a flightless bird from Australia solve your hair loss problem?
Sounds a little far fetched? Well it may not be, we did some
research into the latest Emu Oil craze and came up with some
really compelling reasons to use it.
a little history about Emus and their oil.
Emu is a large flightless bird found only in Australia. It's
approximately 5 to 6 feet tall and weighs 80 to 100 lbs. and
is the second largest bird in the world after the ostrich. It
has a long neck and long legs and can run very fast and also
swim. Emus are bred for their meat, which is a low fat alternative
to beef. One of the by-products is Emu Oil. The oil is derived
from the fat on the Emu that exists on their backs between the
leather and meat. This fat is much like lard and is taken for
rendering and further finishing stages when the emus are processed.
Once its been processed it is refined to remove any trace of
and organic substances. The refined Emu Oil can vary in color
from a creamy white to a yellow color.
native aboriginal people of Australia used Emu Oil for thousands
of years to gain relief from minor aches and pains, to help
heal wounds quicker, and protect their skin from harsh elements
of the wind and sun. They hung emu leathers out in the hot sun
and the oil was collected as it dripped out. There are even
reports of Captain Cook using Emu Oil and it has also been used
as cooking oil, as burning oil in lamps and for
softening and protecting leather.
medicinal use of Emu Oil was among many natural remedies adopted
by settlers from the original inhabitants of Australia, in the
treatment of bruised tissue, burns and dry skin problems. As
early as 1860, a London academic publication described how the
Aboriginal people and early Australian settlers used Emu Oil
to heal wounds, reduce pain and relieve various muscular disorders.
recent research funded by Emu farmers, Emu oil has reemerged
into the spotlight as more people seek natural cures for many
of today's ailments. Unfortunately this has also caused some
unethical sellers to make all kinds of unproven claims about
Emu Oil including touting it as a cure for cancer and AIDS.
In the FDA Consumer magazine November-December 1999 issue, they
warn of Emu Oil being promoted as a cure all for many different
types of ailments. This unfortunately has given some people
that Emu Oil is a snake oil.
there are ethical sellers of Emu Oil who don't make unfounded
claims and who are interested in funding scientific studies
to prove the various benefits ascribed to Emu Oil. Neil Williams,
President of The American Emu Association gave the following
reply in response to the FDA article on Emu Oil.
president of the American Emu Association, representing more
than 1,000 Emu producers, I know that the company making these
claims is not a member of the American Emu Association and your
example is certainly not representative of our industry. In
fact, our producers take every precaution against making claims
about any emu product. We see the claims you used--of curing
a wide range of unrelated diseases--as irresponsible, and the
personal testimonial about Alzheimer's disease is abhorrent
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Are you going to start using Emu Oil?
while some people have made false claims about Emu oil and its
properties there are other responsible scientists who have done
legitimate research on Emu Oil. Some of their finding have attributed
the following benefits to Emu Oil; its an anti-inflammatory;
promotes wound healing; enhances penetration of other compounds
through the skin. In addition to this many people have claimed
it has helped them with hair growth, dandruff, eczema, scar
reduction and improving the overall quality of the skin.
how and why does Emu Oil work?
to scientific analysis of Emu oil, it is made up of 70% unsaturated
fats, with approximately 50% Oleic Acid, up to 20% Linoleic
acid ( Omega 6) and up to 2% of Linolenic ( Omega 3). All of
these are deemed as Essential Fatty Acids with each having its
own beneficial properties for the skin and body. Oleic acid
and linolenic acid are both known to have anti-inflammatory
properties. In addition, studies have shown that the fatty acid
composition of Emu Oil contains a unique ratio of C-16 saturated
and C-18 unsaturated components. This gives it a unique ability
to penetrate deep into the skin, reaching tissues faster than
most other topically applied products.
to Revivogen co-founder Dr Alan Shargani:
know from Liao studies that C18 fatty acids are the most potent
inhibitors of 5 alpha reductase, with Gamma Linoleic Acid being
the most potent and Oleic being the least potent as far as inhibition.
Since only 0.01% of Oleic acid in Emu Oil will be in the free
form the DHT inhibition is not even a factor here and very unlikely
to be responsible for the claimed positive effects."
On the other hand Oleic acid, GLA and ALA have very potent anti-inflammatory
properties that are also documented in other studies involving
Emu Oil, Borage oil, and Flax seed oil, which are also reach
in these fatty acids. Therefore if the claims of positive effects
for Androgenetic Alopecia are true then they are most likely
due to the anti-inflammatory properties of these fatty acids
and not 5 alpha-reductase inhibitory properties."
Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Physiology,
and Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, conducted
a study involving Emu Oil, and the results were so outstanding
that they quickly became a topic of conversation in many medical
and other journals.
found that there was about a 20% increase in the proliferative
activity, or the growth activity of the skin in the animals...
" said Dr. Holick. "And when we looked at the
hair follicles, and the thickness of the skin, it showed that
the hair follicles were much more robust, and that the skin
thickness was remarkably increased, suggesting... the stimulation
of skin growth and hair growth in these animals. Also, we discovered
in the same test that over 80% of hair follicles that had been
asleep were woken up, and began growing hair."
Hollick applied for and was awarded two patents for Emu Oil
under the title "Use of Emu Oil for stimulating skin
and hair growth." In the US Patents 5,958,384 &
5,744,128 the following description is given:
present invention is directed to the discovery that topical
or parenteral administration of Emu Oil to a mammal stimulates
the proliferation of skin. Emu oil can be used to treat skin
wrinkles and rejuvenate aged and photo-damaged skin. It has
also been discovered that Emu Oil can be topically applied to
stimulate melanogenesis in the skin and to stimulate hair growth.
Thus, Emu Oil is useful to treat pigmentation disorders such
as hypopigmentation, stimulating melanogenesis to enhance skin
tanning, and treating disorders relating to disturbances in
hair cycling such as Alopecia, male pattern baldness, female
baldness, and chemotherapy-induced Alopecia."
is believed that Dr Hollick will soon begins studies on human
test subjects for hair regrowth using Emu Oil based substances.
are already people who have begun experimenting with Emu Oil.
Here are some unsolicited testimonials taken from Internet discussion
jumped on the Emu Oil bandwagon late last December. Although
it's too early to draw any conclusions yet, I have made a few
observations I thought I'd share. The most striking is that
I see virtually no dandruff anymore. Since my dramatic thinning
in 1999, whenever I run my hands through my hair little white
flakes would precipitate down like an October snow flurry--even
after I started shampooing with Nizoral 1%."
if people are reporting regrowth with the use of both Emu Oil
and minox then dont give all the credit to minox because im
using Emu Oil alone and growing hair..."
been on Pickart's (expensive) Emu for 3 1/2 months and have
had as much new vellus growth -especially near my temples and
crown as when I began Propecia and Xandrox. The temple area
regrowth is from hair loss over 12 years old. I have no idea
how or why it works and it is theoretically possible I would
have experienced this "spurt" without Emu. However,
I've been a fast responder to all of the various treatments
and it seems unlikely. In addition, I can report that beginning
DAY One on Pickart's Emu, the "green flaking" and
itching from the propylene glycol in Xandrox (and folligen)
decreased about 90%. This may be due to the tocopherol's included
in Pickart's Emu and not the Emu itself."
its clear that even though Emu Oil has not yet been tested for
hair growth, it does have some very beneficial properties for
hair loss sufferers and is a worthwhile addition to any hair
growth routine. Emu Oil, because of its anti-inflammatory properties,
may be the ideal Rogaine chaser that can be applied afterwards
to minimize the scalp itchiness that some people experience.
There is also evidence that Emu Oil enhances the penetration
of drugs through the skin and the anti-inflammatory properties
are extremely valuable in themselves. If you are applying Emu
Oil we suggest applying it at night because it is oily and should
be washed out in the morning.
what kinds of Emu Oil should you get and how much does it cost?
Oil is obtained from the fat of the Emu and is an all-natural
substance. When processed, the fat is taken through a series
of steps to refine, sterilize and deodorize it. Not all Emu
Oil on the market is "refined" so consumers should
beware. Some forms of Emu Oil are simply "rendered";
this means the oil has only been filtered, and may contain contaminants.
Always ask for "refined" or "pure" Emu Oil.
Oil is fairly inexpensive and the cost varies from site to site
and store to store, but typically the cost of Emu Oil is:
oz (29ml) Pure Emu Oil $4.95 - $8.95
2 oz (59ml) Pure Emu Oil $8.95 - $15.95
4 oz (118ml) Pure Emu Oil $18.95 - $21.95
after much research we feel that Emu Oil is a cheap and useful
hair loss treatment, either used on its own or in combination
with other products like Rogaine. In addition its proven scientific
benefits make it a safe and valuable addition to any hair loss