Everything You'll Ever Need to Know 
about EMU Oil
By Marce Parrish-Hanson



We've all fallen for ads on new products and ended up disappointed. Occasionally, something delivers true quality . . . which brings us to emu oil. Emu products may be new to the United States, but for centuries, emus have provided Australians with medicinal oil, mainly for skin irritations. Additional research has been implemented, however, and impressive statistics are catching the eyes of scientists worldwide.

Studies have been conducted by Australian researchers and at the University of Texas Medical School, the Arthritis Clinic in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and the Indiana School of Medicine. Findings have shown emu oil to be effective in treating bursitis, carpal tunnel, psoriasis, eczema, burns, bruising, muscle pain, scars and joint pain. Use of emu oil by the Soho Burn Unit and the Texas Shriners Hospital resulted in burn patients recovering sooner and requiring fewer skin grafts. Radiation and chemo patients have benefitted from the oil's medicinal properties, which enhances vein elasticity and aids in healing radiation burns.

Arthritis-based research projects during 1988 by Australian physicians, resulted with all arthritic study participants becoming pain free after 14 days of topical application of emu oil. Joint swelling and related pain was reduced significantly by day 11 of the study, and disappeared completely by day 14. Further double-bind studies are underway, and to date, no side effects have resulted from using emu oil, according to Australian doctor, G.R. Hobday.

Because of its almost 100 percent triglyceride nature and noncome-dogenic properties (which translated means it doesn't clog your pores), emu oil is absorbed quickly through the skin. That makes it an outstanding way to deliver the therapeutic benefits of other medications, like antifungals, steroids, antihistamines, anesthetics and immunosuppressive drugs. The oleic acid present in the emu oil is a known enhancer for the transport of bioactive compounds into the skin.

The non-clogging benefit has also caught the attention of cosmetic companies, who are quickly recognizing the money-making potential the oil holds in taking its place in creams, lotions and shampoos. Since it is rich in fatty acids, it is an excellent skin hydrating product and promotes natural healing. Researchers believe continued use of emu oil will help "plump" up the skin's underlying layer, and some say, reduce the appearance of fine lines - which at $15 a bottle is quite a bargain compared to the $60 creams at leading department store cosmetic counters.

Research on emu oil is ongoing in Australia, France and the United States, and patents are pending to allow the oil to be ingested as a possible cholesterol-lowering pill. The oil has also proven to be beneficial.

Marce Parrish-Hanson is a former San Diego police woman, medically-retired San Diego County Deputy Marshal. She is the Special Interest Editor for "The Informant", a monthly publication of the San Diego Police Dept. Her work has been published nationally and internationally, in markets such as "Writer's Yearbook '92", "Women's World," and the San Diego-Union Tribune, to name a few. Marce specializes in health and general interest articles and personal profiles. If you have questions please feel free to e-mail her at marceparrishhanson@yahoo.com .

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