Australian Dream and Arthritis Pain: Review of Research

I must be getting old because one of my favorite stations on XM radio is the channel that plays the old time radio shows. I like it because I get to hear programs that my parents and grandparents listened to when they were around. One night, driving home and listening to this station, a commercial for an arthritis cream called Australian Dream. The spokesperson for the commercial was Chuck Woolery, who many may remember from TV game shows like Love Connection. I’ve never heard of Australian Dream, so I decided to review it. As I drove home, eager to learn more about this product, I thought for sure I knew exactly what its active ingredient was. I couldn’t have been more wrong―which made me want to review it even more.


Australian Dream Research

From what I can tell, Australian Dream has no published peer reviewed evidence to show it reduces arthritis pain or any other kinds of pain, better than a placebo or better than other similar products on the market. That’s too bad considering the product has been around for over a decade. Because of that, let’s now look at the ingredients in the product and see what we can figure out.

Australian Dream Ingredients

According to the product website, the active ingredient in Australian Dream is histamine dihydrochloride (at a concentration of 0.025%)—which, they tell us, is an external analgesic.

Other ingredients in Australian Dream include:

  • Water
  • Butylene Glycol
  • C13-14 Isoparaffin
  • Chondroitin Sulfate
  • Emu Oil
  • Ethylhexyl Stearate
  • Glucosamine Sulfate
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil
  • Laureth-7, Methylisothiazolinone
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • Polyacrylamide, Potassium Sorbate
  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Tetrasodium EDTA
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin-E)
  • Trideceth-6

Since none of these ingredients are listed as active ingredients, I will assume that they are inactive and play no role at all in the effectiveness of Australian Dream. That said, if you look closely you’ll see that this list includes 3 ingredients that people with arthritis pain are probably familiar with:

  • Glucosamine sulfate
  • Chondroitin sulfate
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)


These 3 ingredients show up in A LOT of joint pain supplements, many of which I’ve already reviewed. That said, I want to point out that the evidence purporting they may help arthritis pain is based on taking them by mouth―not rubbing them on the skin. For example, I’m not aware of any proof that rubbing glucosamine on the skin helps arthritis pain.

So, I have to ask the question: Why are glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM in this product? The only reason I can think of is for marketing purposes. In other words, people expect to see them in a joint pain supplement, and they might not buy unless they see them. As proof of this,  I even noticed websites specifically touting the glucosamine in Australian Dream. Whether they are present or not, I don’t feel they contribute anything to how well Australian Dream works.

For more on these ingredients, see these reviews:

Since histamine dihydrochloride is listed as the only active ingredient, let’s now talk about it more and see what it does.


Histamine Dihydrochloride

Histamine dihydrochloride (pronounced hiss-ta-mean dye-hide-row-klor-ride) is a form of histamine—a compound that does many things in the body. For example, histamine is released by immune system cells during allergy season and is the reason for runny noses and watery eyes. Some people may take antihistamines, which block the action of histamine.

Tip. In other products, histamine dihydrochloride may be called histaminum hydrochloricum.


On the product website, they say histamine dihydrochloride is an “external analgesic.” An analgesic is something that relieves pain.

As an aside, in some countries (not in the US), histamine dihydrochloride may also used to treat some forms of leukemia; although in this instance, it is injected rather than being rubbed on the skin. Rubbing it on the skin does not do the same thing as injecting it.


This stuff is also a vasodilator, which means it expands blood vessels. I think this is at the heart of its pain-reducing effects. As blood vessels open up more, there is greater flow of blood to the area to which it is applied. The improved blood flow to the area might give the sensation of warmth, which temporarily masks pain sensations.

I think this is how histamine dihydrochloride works, because I’m not able to find any evidence that it directly reduces pain. I think the pain reduction is a byproduct of improved blood flow.  

If anyone can find evidence that histamine dihydrochloride directly blocks pain receptors, let me know and I’ll update this part of the review.


Who Makes Australian Dream?

Nature’s Health Connection is the company that makes Australian Dream. This company is located at 230 Plummer Street, Campton, KY 41301, according to the Better Business Bureau file. I called Nature’s Health Connection and was told this is the address of the company headquarters but is not where Australian Dream is made. There was no rating on the BBB website when I checked.


The BBB lists a website for the company as: “”; although when I checked, this address did not appear to be working. This may be the original company website that is no longer being used. The website for Australian Dream and Nature’s Health Connection is:


During my review, I discovered another address for Nature’s Health Connection: 121 Pelfrey Drive, Campton, KY—which is about 3 miles from the Plummer Street address. When I spoke to the representative at Nature’s Health Connection, I was told this address is no longer valid.  I wanted to mention this because some websites still list the Pelfrey drive address.


How to Contact Australian Dream

According to the website, the customer service number is 888-600-4642. The contact page of the product website also has an email option; however, I recommend calling them if you have a question. The BBB also lists another contact number of  606-668-6533.

How to Return the Product?

To their credit, the makers of Australian Dream have an “Empty Jar Guarantee.” For those who are not satisfied, they can return the empty jar along with their sales receipt and get a full refund. To return Australian Dream send the jar to:Australian Dream Refunds PO Box 609 Campton, KY 41301.

Where Is Australian Dream Made?

Australian Dream is made in the United States. When I called Nature’s Health Connection, they told me that the product is made in Florida. They would not tell me the name of the company that makes it.


Where Did the Name Come From?

I was curious about where the name “Australian Dream” came from, so I asked Nature’s Health Connection, the makers of the product, who told me that the name was chosen because the product contains emu oil, which comes from Australia. I located one online source which notes that emu oil used to be the primary ingredient in the product until the year 2000, when another ingredient―presumably histamine dihydrochloride―was added to the product.

As an aside Blue Emu Oil is another product marketed to help pain

As it happens, my friend and fellow blogger, Bill Sukala, lives in Australia, so I asked him if he’s heard of Australian Dream. He said he hadn’t. Nature’s Health Connection also informed me that the product is not currently sold in Australia.

Australian Dream and Migraines?

This is not related to Australian Dream specifically, but as I was researching this product I uncovered an interesting clinical trial related to whether histamine dihydrocholoride could help migraine headaches when its placed under the skin.  As I wrote this review, the clinical trial had not yet begun,  but I wanted to address it for those who may be searching for whether Australian Dream (because of its histamine dihydrocholoride content) might help migraine headaches.

While I am unable to find any evidence it helps, I did locate a study from 1985 where intravenous histamine dihydrocholoride caused headaches.  That’ doesn’t necessarily mean rubbing Australian Dream on the skin does the same thing. I have no proof it does or doesn’t.


Australian Dream Side Effects

From what I can tell, I think Australian Dream is safe for most people who use it appropriately.  Searching online for side effects does not turn up much in terms of people saying bad things about it either. That said, there are some who say they have had side effects. For example, if you read the comments below, one person said Australian, while it worked, also made his skin itch. I think most of these complaints may be linked to histamine dihydrochloride, which is the product’s active ingredient. With that in mind, here is a list of potential / theoretical side effects based on the active ingredient in the product. How likely any of these are to occur, I do not know.

Because histamine dihydrochloride vasodialtes (expands/enlarges) blood vessels, it’s possible that it may decrease blood pressure. This effect might be most noticed by those with low blood pressure or those who take medications for high blood pressure. When I searched online for side effects, I did see some people talking about how Australian Dream lowered their blood pressure, causing them to feel dizzy.

Histamine may be related to headaches but that doesn’t necessarily mean rubbing a histamine dihydrochloride cream on the skin causes headaches. Still, headache-prone individuals should consult their doctor or pharmacist for more up to date  and in-depth information.

Some people online reported having an allergic reaction shortly after using Australian Dream that resulted in itching, difficulty swallowing, and blisters. My guess is that this may be due to a histamine sensitivity/intolerance where some people may lack the ability to breakdown histamine.

For those who may be sensitive to histamine dihydrochloride, it may be best to do a test, using a very small amount on a small area of the skin to see if any side effects occur.

People who have skin conditions should ask their doctor or pharmacist before using the product.

The glucosamine sulfate in the product – because it comes from shell fish – may cause an allergic reaction in those who have a shell fish allergy.

Wash hands thoroughly before touching the eyes, as it may cause eye irritation.

Do not use Australian Dream on areas of the skin that have cuts, scrapes, or open wounds. This may give histamine dihydrochloride access to your bloodstream, where it may have different effects than when placed topically on the skin.

Don’t use Australian Dream if you are pregnant or nursing without consulting your doctor first (inform the doctor what the active ingredient is too).

Ads for Australian Dream say it is odorless, but some people online have noted that it has an odor.  Again, some people may be more sensitive than others on this issue. People with lung problems (asthma, COPD, etc.) should refrain from smelling the compound if they use it, and also use it in a well-ventilated area, just to be safe.

All that said, I think most people will probably not notice any unusual side effects from the product, but when in doubt, ask your pharmacist or doctor just to be sure. For more info, see this summary of the product.


Does It Work?

Looking at what research I could find―which was not much, by the way―I think it’s possible some people may notice temporary relief of aches, pains, and joint stiffness. That said, my question is: Does Australian Dream work better than other pain relief creams like Ben Gay or Aspercream? I’m not sure, so if you’ve tried and it helped―or didn’t―do leave a comment and let me (and others) know what you think. I hope this review helped clear up questions you may have had about this product. If you have additional questions that I missed, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help you.

Here is Australian Dream on Amazon on Amazon for those who want to see what others have said about it.

What do you think?


  1. joy says

    Well, Joe, I’d like to hear if it works, I’ve seen it in the drug stores, but have not purchased it. I use a lot of topicals and even make up my own concoction. Topricin and Arnica Plus, with all I’ve used, are my favorites and give me the MOST “temporary” relief….nothing is permanent. If there is a permanent relief topical, I’d love to hear about it. I’m doing Prolotherapy for my aching arthritic knee next month. It can “WORK”. It’s regenerative work.

    • Joe says

      Joy, I’ve heard some interesting things about prolotherapy so I do hope it helps you. I dont think any cream (like Australian Dream) offers permanent relief (it would be great if it did, right!) but looking at the various comments online I think some people may notice some temporary relief. that of course, would depend on how severe the pain was and what type of pain the person had. I do think the pain relief is related to improved blood flow rather than any direct pain relieving effect of Australian Dream (or histamine dihydrochloride ).

      • Fred Dunn says

        I purchased this hoax some time ago for relieve of osteoarthritis pain in my hands. I used the whole jar, just as indicated, and noticed nothing but sticky hands. I would be interested in hearing if this stuff has really worked for anyone. I am convinced that medications such as Bengay would work much better.

        In my case, my physician prescribed medication which had to be compounded by a compounding specialty parmach. Ingredients are cyclobenzaprine, flurbiprofin, keyamine, lidocaine, and prilocaine. All in a white cream. This stuff works in seconds after the initial application (which, by the way, lasted for days).

        Australian Dream? Let the buyer beware. You may as well rub hand cream on your arthritis!

        • Shelley Martin says

          Fred, You said your Physician prescribed the compounding of
          cyclobenzaprine, flurbiprofen, ketamine, lidocaine, and prilocaine. All in a white cream. What type of Doctor is He/she?
          I have unbearable neck pain. I do have osteoarthritis.
          I am going to share your information with my internist, I would like to try this compound

          • Linda Slattery says

            Mixed pharmaceutical compounds work wonderfully for neck pain! I have degenerative bone and disc disease. I found this web site while researching it. My husband brought it home stating our local pharmacist recommended it strongly. I tried it on the painful joints in my hands. Worked very well and VERY quickly!!

            I noted that it helped rid that feeling of stiffness almost immediately! It reduced the pain feeling by about 60%. I’d recommend it to anyone who suffers from joint stiffness and pain!

    • JC says

      I never tried this topical analgesic but I did try another that I found on Amazon called Tennis Elbow Grease. It also goes by the name of Active 10, but that is sold mostly through doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapy offices. Anyway, seems to relieve my shoulder and knee pain. And yes…I do play tennis! Also they have a website…

  2. says

    There seems to be way too many red flags flying regarding this product. Personally, I’ve never heard of it. But the fact that it’s not sold in Australia & your Australian supplement connection has never heard of it, is a cause of concern to say the least.

    Why isn’t it called the “Kentucky Dream” or the “Florida Dream” – named after the towns that this stuff may have actually came from? It just sounds like another supplement you can add to your “snake oil” file. Great review Joe – thanks for making me aware of it

    • Joe says

      Paul, I can give them a pass on name since emu oil used to be its main ingredient but that is pretty funny what you said :)

    • Joseph Fox says

      My personal experience over the last month of alternating Australian Dream with Salonpas patches for relieving stiffness and pain in my right arm from fingers to shoulder is that both give enough relief to let me have a good night’s sleep. However, Australian Dream is best for me because it provides better relief…that lasts longer….and does not smell.

      • Mimi says

        Interesting. I found the Australian Dream to give very brief relief. I tried Salonpas and the pain seems to be diminished for hours. I am using it on my knees although my worst arthritis is in my hips.

        I’d gave to plaster my hip with salonpas to make that work! And yes, weight loss helps but if I am hobbled enough that I can only do 3000-4000 steps without agony or my hips actually giving out on one side or the other, it is difficult to lose weight just from diet alone. I’ve lost 15 pounds, but can’t tell a difference yet.

        • Joe says

          Sometimes it takes a while before the pain feels better. It might have to heal up first. This can take time. Keep working on the weight loss. When I usually recommend exercise too, we can only do what we do. Stir counting calories and eat a little less than normal. You can use my fitness pal to help you count calories.

  3. Judi says

    My husband uses Australian Dream every night on his shoulders and neck. He says it works and gets rid of his pain. He has been using it for about 6 months. I have severe back pain due to scoliosis, and he kept telling me to try the Australian Dream. I finally tried it and it didn’t do a thing for my pain. I used it for about 3 days and got no benefit from it.

    To be fair, I’ve also tried Tramadol, Flexeril, Aleve, and Advil for my back pain, None of those have helped either. I’m thinking about asking my doc for Celebrex. I’d rather try medical marijuana but it is illegal in my state. I hate taking pharmaceuticals which warn me it might kill me.

      • Judi says

        Hi Joe, I’ve tried PT in the past and it really helped a lot. I did pool therapy and it was wonderful. But with the new health care situation, my insurance policy was canceled and my new policy has a whopping $2,000. deductible. So I have to pay the first $2,000. of PT. In other words, I have to pay for all of it out of my pocket, which I can’t afford.

        btw, I discovered you blog just last night, and I want to thank you for all of the research you have done. One of the best blogs I’ve ever read, thank you!

        • Joe says

          Judi, I’ve heard stories from the others about the new health care situation also. So sad. My birthday is tomorrow (the big 50, ugh!) so I wonder what that will mean for me in time also.. I can only hope that as more companies get into the mix that it improves competition and drives down prices… Let’s cross our fingers.

          Check into YMCAs and Jewish Community Centers. They often have pool classes and sometimes pool therapy too. YMCAs also have “scholarships” where the cost can be a lot less – or even free in some cases. Also try asking your doctor if he/she knows a way for you to get back to PT for less out of pocket expenses. I wonder if universities that have a physical therapy department might be able to help? Im not sure. this just occurred to me.

          Thanks for your very kind words too! I’m really glad you are finding my website helpful. I have a lot to say about things don’t I :)

          • Judi says

            A big happy Five Oh! Joe! :)

            50 is not too bad. Hubby and I are in our 60’s. If our health was better, we’d cancel our health insurance policies in a heart beat. Our combined MONTHLY premiums are $1,200., exactly twice as much as they were with our old policies that got canceled. It’s killing us.

            Our combined deductibles were $1,000., now it is $4,000. This is the BCBS Silver Plan. I have to set aside $300 a week just to pay the premiums. I’m sure that millions of other folks are in the same boat that we are in.

            How does this hurt the economy? People can’t afford to eat out as much, have to cancel vacation plans, put off buying that new car, wear last years clothes, etc. All of this puts a huge strain on small businesses.

          • Joe says

            Judi, wow. I’m so sorry to hear about that! I wish I had an answer for your health insurance problems. Do try to shop around and see if you can get a better deal. I do hear there will be more competition by the end of 2014 so Im hoping that drives down prices. I hope that happens.

    • Lyla Cavanaugh says

      To the lady that said nothing helps. CELEBREX is really bad for your heart. 80 mg oxycontin gets rid of mostly all the pain so that U can exercise and build yourself up. Guess doctors won’t write those prescriptions anymore. I was taking one a day and doing well. But now I take aspirin/tramadol/10mg codeine and just struggle with the pain. I also use DMSO on the sore places and wear an exercise stomach belt that warms up my back and really does help with the pain when I am walking. Sleeping in the belt drives away a lot of the lower back pain as well.

      This Histamine Dihydrochloride sounds as if it could be dangerous especially for someone who has allergies. But is actually sounded like it might be good for baldness since it drives blood/nutrients to the area. BTW, tried medical marijuana CBD not the kind that gets you stoned. Be careful it stings and put my bladder out and raised my blood pressure through the roof. I had to take three different kinds of antibiotics to help my bladder. I heard that the marijuana sometimes added THC from other sources like potatoes. It sure does not feel pure like long ago and irritates the crap out of your other organs and heart.

      Do not take more than one bite of the cookies, you will feel like you are dying as Maureen Dowd did. I had to take two valiums just to make it through that! It did not do much for my back pain by the way at all. It seemed to help a little with my stomach but not enough to counteract the bad things it did to my bladder and other organs!

    • Virginia Jackson says

      I have used Australian Dream for almost a complete jar now. I purchased it at CVS Pharmacy. I can say that it does work for me. I have suffered from back pain since the 1980’s. It has progressed over the years until now I cannot stand for more than about 10 minutes without excruciating pain. I have tried different things. I have MRI, x-rays, etc., by orthopedics, and they say I have no problem with nerve damage, or disk damage. They tell me it is arthritis.

      So, that is my background. The Australian Dream does work, and from this review, I am thinking the blood supply is probably the reason it works for me. I think it is like any other drug, it works for certain things and not others. I do not want to get steroid shots in my back, and I am thankful this helps. No, it is not permanent. Neither or the shots, and even they do not have an excellent success rate. It may help and it may not is what I have been told by doctors. It may help one time and not the next. Sorry for the lengthy reply, but I wanted to cover the issues I have had. Thanks!

  4. Fredrick Downs says

    Chuck Woolery is known to sell his name cheap. Australian Dream is made in Florida and has never been sold in Australia. This product does not contain pain killing ingredients normally found for pain. This product is not approved by the FDA. Another marketing scam and it’s expensive.

  5. John Lohr says

    I purchased the product yesterday after hearing a commercial for a similar blue emu product. I checked with the pharmacist at Walgreen’s to see what comments they had. She told me she used the Australian Dream product and liked it but that it was expensive – it is, I did get relief for joint pain in my knees.

    I am going to try it again tonight. I probably should have done research beforehand but felt like it was worth a try. It was in the same section with Ben-Gay and the other creams which I have not had great results with.

    As far as being called Australian Dream doesn’t mean anything to me. Could have been called Hillbilly lotion and I would have gone off the pharmacist recommendation. Just like all medications I guess some work for some people and not for others.

      • Mimi says

        A friend of mine sent me a jar as a gift, as I have severe spinal arthritis leading to sciatica in both legs, with severe pain in hips down to my ankles as well as my back. As an experiment, I am using it on one side but not the other.

        You are correct. It does seem to provide a temporary effect. Surgery, epidurals, PT have not helped. Weight loss might, but if I can’t walk around my house without pain, it is hard to work out, or even get into the gym.

        I will be checking into a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture that one of my doctors has recommended. In the meantime I will take any temporary relief I can get!

  6. Patty says

    I have arthritis in both knees, my left is bone on bone. I play the sport of curling, which is hard on my knees (especially the left knee, since I’m right-handed). I know a lot of curlers who take advil before every game, and I’m able to get by by rubbing in this Australian Dream (Bio Freeze works for me too). I rub in in to both knees, and although I’m a little sore when I start playing, it eases up and I play pretty much pain free.

    If the relief comes from blood vessel dilation, that’s great. So much better using a topical product than something with systemic effects. Who cares what the call it – marketing is marketing. It works for me!


  7. George says

    The concentration is actually .025%. It looks to be the same as Dr. Fred’s Pain Relieve Rub ( with different inactive ingredients. Fred has a cardboard cutout of himself hawking the product in his pharmacy. When some friends of mine asked about it, the counter person said “let’s ask Fred” and he came out and sold them on it at $20 for a 4oz jar. Looks like it’s not quite the unique miracle product he described.

  8. Gail Penrod says


    I’ve been using Australian Cream for 4 days now. I find I only get relief from pain in my hands (it’s worse in my thumb areas) if I put several applications on. Yes, the container says you may have use multiple applications but even after 3 applications within 20 min. I only get partial relief. I guess that’s better than none, but for the cost of the product it may end up being an expensive treatment plan if I have to use 3X as much.

    • Joe says

      Gail, as I’ve been told osteoarthritis sometimes starts in the thumb area. I’ve also been told that eventually it gets better so that may be some consolation. Have you seen a doctor about this? I do know someone who saw a hand doctor and got a shot in the thumb area that took the pain away for several months. that person has used a splint around the thumb area at bed time that also seems to help.

  9. steve c. says

    I bought a jar of it based on a recommendation from one of my employees. It has worked well on neck and shoulder pain. I apply it before going to bed. However, it makes my skin itch very badly. Almost not worth the pain relief it provides. Found your blog searching for what is causing the itching. Histamines may have provided the answer.

    • Joe says

      Steve, thanks for that feedback. I added what you said to the side effects section of my review in case anyone else had the same issue.

  10. says

    A starting point for the effect of histamine on the body, for some people at least, is the Low Histamine Chef. Start there and get educated. In general histamine is a natural part of the body, with MANY effects, often contradictory, or rather let’s say “situational”. For example while it is normally a vasodilator, it can have the opposite effect.

  11. Sandi says

    I could hardly walk for 2 days. My left knee was so bad out of the blue. I’m on warfarin and watch what drugs I take. Finally yesterday I went and bought some Aleve, a Copper knee brace and Australian Dream. I wore the brace for a couple hours before bed. Then I took 1 Aleve and rubbed the cream on the front and back of my knee. When I woke up, the stiffness in my knee was 50-60% better. I then put the brace back on, took another Aleve and more cream. It’s like night and day. I can walk with a small limp and bend my knee. Thank God!

  12. Joe Cervantes says

    I had chronic tightness in my mid-back, which ultimately caused tension headaches. I have had an MRI, and I do not have arthritis. All this said, I tried Australian Dream and it has reduced my symptoms by 85% – at least. I absolutely love it.

  13. Barry Stevens says

    I am 60, developing arthritis in my wrists and a born sceptic. A.D. does work but only temporarily. I suspect as you have mentioned that increasing blood flow is the key. It works way better for me than Advil, Tylenol etc. Remember, they are also only temporary relief. I am an avid golfer and this ointment really helps me through a round.

    • Joe says

      Barry, thanks for sharing. I’m curious, how long does it take before you start to feel it starts to feel like its not working any longer? Do you stop for a week or so and then go back to using it again?

  14. Bunny Abraham says

    Used my first jar of Australian Dream for shoulder pain from arthritis and find I do get relief. Usually use it B/4 bedtime and find it makes sleep easier. Works better for me than those menthol, smelly creams that create heat at the application site. I don’t like taking NSAIDS or hydrocodone pain pills so I was pretty happy with the cream. Have also used it on my foot with success, too. Placebo? Tra la …. as long as it works! =+)

    • Joe says

      Bunny, thanks for sharing and as long as its working for you, that is good enough for me. I’m really happy your pain is less :)

  15. Susie Pollly says

    I’ve just encountered the Australian Dream cream in the last couple days. My life has changed dramatically!!

    I have multiple sclerosis (for over 30 years), with only two symptoms. One is fatigue for which I take one 10 mg Dextrosamp_Amphetamine ER each day (which works with minor side effects) and the other symptom is a serious pain in my upper left back. It’s been there for 10 BLANKING YEARS!!

    I cannot wear a bra, wear any fabrics that irritate my skin, hug a person in a normal way (without grabbing their hand so they don’t touch my back) or do much of anything each day except sit on a heat pad at my computer or while reading. Okay, I can watch TV, but I’m 62 and I want to be much more constructive in life than that each day.

    Anyway, I’ve had full body scans, x-rays, MRI’s, acupuncture, heavy duty chiropractic, soft gentle chiropractic, TENS, physical therapy, lidocain pain shots, been to two different pain clinics, used medical marijuana and generic Dronabinal (which works better than most people would imagine) and spent thousands of dollars on possible cures and scams. Did I mention massage? Yes, I’ve tried nearly everything anyone has suggested.

    So, when a friend called and told me about this cream, which did NOT require a doctors appt., NOR a prescription, and ONLY cost $20 to try (with a full refund if not satisfied) I was eager to try.

    Long story short, I bought it the night before last and used it the first time. I got immediate and startling relief. It lasted all night and long into the morning until I felt a need for more cream. But a few hours of total relief is a very valuable blessing!!! I bought 6 jars, hoping that it continues to work after using it for a time.

    Many things have worked for short time and then stopped. Nothing has allowed me to feel as good as this does. I am going on some trips this summer, and this cream has given me a whole new outlook on how I may possibly be able to enjoy much more during those trips.

    Nothing works for everybody. Most doctors can’t know exactly what will work and what won’t for any particular person. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your research on this product. It is deeply appreciated. Names of products mean nothing, we all know that by about age 5, it’s just hard to remember when we’re desperate for treatment to solve our pain. Buyer beware, buyer be cautious. Thank you, Joe.

    • Joe says

      Susie, thanks for sharing and I’m really glad Australian Dream is helping ease your pain. Very good news :)

  16. Joe says

    So here are my thoughts, I have chronic back pain and knee pain. Have tried many different creams along with prescription pain meds. The only one that helped me get a good nights sleep and relieved the pain (although temporary) the quickest was Australian Dream.

    There is no heat, no burning, just relief. Also helps cut down on the stronger pain meds. I will continue to buy it (when it’s on sale it is very expensive).

  17. Glroia says

    I checked out Australian Dream, it contains 0.025% Histamine Dihydrochloride as active ingredient.
    at a ridiculous price.

    I also checked ACTIV-ON , it contains 0.028% Histamine Dihydrochloride plus Menthol 4.574% as active ingredient, much LESS expensive price.
    Do they work? NOT for me. But I thought this information would help, before you go out and spend your money.

    I now take injections, Synvisc-One. Which is only available for knees and be sure doctor has it in his office. Otherwise, you have to get the prescription ($800-$1800) Then take it to the doctor’s office to have it injected and that is another charge. This injection helps for about 6-8 months. Also another injection is Euflexxa, which is only for knees, but this one you need 3 injections, one per week.

    • Mike says

      My needs are simple; I have significant pain when bending my index finger on my L hand and small finger on R hand. Looking for topical relief and the ability to make a fist or open a jar. While at dinner, a friend suggested AD, which I bought at Wal-Mart. I don’t know about the long term, but now I can bend all my fingers with only a slight discomfort.

      Temporary pain relief… it works for me. At 76, pain relief while using my hands as a musician and a woodworker is the primary goal and keeps me active. Worth the expensive cost, which is equal to taking my wife to lunch.

  18. Grace says

    My grandpa used this product and had a severe forced allergic reaction in his foot where the rash was literally as red as a tomato and spread to all other part of his body.

    As it was said, such incidents may not be common for most, but they can be severe for the few it does affect; my grandpa ended up in the hospital for three days with everyone stumped as to what had happened for the longest time.

  19. Osteo Ouches says

    Something else that works is DMSO. (dimethylsulphoxide). My doctor told me to try it for osteoarthritis and it gives me several hours of relief (usually all day on my stiff fingers which recover their full motion). Check it out on Amazon, for instance. It is better if cut with 10-20% water. It also comes in a cream mixed with aloe. Check out the reviews at Amazon. No marketing contents added. About $20 for a pint that lasts a month or so.
    Best of luck.

    • Joe says

      Osteo, yes there is some evidence that DMSO might help temporary help rheumatoid arthritis pain. people should take a look at the company that makes it and yes do read the amazon reviews as they can be helpful too. Because DMSO can penetrate the skin, it might also pull in any impurities too. That’s why its good to deal with established companies that people trust. I think its good to start with less than is recommended for the first week, just to see if there any side effects. Some side effects might include being tired/dizzy and lower blood sugar levels (so be careful if you are a diabetic) Here’s all the DMSO products I saw on Amazon

  20. terry says

    I am 68 years old and have had tinnitus for 15 years – both ears. I thought it might be allergies, it may be a nerve problem behind the ear. As an experiment I bought this for pain control and used it around my ear. The tinnitus has decreased in the short time used- we will see if it continues. BUT it does confirm the opening up the arteries which may reduce the tinnitus, which is wonderful. We will see……

  21. We Sandy says

    I just came from the store where I said to my Mom “I don’t know if I should buy this stuff or not, maybe I’ll just go home and read the reviews and take it from there”, but I bought it anyhow.

    Just tried it for the first time on my knee and hip. I know that I’m looking at a knee replacement in a few years, so I’m trying to buy myself some time.

    I swear, just for a moment, that it felt a little better, but it’s probably just wishful thinking! I’ll give it a shot and see what happens.

    I’m not looking to do ballroom dancing, but I’ll settle for being able to walk without pain. I’ll give it a week or so and keep you posted.

    • Joe says

      We Sandy, I really hope it helps you. I can appreciate you wanting to buy yourself time. Question do you need to lose any weight? If yes that will buy you time too. Maybe a lot of time. Do let me know if what happens. I’ll say a prayer tonight that it helps you.

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