Evaluation Of Emu Oils For Beneficial Effects When Applied To The Skin To Alleviate Both Local And Distal Pain And Inflammation

Evaluation Of Emu Oils For Beneficial Effects When Applied To The Skin To Alleviate Both Local And Distal Pain And Inflammation

Dr. Michael Whitehouse

University of Adelaide, Australia

1996

Principal findings consisted of (1) Emu oil varied considerably in their ability to suppress the arthritic inflammation; (2) Some oil samples were particularly effective in suppressing development of the rat polyarthritis; (3) Their anti-arthritic activity was enhanced by facilitating skin penetration using known/novel penetration enhancers, and (4) Potent concentrates could be prepared by solvent extraction and other fractionation procedures which were low in Triglycerides, contained a range of active molecules and under some conditions, consistently prevented development of the rat polyarthritis (in contrast to conventional anti-inflammatory drugs). Their findings also confirmed other evidence which suggested that different emu oils possessed different levels of potency.

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