Oregano Oil as a Pain Killer
Monday, March 26, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Oregano oil is best known as a safe and effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compound, especially helpful for sinus and respiratory issues. A new study shows that it also has direct anti-pain signaling within nerves.
The study involves the active component of oregano oil, carvacrol. Researchers used a toxic nerve irritant to induce swelling, fluid retention, and nerve pain in mice. They found that carvacrol treatment was able to prevent pain and fluid retention, turning down a key inflammatory signal (TNFa Cytokine involved with systemic inflammation and regulation of immune cells. It is able to induce cell death, and inhibits tumorigenesis and viral replication. When dysfunctional it is associated with a number of disease processes.).
This data documents a potent mechanism by which oregano oil can lower pain.
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