My rheumy is working with one in France using essential oils and herbs. I have learned that there is a big difference between the oils and herbs here in the United States that are being sold for medicinal purposes and those in France. There is a lot less control here as to what can be sold as pure. Also even what is on the label. A bottle of eucalyptus oil, labelled as eucalyptus oil doesn't tell you which of the over a dozen types of eucalyptus it is, so it could be the kind that is great for clearing your sinuses or the kind that is great for reducing inflammation or one of them that just smells good but does nothing. So you read where eucalyptus radiata has been found to reduce inflammation, then you see all these creams and rubs that contain eucalyptus come out that don't work and people say that the study is pseudo-science. The truth is that they aren't using eucalyptus radiata in the creams because it is one of the more expensive types of eucalyptrus. Our laws don't say that they have to label the type of eucalyptus used so people get scammed and true honest research that would help a lot of people gets ignored. I have to be very careful with where I get what the French doctor shares with my rheumy as to what is working in France.
My doctor is amazed that I am seeing results in days and weeks instead of the months that so many of his patients. I have to point out that he is not recommending or prescribing any of this because it would be against the law. He is just sharing what doctors in France are finding successful.