Treating various aches and pains with emu oil

“I was wondering what you thought of EMU oil,” writes an HSI member named Carol. “I am in the process of ordering some for a sciatic nerve and back problem.”

Sciatica is a leg and buttock pain that’s caused by inflamed muscles in the lower back that put pressure on the sciatic nerve. According to the Emu Oil Institute (EOI), studies have shown that emu oil, applied topically, produces an anti-inflammatory effect that can relieve Sciatica. Emu oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Emu oil is taken from the fat of the emu, an Australian bird that resembles an ostrich. But when Carol goes shopping for this unique oil, she should be aware that some emu oil products are refined, while others are only rendered. The EOI warns that rendered oil has only been filtered and may contain contaminants.

For many centuries, emu oil has been used by Aborigines to relieve joint and muscle pain, and to moisturize skin. It’s reputed to be non-toxic with no adverse side effects, but you should consult with your doctor or a naturopath before using the oil.

To find out how other HSI members have put emu oil to work in treating various aches and pains, just visit our web site ( and click on “Forum” to access the HSI Healthier Talk community forums. Using the search term “emu,” you’ll find discussions about bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and more.

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