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Emu oil is featured in 60+ medical research papers

The many benefits of emu oil have been the focus of numerous academic studies. As more is discovered about this incredible oil, so too does the research behind it. Below is a summary of the more prominent trials and research articles which have been conducted. Click on the title of each study to visit the full page on the PubMed website.

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For inflammation

Emu Oil Reduces LPS-Induced Production of Nitric Oxide and TNF-α but not Phagocytosis in RAW 264 Macrophages

The results indicated that emu oil reduced the LPS-induced production of NO, TNF-α, and iNOS expression in a dose-dependent manner.
These latter products enhance the inflammatory response and emu oil thereby demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.

For gut inflammation

Emu Oil: a novel therapeutic for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract?

Emu Oil, when administered topically and orally, has been shown to possess significant anti-inflammatory properties in vivo.
Emu Oil could therefore form the basis of an adjunct to conventional treatment approaches for inflammatory disorders affecting the gastrointestinal system.

Wound healing & breastfeeding

Emu Oil (LactMed)

It has been used as a moisturizing agent and some animal data indicate that in might promote wound healing and decrease inflammation.
An emu oil-based cream (Clemulina Pus cream, Sitar Laboratories, Padua, Italy) applied to the nipples and areolas of breastfeeding mothers after each nursing appeared to improve skin hydration

Wound healing & hair growth

Effects of Topical Emu Oil on Burn Wounds in the Skin of Balb/c Mice

The findings indicate that although Emu oil delays the healing process, it has a positive effect on wound healing and it increases the number of hair follicles in the margins of the wound.
The number of hair follicles in the margins of the wounds increased through time in the Emu oil group compared to the control group.

Wound healing

Anti-inflammatory activity and healing-promoting effects of topical application of emu oil on wound in scalded rats

After application of emu oil, the swelling and effusion of the burn wound were alleviated and evidences of wound infection or adverse effects were not observed. Pathological examination showed that emu oil could alleviate topical inflammation, which was particularly obvious on days 1 and 3 after injury as compared with the other two groups.

Multipurpose review

Review on emu products for use as complementary and alternative medicine

emu oil is an attractive pharmacologic agent to further explore for its therapeutic activity to treat various ailments.

Crohn's & inflammatory bowel diseases

Orally administered emu oil attenuates disease in a mouse model of Crohn's-like colitis

emu oil reduced overall disease severity and facial grimace scores in TNBS mice. These results suggest therapeutic potential for orally administered emu oil in the management of Crohn's disease.

Transdermal delivery of medicines

Efficacy of Emu Oil Transfersomes for Local Transdermal Delivery of 4-OH Tamoxifen in the Treatment of Breast Cancer

This study demonstrated the potential use of emu oil in a local transdermal formulation for the treatment of breast cancer and its reduced adverse effects.

An enhancer for cell-based therapeutics

The emu oil emulsified in egg lecithin and butylated hydroxytoluene enhanced the proliferation, stemness gene expression, and in vitro wound healing of adipose-derived stem cells

Emu oil enhanced proliferation, colony formation, stemness genes expression, and in vitro wound healing of ASCs. These findings suggest that emu oil treatment could maintain the stemness of ex vivo cultivated ASCs and enhance their regenerative potential.

Ulcerative colitis

Emu Oil reduces disease severity in a mouse model of chronic ulcerative colitis

Emu Oil attenuated clinically- and histologically-assessed disease severity in a mouse model of chronic UC. Emu Oil demonstrates promise as an adjunct to conventional treatment options for UC management.

Transdermal delivery, inflammation & arthritis

Emu oil based nano-emulgel for topical delivery of curcumin

...indicated significant improvement in anti-inflammatory activity with formulations containing curcumin in combination with emu oil compared to pure curcumin.
These encouraging results demonstrate the potential of formulations containing curcumin and emu oil combination in rheumatoid arthritis.

Intestinal inflammation

Emu Oil Combined with Lyprinol™ Reduces Small Intestinal Damage in a Rat Model of Chemotherapy-Induced Mucositis

Emu Oil combined with Lyprinol™ partially reduced acute small intestinal inflammation. Isolating bioactive constituents of these naturally sourced oils could provide a more targeted strategy to protect against intestinal mucositis.

Crohn's disease

Emu oil offers protection in Crohn's disease model in rats

The combination of emu oil and aloe vera exhibited enhanced effect resulting in significant protection from indomethacin induced ulceration.

Newborn skin health

Emu oil-based lotion effects on neonatal skin barrier during transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life

a single application of an emu oil-based lotion was effective in improving heel stratum corneum hydration, which increases both skin pH and elasticity without any effect on temperature.


Antagonism of croton oil inflammation by topical emu oil in CD-1 mice

...topical emu oil has anti-inflammatory properties in the CD-1 mouse that are associated with decreased auricular thickness and weight

Seborrheic dermatitis

Comparing the efficacy of Emu oil with clotrimazole and hydrocortisone in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis: A clinical trial

Comparing with topical clotrimazole, emu oil resulted in significantly more improvement of erythema (p:0.01).
Emu oil is a potentially useful agent that significantly improves itching, erythema and scales associated with SD; however, it was less effective than hydrocortisone and clotrimazole


Amelioration of FCA induced arthritis on topical application of curcumin in combination with emu oil

Topical delivery of curcumin with emu oil holds promise as a noninvasive and efficacious intervention for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis and it assists in further development of a topical formulation of curcumin using emu oil as a vehicle.

Radiation dermatitis

Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study of Processed Ultra Emu Oil Versus Placebo in the Prevention of Radiation Dermatitis

This pilot study confirmed the safety of oil-based skin treatments during radiation therapy and suggests a trend for reduced skin toxicity for patients receiving emu oil.


Efficacy of Topical Application of Emu Oil on Areola Skin Barrier in Breastfeeding Women

Emu oil-based cream was found to be effective in improving stratum corneum hydration of breast areolae (mean ± standard deviation, from 56.9 ± 18.2 to 65.0 ± 17.2 conventional units, P < .003) and did not affect skin pH, temperature, or elasticity.

Wound healing

Ratite oils promote keratinocyte cell growth and inhibit leukocyte activation

This preliminary investigation suggests that emu oil might promote wound healing by accelerating the growth rate of keratinocytes. Combined with anti-inflammatory properties, ratite oil may serve as a useful component in bandages and ointments for the treatment of wounds and inflammatory skin conditions.