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Castor Oil May Help Relieve Arthritis, Sciatica and Back Pain

Castor Oil May Help Relieve Arthritis, Sciatica and Back Pain

By Dr. Mercola

Story at-a-glance

  • Castor oil, derived from the castor seed (which is not really a bean), has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of health conditions, although scientific studies are few; there are reports of some side negative effects from castor oil, so you should proceed with caution in experimenting with its use
  • Castor seeds contain very high concentrations of a special fatty acid called ricinoleic acid, thought to underlie its healing properties
  • Castor beans also contain a potent toxin called ricin—so deadly that it’s used for chemical warfare—but don’t worry, this agent is NOT present in the oil
  • Castor oil is claimed to treat gastrointestinal and genitourinary problems, all types of infections, and pain and inflammation, and is said to stimulate your immune system;science is also exploring the use of ricinas an antitumor agent