emu oil users reported a significant reduction in pain, morning
stiffness and swelling. Only 1 of the 8
mineral oil (placebo) users related the same results," report Dr. Leahey.


Leahey maintains a personal theory that the oil may have its greatest impact on
early stages of arthritis pain.

information on studies is available upon request.


EMU Oil-A Clinical Appraisal of this Natural and Long Used Product, Dr. GR
Hobday of Australia reported that EMU oil had been frequently tested by
government and private laboratories, indicating no steroids, hormones or even
bacteria when suitably treated. Its two
major actions were its anti-inflammatory
properties and its ability to penetrate the skin.
It also appears to provide some solar

of usage in these three areas are summaries as follows


Ø Eczema-EMU oil and creams
made of EMU oil reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin

Ø Keloids- significantly
reduces recent keloid scarring

Ø Burns-appears to promote
faster healing with less pain and scarring

Ø Donor sites in skin
grafting-reduces pain and less scarring

Ø Psoriasis-limited benefits
in some patients.


Ø Joint pain- reduced pain,
swelling, and stiffness most evident where the joint is close to the skin
surface, such as hands, feet, knees, and elbows

Ø Bruising and muscle
pain-significant benefit to recent bruising and muscle pain where injury is
relatively superficial. Significant
reduction in sports related muscle strains post-exercise EMU oil massage.


Ø Epithelialized
wounds-reduced scar tissue formation, soothing of wounds after surgery by
anti-inflammatory action.


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