Emu oil benefits are so diverse that new ways of using the product are being found by researchers all over the world. If you are undergoing cancer treatment, you will be happy to know that using emu oil together with the treatment will improve the results of cancer therapy.
Almost 50% of cancer patients get radiation therapy at one point during treatment. Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or waves to destroy cancer cells. These waves or high-energy particles include electron beams, gamma rays, X-rays and protons. Radiation makes small breaks in the DNA of cells. Cancer cells divide faster than most cells. The breaks made by radiation to the DNA in the cancer cells slows the dividing and growth of cancer cell. They eventually die.
While the treatment has been found to be effective in treating cancer, patients getting this treatment report ‘radiation dermatitis’. This is better known as radiation burns. It can manifest as short term redness and skin peeling. Long term changes include thinning skin (skin atrophy), spider veins (telangiectasias) and scarring (fibrosis). Some of the emu oil benefits include treating these conditions.
Emu oil has analgesic properties. When applied on the treated area, the oil will immediately start soothing the skin. The oil is an all-natural anti-inflammatory which will reduce swelling and redness. Emu oils have been known for their efficacy in soothing thermal burns (burns that result from contact with a heated object like steam, boiling water) and sunburn (this is a form of radiation burn). When applied, the oil works by speeding up the healing as well as reducing scarring.
How to Use Emu Oil
The regular use of emu oils can improve the thickness and health of the skin. For the best results, it is recommended to apply the oil at least two times a day on the area that will be treated for at least two weeks before cancer therapy. Doing so will bring the skin to optimum health. As a result, the skin will be able to cope better with the effects of the treatment.
When using the oil before treatment, make sure you use only a small amount and give it time to be absorbed into the skin. If there is oil remaining on the surface it might interfere with the treatment. That is why most radiologists advice not to use any treatment before the therapy. You can apply the oil immediately after the treatment and continue applying frequently at least every 2 to 4 hours for at least 24 hours. Emu oil soaks into the skin in 30 to 60 seconds. If it doesn’t, there is a chance you used more oil than needed.