Published November 2nd 2023
Fact Checked by Dr Mark Watson
Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream is a topical, non-greasy pain relief cream. While it is mainly designed to help combat arthritis pain, the manufacturers also claim it will provide soothing relief from muscle aches and general joint pain as well, to help keep people moving and support good joint health.
They say it does all of this while being created by doctors, made without the use of any NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs), having no odour, and not causing any burning sensations. However, after conducting our own Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream review, this appears to be untrue.
Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream has only one active ingredient, histamine dihydrochloride. It then also features a large selection of inactive ingredients as well.
These are butylene glycol, C13-14 isoparaffin, chondroitin sulfate, deionized water (Aqua), emu oil, ethylhexyl stearate, glucosamine sulfate, sunflower (helianthus annus) oil, laureth-7, methylisothiazolinone, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), polyacrylamide, potassium sorbate, sodium polyacrylate, tetrasodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), and trideceth-6.
While it has been shown that its sole active ingredient may provide some relief from joint pain and muscle aches, its effects are not conclusively proven, and it may even end up doing nothing at all.
The inactive ingredients list then contains a very large number of ingredients which are included either solely to stabilise the product or just to get their name on the pack, to intentionally mislead adults who do not have an in-depth knowledge of products such as this.
Even the customer reviews confirm that, while Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream may be able to provide some minor pain relief or soothe the skin or muscle aches, but there are better options for arthritis pain.
The feedback from customers on Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream does look promising at first, as it currently holds an average rating score of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
When looking at the positive reviews, there were a number of users saying that it did provide some relief from aches and pains in their muscles and joints, specifically in the knees and neck.
It must be said though that even these positive reviews admitted that the effects were short term and only presented if your joint pain or muscle aches were mild.
However, when looking at the negative reviews, there were also plenty of people that said it did nothing for their joint pain or muscle aches at all, while some users even experienced side effects like skin irritations, rashes, hives, and various other allergic reactions.
These reviews support the scientific conclusions that we came to, which were that while Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream may provide some small amount of relief from minor aches and pain, it will be of no use for anything more severe, can only be used short term, and may cause side effects.
Histamine Dihydrochloride - 0.025%
Histamine dihydrochloride is a histamine salt that was originally intended to be swallowed and used as a medication to treat some chronic blood diseases.
However, it has also started to become popular as an over the counter treatment to offer temporary relief from minor aches and pains in joints and muscles, as well as arthritis pain, sprains, bruises, and strains.
It is claimed to work as histamine dihydrochloride is said to be an analgesic, which is a medication or compound that has pain relieving properties.
Supporters say that if you massage a thin layer into the painful area it will provide soothing relief from joint pain and muscle aches, making it an ideal way to combat arthritis and other similar issues.
However, there are a number of problems with its use.
Not only are the benefits of its external use not yet conclusively proven, but it is also only approved for use in very short periods of between a week and ten days. Some users have also reported developing allergic reactions or negative symptoms from using it, with an example being a rash or damaged skin (1).
While all of these issues are never ideal, they are particularly problematic in medications that contain only one active ingredient, such as Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream, as you are relying solely on it to combat your symptoms, and there is nothing to support it if it does not do what is says.
The list of non-active ingredients in Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream is extensive and includes 17 ingredients.
These are butylene glycol, C13-14 isoparaffin, chondroitin sulfate, deionized water, emu oil, ethylhexyl stearate, glucosamine sulfate, sunflower oil, laureth-7, methylisothiazolinone, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), polyacrylamide, potassium sorbate, sodium polyacrylate, tetrasodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate, and trideceth-6.
Many of these will commonly be found in an over the counter pain cream, as well as in other medications of a similar nature.
While they will not provide pain relief or any other health benefits, they can support the cream in other ways. They can help it be absorbed more easily, improve its texture and stability, and prevent it from leaving a greasy residue, making it generally more effective and easier and more enjoyable to use.
However, three ingredients on the pack that are of note are chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate, and MSM. These are commonly found in joint pain supplements, as they are one of the most potent ingredient combinations for supporting the joints and combatting issues like arthritis pain (2)(3).
Unfortunately, they will only do this if they are included as an active ingredient. By featuring them in the inactive ingredients section, it seems that they have put a miniscule amount of each in the cream just so that they can put the words on the pack, in an effort to trick people into buying it.
This further brings the quality and efficacy of Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream and the integrity of the Australian Dream brand in general into question, as it looks like this section has been intentionally used to mislead customers, which is usually only done on ineffective supplements.
ustralian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream claims to be a topical medication that can treat everything from minor muscle aches to chronic joint pain, simply by being applied directly to the site of the pain. It should be clear after our Australian Dream Arthritis Pain Relief Cream review though that this is not true.
From using only one active ingredient which has not been conclusively proven to provide pain relief to misleading customers and causing side effects, this is a pain cream that fails in every way.
We have recently received some samples of a new joint cream hitting the US market next month, and so far we would say it's the best we've tried. It's from the same guys that make FlexAgain, which topped our joint supplements list, so we'll probably be recommending that once it's available. In the meantime, we'd say pick up some voltaren or similar instead.