Why Emu Oil?
Natural foods advocates and physical fitness
minded people, concerned by society's growing dependence oil
pills and the rising cost of conventional drugs, have partially
fueled a growing movement that has quietly woven its way into
Australian , American and many other cultures. There has been
a tremendous upsurge of public awareness as more and more of
nature's health secrets are being revealed. Millions of health
conscious people around the world are interested in the many
options that natural remedies offer, such as through holistic
healing and homeopathic and natural therapies.
Interest in alternative health fields is also being promoted
by natural health colleges that provide a large range of programs
in naturopathy, nutrition, holistic health sciences.
Of all the natural products available to the
consumer today, few can boast the versatility of one of the oldest
substances on earth ... emu oil. In the upcoming pages, we'll
explore some of the many applications, studies and benefits of
this natural, healthy oil.
Emu Oil From a Dietary Perspective
A documented university study showed that
over 70% of the fatty acids in emu fat are of the unsaturated
variety. These polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats lend
to lower blood cholesterol.
Emu oil has also been documented to contain Omega 3 and Omega
6 essential fatty acids. Although the human body needs these
fatty acids for many functions, it cannot produce them and consequently
must obtain these acids from the diet. Emu oil provides these
essential fatty acids.
As a Topical Ingredient
Emu oil has been applied topically to the
skin, both alone and in combination with other ingredients, for
an enormous range of applications. The unique composition of
emu oil makes it an excellent enhancement for many types of products,
including those that provide skin care and moisture (face and
body creams), those that penetrate the skin's surface (arthritis
and pain creams), and those that offer skin protection (lip balms
What the Doctors Say..
More and more medical specialists are discovering
the beneficial properties of emu oil and are adopting it into
their treatment techniques. This section identifies a few of
the many medical specialists who are using, researching and promoting
Emu Oil The Natural Approach
Staying physically fit by jogging several
times a week as well as working out with a trainer, Dr. Howard
Hagglund relates that his trainer, who has "bad arthritis
in his elbows," was once injured by an accidental kick.
"He tried some emu oil and really liked it," says Hagglund.
"And since then everybody in the gym is wanting it!"
"Emu oil keeps the joint warm and doesn't overheat it, and
doesn't have that nasty smell like some of the other athletic
rubs have," notes Hagglund, who has supplied emu oil products
to Olympic weight lifting trainees. as well as to children with
"And I am using it in my practice," relates Hagglund,
who currently has patients using the oil. "The results are
good," says Hagglund.
Emu Oil For Pain Management Techniques
With a special interest in pain control, Dr.
William Code of Duncan, British Columbia was intrigued when he
was first introduced to the beneficial properties of emu oil.
"I've been working with emu oil for three years now,"
says Code. I've always been impressed With how well it goes into
the skin and lubricates it without leaving a greasy film. "To
this point I think there's a variety of opinions as to why it
goes through the skin so well on humans and in many animals as
well, particularly horses, who have thin skin like humans"
Dr. Code has explored combining emu oil with topical anaesthetics
in an effort to increase the speed of the penetration of the
anaesthetic. The benefit is the ability to quickly anaesthetise
the skin without the use of needles for common procedures such
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy gives
perspective on Emu Oil
Dr. Leigh Hopkins of Doylestown, Pennsylvania
has been researching and using emu oil for years. "My perspective
is that general good health is really what we're seeking and
that is why everyone should have adequate intake of at least
50 essential nutrients and that includes the essential fats that
are contained in emu oil," says Hopkins. "My observations
are that those people that receive the greatest benefits from
the oil do so because they are lacking a full complement of the
essential nutrients in their diet," relates Hopkins. "Also,
there are signs and symptoms that are apparent that predict whether
or not individuals will be responsive or not to the oil. And
those signs and symptoms reflect the deficiency of those fats
in their diet and in some instances it's not that they don't
have fat in their diet but it's that they don't have the right
balance of fats. So there's a quantity and a quality that's critical
to that observation"
Adds Hopkins: "General diet with its attention to avoiding
the large caloric stores, tends to treat fat as calories rather
than as essential nutrients. And that is why emu oil does so
well. People do not appreciate that fats are critical to successful
health and so avoiding them sets up the situation that enables
emu oil to be a very effective product, which makes women (who
tend to avoid fats more than men) good candidates. So women will
be particularly pleased with the benefits they obtain from the
Doctors of Chiropractic
Dr. Patty Headly of Tonkawa, Oklahoma and
Dr. Ron Westbrook of Decatur, Texas see a small portion of the
20 million Americans who regularly see a chiropractor, and every
one of those patients has experienced the benefits of emu oil
and chiropractic treatments.
I have started using massage treatments in my practice,"
explained Dr. Headly. "Since I have been doing massage,
emu oil has become a major part of my practice. I do both massage
and adjustments and the emu oil is used virtually from head to
toe. People with chronic shoulder and knee problems get help
from the adjusting, but the emu oil really does the final trick
during the massage. I find it absolutely amazing" I can
get results using chiropractic alone on lower back pain,"
said Dr. Headly. "However, it seems that when I use the
emu oil in conjunction with the chiropractic, the relief is quicker
and the muscles stay relaxed longer, and therefore the treatment
"What I enjoy most about using the emu oil is that I have
a lot more freedom of motion when massaging," said Dr. Westbrook.
"The patient is more comfortable because I am not pulling
on the skin, and there are no offensive odours such as you have
with the conventional creams. However, the most significant observation
that I have made is that the treatments with the oil last longer
than without. The oil relaxes the muscles so well that the treatments
hold for a longer period of time," he explained. I can push
the spine back, but by the time the patient gets back into their
car, it can be out of alignment again because the muscles and
tendons are just too tight," explained Dr. Headly. "With
the oil and massage working together, and the deep penetration,
the loosened muscles hold longer"
A Podiatrist Helps Patient's Aching
Dr. Bernard J. Hersh has been familiar with
emu oil's reputed benefits for several years. In the beginning
I was using the oil itself to heal skin," relates Hersh.
The fact is that emu oil really is therapeutic in keeping a moisture
barrier within the skin so that it doesn't dry and crack and
it works fine. ", After working with pure emu oil Dr. Hersh
was introduced to emu oil product formulations. Over 50 of Hersh's
patients are actively using emu oil products and Hersh relates
that patient's reactions are enthusiastic.I will keep using the
oil and I think I've just begun to scratch the surface,"
"The basic premise is that no topical medication can work
until it has penetration into the skin," add Hersh. "And
it has been proven that emu oil has incredible penetration properties.
So whatever substance you put with emu oil you will get penetration
and will obtain the best therapeutic effect. That's why emu oil
is so good, it's a natural emollient, skin softener with tremendous
There's a revolution today which Hersh feels emu oil fits into.
"We're steering more toward the natural products, which
seem to be gaining momentum," says Hersh.
Numerous studies have been and are currently
being conducted throughout the world on many facets of emu oil,
including its composition, benefits, applications in different
industries and the resulting properties of compounds formulated
with the oil. Following is a review of some of the current research
studies as well as completed studies which have been conducted
on emu oil.
One of the major drawbacks of using any oil
in skin care or cosmetic applications is its common tendency
to clog up pores and subsequently cause acne.
Comedogencity (pore-clogging) testing of emu oil conducted at
the University of Texas Medical School at Houston resulted in
both observational and histological scores of less than 1. The
interpretation of this score reveals that the oil Is considered
to indicate a substance that is unlikely to produce a comedogenic
response during human use and is therefore considered to be a
negative result .
The final assessment of the report stated: "On the basis
of observational and histologic testing from comedogenicity,
the emu oil used in this test, from 25% to 100%, is non-comedogenic"
Despite the fact it is an oil, emu oil was demonstrated to be
a non -pore-clogging substance.
Fatty Acid Analysis
A fatty acid analysis was conducted by Dr.
Margaret C. Craig-Schmidt, Associate Professor in the Department
of Nutrition and Food Science, at Auburn University. Dr. Craig-Schmidt
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 experiments and analysis
of emu oil both in Australia and in the US have confirmed that
emu oil has the ability to reduce inflammation of the joints.
Emu oil naturally contains a high level of linolenic acid, (a
substance known to ease muscle ache and joint pain) and oleic
acid, which provides a local anti-inflammatory effect.
The penetrating effect of emu oil, according
to pharmacist and oil researcher Allen Strickland of Alabama,
may be related to its nonphosphorous composition.
"Our skin is phospholipid deficient. In other words, there's
no phosphorus in our skin. If you put anything on your skin that
has phosphorus in it, your skin is 'programmed' to keep it from
penetrating. Anytime you put anything on your skin that is phospholipid
deficient, or has no phosphorus, it penetrates right through",
"It was interesting to note that when I looked through the
literature concerning the drug and cosmetic industry," expressed
Dr. Craig-Schmidt, "I learned that this (oleic) fatty acid
is a known enhancer of transport of bio-active compounds through
the skin. In other words, the high presence of oleic acid in
the emu oil may be one of the reasons that it is able to penetrate
the skin to a large degree and at the same time be able to carry
active compounds through the skin where they can have an effect
in the body'
For Arthritis Pain
A preliminary study conducted by Dr. Thom
Leahey of the Arthritis Clinic in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in 1995
to determine what effect emu oil has on hands afflicted with
arthritis 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,"
reported Dr. Leahey.
Dr. leahey maintains a personal theory that the oil may have
its greatest impact on early stages of arthritis pain. I don't
know if any topical aid would be beneficial for chronic or burnout
arthritis, where the cartilage has been virtually destroyed.
1 suspect the oil reduces inflammation around and within joints,
and assists in allowing a greater freedom of movement,"
New Oil Formulation for Arthritis
According to the report, Experimental Study
to Determine the Anti-Arthritic Activity of a New Emu Oil Formulation
(EMMP), by Peter Ghosh of the Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney,
Australia and Michael Whitehouse of the University of Adelaide
Australia, a joint research project was initiated to determine
if emu oil showed antiinflammatory anti-arthritic activity in
laboratory animals. According to the report, both Dr. Whitehouse
and Ghosh "had been engaged in arthritis research for over
25 years and have published extensively on the evaluation and
development of new anti-arthritic drugs"
Results from the project indicated that (for antiinflammatory
response) the most potent formulation was achieved when methyl
salicylate (oil of wintergreen), isopropanol and menthol were
combined with emu oil" Apparently, a "synergistic effect
was occurring between the emu oil and the methyl salicylate,
for the antiinflammatory activity of the combination was greater
than the sum of either component when used alone (with isopropanol)
Proliferative Activity of the Skin
Michael Holick, M.D, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine,
Physiology, and Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine,
conducted a study involving a processed emu oil, and the results
were so outstanding that they quickly became a topic of conversation
in many medical and other journals.
Dr. Holick had been interested in looking at factors that stimulate
and inhibit both skin and hair growth.
'We depilated some mice and we then topically applied, in a blinded
fashion, (a processed emu oil) and corn oil to two different
groups of mice, and we did this for two weeks," he explained.
'We found that there was about a 20% increase in DNA synthesis,
which means that there was a 20% increase in the proliferative
activity, or the growth activity of the skin in the animals that
received (a processed emu oil], compared to the animals that
received corn oil," said Dr. Holick.
"We found that there was an enhancement in the growth activity
of the hair follicles. So it gives us a very good scientific
indication that we were stimulating skin growth," Dr. Holick
Clinical Usage and Property Observation
In Emu Oil - A Clinical Appraisal of this
Natural and Long Used Product, Dr. G.R. 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.
Commenting on the use of the oil by over 500 patients in 10 years,
Dr. Hobday noted that there had never been any allergic reactions
from the emu oil reported to him.
Most significantly, Dr. Hobday affirmed that "From clinical
experience with emu oil, it became obvious that its two major
actions were its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability
to penetrate the skin. it also appears to provide some solar
Dr. Hobday's 10 years of clinical usage of emu oil focused on
the skin. The report reveals that "After advising patients
of its experimental nature I have prescribed emu oil for use
in three main areas: dry skin problems, treatment of muscle aches
and pains, and treatment of wounds which had epithelialized'
Results of usage in these three areas are summarised as follows:
· Eczema - emu oil and creams made of emu oil reduce irritation
and inflammation of the skin
· Keloids - significantly reduces recent keloid scarring
· Burns - appears to promote faster healing with less
pain and scarring
· Donor sites in skin grafting - reduced pain and less
· Psoriasis - limited benefit in some patients
· 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.
· 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.
Epithelialized wounds - reduced scar tissue formation, soothing
of wounds after surgery by anti-inflammatory action.
The report concluded that emu oil usage has reached a point where
additional clinical studies are merited to determine its place
in the "medical armamentarium"
Treatment of Burns
Dr. John Griswold, Director of the Timothy J. Hamer Burn Center,
affiliated with the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas,
compiled results from 10 burn patients over a nine month period.
The purpose of the project was to analyse the involvement of
emu oil in the healing process of burn wounds. This initial report
identified two important results from evaluation of the data.
1. Patient comments almost unanimously favoured emu oil as an
end result and during application.
2. There was a unanimous difference noted in photographs taken
of the wounds as far as reduction in scarring and inflammation
done by three observers blinded as to which areas were treated
with emu oil and which areas were control wounds. This difference
was statistically significant.
A Study of Emu Oil: Is it What Your
Skin Is Thirsty For?
Dr. Alexander Zemtsov of Texas Jech University
conducted a study oil the moisturising and cosmetic properties
of the oil and its potential use in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical
Dr. Zemtsov asked himself the question "Why would a company
want to use emu oil in their products?" The proof is in
the results, he says. It has been proven and documented that
the claims about the oil - penetrating, emulsifying, non-comedogenic,
non-irritating, and highly moisturising - are true.
Skin Thickening Study.
A recently completed skin thickness study
using emu oil on elderly patients has indicated exciting results.
Plans for a more extensive study are currently being developed.
"I have discovered numerous benefits
to using the oil," confessed Dr. Matthew Zimmer. "The
epithelial character of the oil is beneficial. The oil also tends
to be bacteriostatic, it keeps the wounds moist, and has transport
capability which are big advantages"
Dr. Zimmer says that by combining emu oil with an antibiotic
or with DMSO and treating sutured wounds with the mixture, he
has not had to change bandages as frequently and has been able
to release injured animals sooner.
"When 1 combine the normal ringworm treatment with the emu
oil, I have found that the disease patch will disappear at a
quicker rate," explained Dr. Zimmer. In dairy cows, I have
found that the emu oil works great on sore, chapped, or ulcerated
teat ends. This is one of the main areas that I use the pure
oil on because we are talking about milk production here. Drugs
will show residues in milk and you cannot have milk enter in
the line with those kinds of residues. As far as I know, emu
oil doesn't appear to have any residue activity at all. it is
similar to a bag balm or udder balm'
Emu Oil Quality Standards
Many developing commercial industries have
product standards that consist of both self-imposed recommendations
or requirements to protect industry interests and of those demanded
by buyers who desire certain characteristics or qualities that
fit their needs.
Standards for emu oil are currently being developed by the Australian
and American Emu Association's Oil Standards Committees.
Worldwide, an increasing number of inventors,
doctors, surgeons. pharmacists and veterinarians share an escalating
interest in emu oil with consumers - many of whom are more than
willing to share testimonials about their personal triumphs with
this unique oil. And as scientists race to find just exactly
how the oil works, new applications for patents on processed
oil and its uses continue to emerge.
A US patent issued in July of 1995, "Anti - inflammatory
Composition Derived from Emu Oil" revealed that 4 inventors
had isolated a yellow-colored component from emu oil that appeared
to be at least one of the active ingredients responsible for
the oil's renowned anti-infiammatory activity.
The impact of this documentation on the anti -inflammatory properties
of emu oil has effects that reach far beyond emu enthusiasts.
Kristi Tomlin, registered pharmacist in Blackwell, Oklahoma,
acknowledges that the main problem with anti-inflammatories currently
on the market is their side effects.
"The oral anti-inflammatories eventually cause stomach discomfort
arid irritation, which in turn leads to other problems,"
she reports. "For those able to endure this irritation,
the next problem is that the anti- inflammatory eventually stops
working. The patient eventually builds a tolerance for the medication,
leaving it ineffective"
Topical applications, too, leave much to be desired. "Most
of the topical applications which require no prescription use
an ingredient derived from a Mexican pepper. Although the warmth
it produces contributes to relief, the products often irritate
and even burn the skin," Kristi observes.
Summarily, the majority of anti -inflammatories on the market
today produce side effects that are often so severe, the consumer
must weigh their benefits against their side effects. However,
in the case of emu oil, laboratory irritation tests conducted
by Emu Ranchers Incorporated (ERI) in 1991 revealed that even
at full strength, emu oil generated irritation levels so low
that the results were comparable to that of water.
In laboratory and clinical tests, as well as marketing studies
oil new products, pure emu oil and compounds formulated with
it have generated surprisingly little irritation. Even current
research of the oral consumption of bacteria-free emu oil has
yet to reveal adverse side effects from oil use. A pharmaceutical
grade of emu oil possessing anti-inflammatory properties with
minimal side effects could alleviate some of the most pressing
concerns regarding the use of anti-inflammatories in the medical
Further, the 1995 patent revealed that the "biologically
active yellow-coloured component may be included in topical,
oral arid systemic compositions for the treatment or prophylaxis
of musculoskeletal and/or dermatological conditions arising from
inflammatory reactions of environmental or systemic origins"
Other findings elaborated on within the patent "clearly
identify the yellow components in emu oil as possessing remarkable
prophylactic anfi-inflammatory/immuno-regulant , apart from their
ability to modulate disease once initiated In other words, it
has the ability to arrest the onset of inflammation (such as
in joints) and allow the immune system to work closer to its
greatest capacity. The patent provides table after table of experiments
conducted with other oils, fats, and compounds used and readily
available on the market today.
Another patent, "Therapeutic Uses of Emu Oil" was awarded
in December of 1995. The patent invention abstract reveals that
"emu oil is therapeutically used in methods for lowering
cholesterol, triglycerides and low density lipoprotein and increasing
high density lipoprotein; preventing and treating allergies;
and relieving discomfort associated with menstruation. Additionally,
emu oil acts as an effective chemical buffet- in combination
with glycolic acid'
Four more emu oil related patents were granted during 1997 alone:
Compositions Comprising Lidocaine And Emu Oil And Methods Of
Use Thereof (Dec 16,1997), Methods Of Using Emu Oil And Active
Fractions Thereof As An Insect Repellent (Oct. 14, 19 97), Therapeutic
Uses Of Emu Oil (Sep. 2, 1997), and Method Of Using EMU Oil As
An insect Repellent (May 6, 1997).
The 1997 patent abstracts and summaries contain some exciting
findings, indicating the a amazing number of applications in
which emu oil may be used.
Lidocaine and Emu Oil
The patent "Compositions Comprising Lidocaine
And Emu Oil Arid Methods Of Use Thereof" was granted to
inventor Daniel Rivlin of Miami Florida The patent abstract relates
that "...the present compositions and methods permit rapid
and effective anaesthesia of cornified skin, such that various
surgeries and interventions can be performed without the need
for subcutaneous injections of local anaesthetics... "
Rivlin, who specialises in dermatology, says "The thing
that interested me was the ability of the oil to penetrate through
the skin - the transdermal penetration. And for years I had been
thinking about how great it would be to have a product that could
be used as a vehicle to help penetrate lidocaine (an anaesthetic)
into the skin so that needles wouldn't have to be used. After
I was told about the oil I decided to give it a try and worked
out a formulation and that's how the patent came about"
Emu Oil as an Insect Repellent
The patent "Methods Of Using Emu Oil
And Active Fractions Thereof As An Insect Repellent" was
assigned to AgraQuest, Inc., Davis, California. The patent relates
that its three inventors, have established a method for repelling
biting insects by using a topically applied mixture containing
emu oil and/or diluted emu oil.
Therapeutic Uses of Emu Oil
"Therapeutic Uses of Emu Oil" US
Patent# 5,662,9 21, was issued in September of 1997.
The patent invention abstract reveals that "Emu oil is therapeutically
used in methods for lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and low
density lipoproteins and increasing high density lipoproteins;
and treating allergies; and relieving discomfort associated with
Interestingly, observations in the patent assert that "It
has been discovered that administration of emu oil on a regular
basis results in lowering cholesterol, triglyceride and low density
lipoproteins (LDL's) and increasing levels of high density lipoproteins
(HDL's) it also states that "regular use of emu oil results
in improving the rate of growth and condition of nails. Additionally
emu oil can be used to prevent scarring when applied to a newly
received cut or burn. It also diminishes old scars'
Further patent data may of high interest especially to women,
for it relates that "stretch marks, such as those acquired
during pregnancy, can be prevented by application of emu oil.
Additionally, application of emu oil diminishes or completely
erases existing stretch marks" The patent makes a total
of 4 claims.
First World Patent
The first patent in the world pertaining to
the use of emu oil preparations was awarded in 1990. This patent
summarised tests whereby an active component of emu oil was demonstrated
to have anti- inflammatory properties. Pharmaceutical compositions
consisting of emu oil and dermal transport enhancing compounds
were disclosed as useful topical anti -inflammatory treatments.
Interestingly, the patent recognises that "the strong absorption
of UV light in the range of 260-34Onm exhibited by the emu oil
would also contribute to this dermal -protecting property since
radiation within this wavelength is known to be associated with
connective tissue/cell damage and carcinogenesis". The patent
indicates that the oil alone can be effective on topical inflammation
and appears to be a natural sunscreen.
Applications For Emu Oil
Today, emu oil is being applied to a wide
range of maladies and afflictions, and has been formulated into
hundreds different types of personal care products for consumers.
It is being used in cosmetics, skin care products, burn creams
and lotions, arthritis pain formulations, perfumes, sunburn relief
products, lip balms, etc. it is being used by veterinarians as
a moisturising aid and for scar reduction, as well as by pet
owners in pet shampoos and hair care products. The use of emu
oil as an ingredient has been sought for its natural anti-inflammatory,
moisturising, and therapeutic properties. Accordingly, when combined
with other ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, it has been
shown to demonstrate a synergistic penetrating ability.
Emu oil is currently being used in and for the following applications:
· Massage oils
· Pharmaceutical and Health care
· Therapeutic Products
· Burns Bruising, Sprains and Muscle Pain due to falls
sports and athletic related muscle problems
The following are excerpts from the article
"Making The Case for Emu Oil in the Prevention of Coronary
Artery Disease" by Dr. Leigh Hopkins:
Heart disease remains a major cause of premature death despite
a dramatic decline in many Western countries over the last 25
years. In addition to obesity and smoking, a number of risk factors
have been linked to heart disease including:
· high low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels
· high triglyceride levels
· high blood pressure
· low high density lipoproteins (HDL)
· an increased clotting tendency
Each of these metabolic risk factors can be regulated by dietary
changes, particularly by alterations in dietary fat intake.
The question remains, what is the right mix of fats in the diet?
Very thin and very overweight people can have imbalances if in
their fats. The body needs an optimum dietary fat mixture Emu
oil contains a fat mixture that is nearly identical to the fat
profile of the human body. It is a little higher in the essential
fat portion, which is likely to be a benefit. Therefore, emu
oil can be considered to be a balanced fat. Consumption of emu
oil will help balance the excess quantities of saturated fat
in most diets. Since the body's fat stores have accumulated over
many years, it will take many months or years to correct these
stores to their proper balance. Emu oil and a proper weight control
and exercise program are a prescription to better health.
To summarise: Dietary fatty acids have pharmacologic as well
as physiologic actions. low levels of PUFA and MUFA are strong
biological market's that predict premature death from coronary
artery disease and cancer. Polyunsaturated fats and their eicosanoid
metabolites are potent biological modifiers. The proper balance
of fats in the diet, as found in emu oil, is critical to a healthy
The following are, excerpts from the article "Using Emu
Oil for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" by Dr. Leigh Hopkins:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury reported
at an increasing rate in the US work force. Anyone who does repetitive
work with their hands and arms is susceptible. Musicians, cooks,
writers, typists and others complain of finger stiffness in the
morning, a weakened grip and pain in the hands and wrists.
The syndrome occurs when the tendons in the wrist become inflamed
after some type of aggravation such as typing or writing. These
tendons pass between the bones and ligaments in the palm of the
hand in a constricted area called a tunnel. Treatment includes
resting the hands using splints. Oral and injected anti-inflammatory
drugs such as ibuprofen are also common treatments. Surgery may
be used to expand the tunnel and reduce the pressure on the nerve
that is causing the pain.
An uncommon but very effective treatment is to take vitamins
B6 and B2 Emu oil may act in an anti-Inflammatory manner to relieve
the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome similar to oral anti-inflammatory
drugs such as aspirin and Motrin. Vitamins B6 and B2 can be taken
for 3 months at a daily dose of 300 mg for each vitamin. These
should be taken in 100 mg doses at each meal. If, after a trial
of 3 months there is no benefit from the use of emu oil and the
B vitamins, you should seek other therapies since permanent nerve
damage may occur in some people.
Note: The information provided is strictly educational
and not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment,
consult your physician.
Using Emu Oil To Lose Weight
The following are excerpts from the article
"Using Emu Oil to lose Weight ... or....Why Emu Oil Increases
Your Metabolic Rate" by Dr. Leigh Hopkins:
Weight control is a national obsession and obesity is an expanding
problem. There appear to be as many diet programs as dieters.
It is important to understand what factors influence our metabolic
rate. Eating a fat may seem not to make sense if a individual
seeks to lose weight.
Of the approximately 50 nutrients which must be eaten, linoleic
acid (found in emu oil) has the highest daily requirement. Obese
people may require more essential fats than thin people. To have
a successful diet, all 50 essential nutrients must be eaten in
adequate quantities, otherwise the body will not work at peak
efficiency. Simply assuring adequate quantities of these 50 nutrients
may increase a sense of well being and energy and result in a
lower weight by increasing a low metabolic rate.
While the essential fatty acids contain all the calories of other
fats, they are only used for energy when they are taken in excess,
otherwise, they are very metabolically active. They stimulate
metabolism, increase metabolic rate and oxidation, and thereby
increase the rate of consumption of fats and glucose. When essential
fats are 12-15% of the total calories they help a person to lose
weight and stay slim. Essential fats are used for structural,
hormonal and electrical functions, not for energy. Hence, essential
fats help in weight control.
It is very important to understand that a reduction in calories
does not necessarily result in successful weight loss. Why? Because
the body ratchets down its metabolic rate during caloric restriction.
This is a normal defensive response as the body tries to conserve
energy when it detects pending starvation due to inadequate calories.
To have a successful weight reduction program, an increase in
the metabolic rate is desirable in order to burn more calories.
Exercise causes an increase in the metabolic rate and burns calories.
In summary, a successful dieting program requires the ingestion
of all 50 of the essential nutrients. The essential nutrient
with the largest daily requirement is linoleic acid which is
found in emu oil. These nutrients plus adequate calories required
for the resting metabolic rate are the foundation for a weight
reduction program. Careful calorie reduction and increased exercise
will aid in the gradual loss of weight.
Note.. The information provided is strictly educational
and not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment,
consult your physician.
The Benefits of Emu Oil
Research has demonstrated that the emu possesses
a unique oil which bears closer scrutiny as a valuable commodity
in a marketplace that favours natural, environmentally friendly
products and demands effective relief without side effects.
Emu oil has been documented to exhibit the
following properties and/or used for the following
· anti-inflammatory activity
· cholesterol reduction
· penetration enhancer for topical skin products
· significant epidermal proliferative activity
· non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging)
· significant wound healing agent to provide essential
· significantly reduces recent keloid scarring
· to promote faster healing of burns with less pain and
· weight reduction
· excellent emulsifier
Though the oil has been used in commercial applications for some
time in Australia, the first emu oil products produced in the
United States did not appear until 1992.
Emu Oil Today
Emu oil appears to be one of the undiscovered secrets of the
modern world. As a natural ingredient that has enjoyed a treasured
place among the ancient peoples of Australia for centuries, it
has just begun to share its benefits to the Industrialised world
in the last decade. This natural remedy has already found a place
in the international cosmetic marketplace and aggressive research
and marketing by companies who have identified its value are
racing for the lead in a competitive marketplace.
A growing cache of testimonials, research data, and unmistakable
benefits from the oil has lead to an exploration of a myriad
of commercial applications. It has invited the scrutiny of the
medical profession, the scientific community and the health -conscious
consumer to explore the health related aspects of the oil. It
shows promise as an organic additive in applications as diverse
as medicine, food, and even industrial equipment. This natural
substance offers the benefits of pain relief without the side
effects of harsh drugs. No other oil offers the versatility of
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