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{"id":556248891465,"title":"Emuaid Review: Does Homeopathic Skin Cream Work?","created_at":"2022-02-26T22:48:51-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Emuaid Review: Does Homeopathic Skin Cream Work?\",\n \"keywords\": \"emuaid, emuaid review, emuaid reviews, emuaid max, emuaid cream, emuaid for hemorrhoids, emuaid pros and cons, emuaid ingredients\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD and research team reviews the ingredients in Emuaid and Emuaid Max based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be safe and effective for treating skin conditions. 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The brand claims their products can treat over 100 skin conditions, including eczema, hemorrhoids, athlete’s foot, cold sores and many more.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in Emuaid and Emuaid Max based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be safe and effective for treating skin conditions. We’ll also discuss some hesitations we have about homeopathic remedies generally.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhat is Homeopathy?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHomeopathy is a type of alternative medicine that’s rarely practiced in the U.S. It involves using extremely dilute amounts of natural ingredients to cure a wide range of diseases. As \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nccih.nih.gov\/health\/homeopathy\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003edocumented\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e by the National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health (NCCIH), one of the core tenets of homeopathy is that the lower the dose of medication the more effective the treatment, which is illogical and false.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAn \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/26678738\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eextensive medical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of homeopathy was published in 2015 in the Homeopathy journal. This review examined 36 other reviews of medical research on homeopathy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e16 of the included reviews had positive results, and 20 had inconclusive or negative results. Given that this review was published in a medical journal called Homeopathy, we assume some level of bias, and still results were generally negative for homeopathy’s efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is little high-quality scientific research proving the efficacy of homeopathic treatments, which is unsurprising given that the core tenets of the treatments defy basic logic. We find it unfortunate that major retailers such as Walgreens carry homeopathic products which are likely a total waste of their customers’ money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEmuaid’s own website states this in the disclaimer section, which is somewhat comical: “Homeopathic claims are not backed by scientific evidence – they are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYou don’t often see a brand selling a product while making health claims, and then publishing a disclaimer that their health claims are necessarily false due to a lack of scientific evidence.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eEmuaid Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe sole active ingredient in Emuaid is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecolloidal silver\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This ingredient refers to silver nanoparticles diluted in a carrier liquid (typically water).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.accessdata.fda.gov\/scripts\/cdrh\/cfdocs\/cfcfr\/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=310.548\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas banned\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e oral use of this ingredient due to health concerns, and explicitly states this ingredient cannot be marketed for the prevention of any disease, which it appears is exactly what Emuaid is doing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMedical research \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28598149\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e the ability of colloidal silver to be effective against some biofilm-related infections like Staph infection when applied topically. It’s challenging to determine if Emuaid is effectively dosed, because homeopathy uses dosage descriptions which are not within the medical standard.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs an example, Emuaid’s ingredients list states: “10x, 20x, 30x Colloidal Silver”. 10x in homeopathy actually means the active ingredient is diluted 10 times, and the potency is 10 to the power of negative 10, or 1 part colloidal silver per 10 million.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e20x is 10 to the power of negative 20, and 30x includes such a minute amount of the original ingredient that no molecules of the original solution would even exist if diluted in water, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Homeopathic_dilutions\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eas documented\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e by Wikipedia’s homeopathy resource.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs any rational observer can tell, this entire process makes no sense and is likely to lead to doses so low as to be ineffective even where colloidal silver may be effective. In the above-linked study on colloidal silver for skin infections, one dosage was noted: 30 parts per million (ppm).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe most potent ingredient in Emuaid appears to be 1 part per 10 million, or 0.1 parts per million, and the other doses of silver are so low-dosed as to be essentially nonexistent.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe cannot locate a medical study suggesting that topical colloidal silver at 1 part per 10 million or less is effective for any treatment, so we consider this to be an ineffective formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe inactive ingredients in Emuaid are safe and non-toxic, so we don’t believe the product will be actively harmful, just a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eEmuaid Max Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe active ingredient in Emuaid Max is exactly the same as the active ingredient in regular Emuaid, so we don’t understand why it’s priced higher.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe inactive ingredients are exactly the same as well. Unless there’s something we’ve missed about the homeopathic active ingredient formulations, it appears the company is selling the same product with different branding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSince the formulation is identical, we will conclude that this product is ineffective similar to our conclusion about Emuaid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Emuaid Effective for Hemorrhoids?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most common and uncomfortable skin conditions that patients visit a drugstore to treat is hemorrhoids. These swollen veins can emerge on the interior or exterior of the anus, and may be caused by poor diet or excessive straining when passing bowel movements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t identify one single medical study suggesting that colloidal silver is effective for hemorrhoids treatment, so we would suggest that consumers dealing with this condition speak with their doctor and avoid Emuaid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eQuestionable Medical Study\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEmuaid’s website links to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0549\/3181\/6637\/files\/Time_Kill_Study_Emuaid_Report_27181.pdf?v=1615964505\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePDF document\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e claiming to test the efficacy of their products at reducing pathogen levels on contact.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe study was performed by a third-party, for-profit laboratory called Kappa Labs. As we’ve stated in previous research reviews, we don’t consider studies paid for by companies meaningful unless they’re published in a legitimate medical journal, which involves a high standard of methodology and data quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAny company can pay a third-party research lab to test their products, and there is significant bias involved in the process for the results to be favorable.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s also unclear to us from the study if the lab even used an off-the-shelf Emuaid product, because there is only reference to a “Formula #DC-137, W\/O Waxes” as the test substance, with no definition of what this formula is. We’re assuming this refers to one batch of Emuaid without the wax ingredient but this needs to be clarified.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s good that Emuaid is sponsoring a study, but we don’t consider this legitimate medical research and it doesn’t change our opinion about their products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternative\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend unrefined (virgin) coconut oil as a natural healing treatment for various skin conditions that’s much cheaper than Emuaid and backed by medical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCoconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties thanks to its naturally high levels of lauric acid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24320105\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of virgin coconut oil for atopic dermatitis found that 47% of patients achieved moderate improvement and 46% achieved an excellent response.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAn \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20523108\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eanimal study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found virgin coconut oil helped wounds heal much faster than expected due to its effect on collagen cross-linking.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCoconut oil has even \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3263051\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebeen shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to have a skin-protective effect against UV radiation; the only whole foods compound shown to do so in medical research that we’ve come across.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt certainly can’t heal all of the conditions that Emuaid claims it can heal, but it’s unlikely that Emuaid can either based on our research review.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCoconut oil should be applied topically after a shower to the skin, and has a moisturizing and skin-protective effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEmuaid does contain an active ingredient that appears to be effective for some skin conditions, but we would not recommend the product because the potency appears to be far too low to be effective based on our review of medical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t believe that Emuaid will be effective for any skin condition due to its homeopathic, diluted formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth Emuaid and Emuaid Max appear to have the exact same formulation, so we’re unsure why they’re branded differently.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEmuaid makes many health claims that don’t appear to be grounded in any legitimate medical research, and we hope Walgreens and other major retailers pull them from the shelves to help consumers avoid a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend virgin coconut oil as a superior research-backed and non-toxic alternative to Emuaid for treating various skin conditions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-02-27T11:57:54-05:00","updated_at":"2022-02-27T11:57:54-05:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card__Section_1b1h1\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"J9oVg\"\u003eWe review the ingredients in skin cream Emuaid and Emuaid Max based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be safe and effective for treating skin conditions. We’ll also discuss some hesitations we have about homeopathic remedies generally.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"emuaid-review","tags":"_related:homeopathy, _related:skincare"}

Emuaid Review: Does Homeopathic Skin Cream Work?

Emuaid Review: Does Homeopathic Skin Cream Work?


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Emuaid is a skin cream brand available in major retailers and online that sells homeopathic remedies. The brand claims their products can treat over 100 skin conditions, including eczema, hemorrhoids, athlete’s foot, cold sores and many more.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Emuaid and Emuaid Max based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be safe and effective for treating skin conditions. We’ll also discuss some hesitations we have about homeopathic remedies generally.

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine that’s rarely practiced in the U.S. It involves using extremely dilute amounts of natural ingredients to cure a wide range of diseases. As documented by the National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health (NCCIH), one of the core tenets of homeopathy is that the lower the dose of medication the more effective the treatment, which is illogical and false.

An extensive medical review of homeopathy was published in 2015 in the Homeopathy journal. This review examined 36 other reviews of medical research on homeopathy.

16 of the included reviews had positive results, and 20 had inconclusive or negative results. Given that this review was published in a medical journal called Homeopathy, we assume some level of bias, and still results were generally negative for homeopathy’s efficacy.

There is little high-quality scientific research proving the efficacy of homeopathic treatments, which is unsurprising given that the core tenets of the treatments defy basic logic. We find it unfortunate that major retailers such as Walgreens carry homeopathic products which are likely a total waste of their customers’ money.

Emuaid’s own website states this in the disclaimer section, which is somewhat comical: “Homeopathic claims are not backed by scientific evidence – they are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.”

You don’t often see a brand selling a product while making health claims, and then publishing a disclaimer that their health claims are necessarily false due to a lack of scientific evidence.

Emuaid Ingredient Review

The sole active ingredient in Emuaid is colloidal silver. This ingredient refers to silver nanoparticles diluted in a carrier liquid (typically water).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. has banned oral use of this ingredient due to health concerns, and explicitly states this ingredient cannot be marketed for the prevention of any disease, which it appears is exactly what Emuaid is doing.

Medical research has shown the ability of colloidal silver to be effective against some biofilm-related infections like Staph infection when applied topically. It’s challenging to determine if Emuaid is effectively dosed, because homeopathy uses dosage descriptions which are not within the medical standard.

As an example, Emuaid’s ingredients list states: “10x, 20x, 30x Colloidal Silver”. 10x in homeopathy actually means the active ingredient is diluted 10 times, and the potency is 10 to the power of negative 10, or 1 part colloidal silver per 10 million.

20x is 10 to the power of negative 20, and 30x includes such a minute amount of the original ingredient that no molecules of the original solution would even exist if diluted in water, as documented by Wikipedia’s homeopathy resource.

As any rational observer can tell, this entire process makes no sense and is likely to lead to doses so low as to be ineffective even where colloidal silver may be effective. In the above-linked study on colloidal silver for skin infections, one dosage was noted: 30 parts per million (ppm).

The most potent ingredient in Emuaid appears to be 1 part per 10 million, or 0.1 parts per million, and the other doses of silver are so low-dosed as to be essentially nonexistent.

We cannot locate a medical study suggesting that topical colloidal silver at 1 part per 10 million or less is effective for any treatment, so we consider this to be an ineffective formulation.

The inactive ingredients in Emuaid are safe and non-toxic, so we don’t believe the product will be actively harmful, just a waste of money.

Emuaid Max Ingredient Review

The active ingredient in Emuaid Max is exactly the same as the active ingredient in regular Emuaid, so we don’t understand why it’s priced higher.

The inactive ingredients are exactly the same as well. Unless there’s something we’ve missed about the homeopathic active ingredient formulations, it appears the company is selling the same product with different branding.

Since the formulation is identical, we will conclude that this product is ineffective similar to our conclusion about Emuaid.

Is Emuaid Effective for Hemorrhoids?

One of the most common and uncomfortable skin conditions that patients visit a drugstore to treat is hemorrhoids. These swollen veins can emerge on the interior or exterior of the anus, and may be caused by poor diet or excessive straining when passing bowel movements.

We can’t identify one single medical study suggesting that colloidal silver is effective for hemorrhoids treatment, so we would suggest that consumers dealing with this condition speak with their doctor and avoid Emuaid.

Questionable Medical Study

Emuaid’s website links to a PDF document claiming to test the efficacy of their products at reducing pathogen levels on contact.

The study was performed by a third-party, for-profit laboratory called Kappa Labs. As we’ve stated in previous research reviews, we don’t consider studies paid for by companies meaningful unless they’re published in a legitimate medical journal, which involves a high standard of methodology and data quality.

Any company can pay a third-party research lab to test their products, and there is significant bias involved in the process for the results to be favorable.

It’s also unclear to us from the study if the lab even used an off-the-shelf Emuaid product, because there is only reference to a “Formula #DC-137, W/O Waxes” as the test substance, with no definition of what this formula is. We’re assuming this refers to one batch of Emuaid without the wax ingredient but this needs to be clarified.

It’s good that Emuaid is sponsoring a study, but we don’t consider this legitimate medical research and it doesn’t change our opinion about their products.

Better Alternative

We recommend unrefined (virgin) coconut oil as a natural healing treatment for various skin conditions that’s much cheaper than Emuaid and backed by medical research.

Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties thanks to its naturally high levels of lauric acid.

A medical review of virgin coconut oil for atopic dermatitis found that 47% of patients achieved moderate improvement and 46% achieved an excellent response.

An animal study found virgin coconut oil helped wounds heal much faster than expected due to its effect on collagen cross-linking.

Coconut oil has even been shown to have a skin-protective effect against UV radiation; the only whole foods compound shown to do so in medical research that we’ve come across.

It certainly can’t heal all of the conditions that Emuaid claims it can heal, but it’s unlikely that Emuaid can either based on our research review.

Coconut oil should be applied topically after a shower to the skin, and has a moisturizing and skin-protective effect.

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Conclusion

Emuaid does contain an active ingredient that appears to be effective for some skin conditions, but we would not recommend the product because the potency appears to be far too low to be effective based on our review of medical research.

We don’t believe that Emuaid will be effective for any skin condition due to its homeopathic, diluted formulation.

Both Emuaid and Emuaid Max appear to have the exact same formulation, so we’re unsure why they’re branded differently.

Emuaid makes many health claims that don’t appear to be grounded in any legitimate medical research, and we hope Walgreens and other major retailers pull them from the shelves to help consumers avoid a waste of money.

We recommend virgin coconut oil as a superior research-backed and non-toxic alternative to Emuaid for treating various skin conditions.





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