Traditional Medicinal Oils Sourced from Birds: Anti-inflammatories and Potential Immunoregulants

Prog Drug Res. 2015;70:155-78. doi: 10.1007/978-3-0348-0927-6_5.


This chapter describes medicinal oils of animal origin, used in Africa and Australasia both for nutritional and medicinally for treating pain and inflammation. Analytical studies of composition, bio-efficacy and their remarkable safety are described. For obtaining reproducible benefits, it is very important to introduce Quality Controls whenever possible. These should cover all stages of production, storage and certify the 'truth in their advertising': to help eliminate adulterated products and false claims for purity and potency.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology*
  • Birds
  • Oils / pharmacology*
  • Struthioniformes


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Oils
  • emu Oil