How Effective Is Emu Oil for Arthritis?

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Some studies have shown that the use of emu oil for arthritis can help reduce stiffness, pain, and inflammation. The oil has been used in Australia for thousands of years for its healing properties of abrasions and other skin irritation. The exact way emu oil works is being studied, but it likely has something to do with the fatty acids and antioxidants it contains.

Although modern medicine is just now realizing the benefits of using emu oil for arthritis and other conditions, it has been used in many parts of the world for centuries. It has many anti-inflammatory properties which can get rid of the swollen joints and swelling associated with arthritis. Emu oil has also been shown to reduce pain and prevent recurrence in those who use it regularly. Some natural health practitioners have reported great results when using emu oil with their patients.

Emu oil can be used topically in oil or cream form, or it can be taken as an oral capsule. Both methods may also be used for maximum benefits. The oil is often sold in bottles as is, or it can be added to lotions and creams to be applied to the skin. Sufferers can rub it directly onto the spot where pain or stiffness occurs for the best results.


The use of emu oil for arthritis may be useful in other ways as well. Aside from its anti-inflammatory agents, it is also loaded with antioxidants. These substances prevent and can even reverse certain signs of aging. This allows the body to heal itself more thoroughly and may reduce arthritis symptoms this way. Oral supplementation may be best in this case, although emu oil is readily absorbed into the skin as well. A combination of oral and topical supplements may be the best option.

When purchasing emu oil, it is best to ensure that a pure product is chosen. Some are made from organically fed emus so that they are as natural as possible. Patients are also encouraged to read ingredients carefully to determine if a particular product also contains additional ingredients.

Although it is generally considered safe, anyone considering emu oil for arthritis treatment should check with a doctor or pharmacist first. This is especially important for those who are taking additional drugs or supplements. It is important to continue taking any prescribed medications unless otherwise directed by a doctor.


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Post 3

I don't know if emu oil helps with mild arthritis, that is, arthritis in its early stages. But it does not help with advanced arthritis. I have tried emu oil, among many other natural remedies, and it did not work. It moisturized my skin, but it did not reduce my arthritis symptoms at all.

I also have not seen any studies proving that emu oil works for arthritis. I don't know if any new study has been published about it. I think that emu oil manufacturers often promote the use of emu oil for arthritis for obvious reasons. But if it really was effective as they claim, doctors would recommend it and everyone with arthritis would be using it.

Post 2

@turquoise-- I was not sure that emu oil would work either but it really does. I bought an emu oil arthritis balm for my mom and she used it on her hands and neck. She absolutely loved it and told me that emu oil got rid of her pain and stiffness.

It is known that emu oil has anti-inflammatory effects and arthritis is an inflammatory condition. So it makes sense that emu oil would help.

Some emu oil products also have additional pain relieving ingredients like eucalyptus.

Post 1

I have a hard time believing that fat from a bird can help with arthritis. Has anyone here used emu oil for arthritis and actually saw an improvement?

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