Oregano Oil as a Pain Killer
Monday, March 26, 2012
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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).
This data documents a potent mechanism by which oregano oil can lower pain.
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