Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an injury or an infection, characterized by redness, heat, swelling, pain and dysfunction of the organs involved. There are both acute (immediate) and chronic (long-term) inflammation and have some interesting distinctions.
Stubbing your toe or getting bit by a mosquito causes acute inflammation, which is actually a signal that your body has begun to heal the affected area. Because of the above-mentioned characteristics, the inflammation is both a positive (healing) and a negative (bothersome).
Chronic inflammation is more serious in that it is both healing and destructive at the same time and tends to proliferate and worsen over time. Allergies and auto-immune diseases are examples of chronic inflammation.
Knowing about inflammation is great, but the real issue is what to do about it! According to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Roseworthy Campus, University of Adelaide, Roseworthy, SA, Australia, orally administered emu oil decreases acute inflammation in lab rats. They were being treated for mucositis resulting from cancer chemotherapy. “Emu oil decreased acute ileal inflammation, and improved mucosal architecture in the intestine during recovery from chemotherapy in rats.”
Emu oil has been found to be effective most evidently in topical applications because the transdermal qualities allow the emu oil to penetrate the skin and heal lesions and injuries, such as bug bites, bruises, scrapes, burns, and rashes.