Emu Oil Helps Chemotherapy Patients
Scientists in Australia have found that emu oil – taken from the fat of the native flightless birds – can help
chemotherapy patients by repairing bowel damage.
By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
9:39AM BST 15 Apr 2013
The oil, which has been long used by Aborigines to treat skin wounds, was discovered to be capable of speeding
the repair of the intestines and treating a variety of common bowel diseases.
Researchers at Adelaide University found the oil is an effective anti-inflammatory and can accelerate the repair
of the bowels by stimulating growth of intestinal "crypts", which assist with absorbing food.
Up to 60 per cent of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy receive painful intestinal ulcers but there are
currently "no effective treatment options", the researchers said.
"We have now done sufficient studies in the laboratory to show that emu oil has potential to help reduce the
debilitating symptoms of these conditions and to enhance intestinal recovery," said Professor Gordon Howarth, the
The study showed the oil produced greater elongation of intestinal crypts – which demonstrated enhanced recovery
and repair – and reduced the severity of damage in intestines affected with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory