Should I Use an Aloe Vera Arthritis Treatment?

Many people use an Aloe Vera Arthritis Treatment, both topically (on the skin) and internally.  So are they doing the right thing?  Is it any good? 
 
We bring you the most up-to-date information so you can make up your own mind.  We are not doctors, but are interested in the benefits of Aloe Vera for many conditions, so we have spent many months trawling through the scientific papers to find out exactly what is known and what is not known about our favourite plant. 


Hands with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Why do we need Aloe Vera for Arthritis?

It is thought that up to 1% of the world’s population sufferers from one form of arthritis or another.   The most well-known being Rheumatoid Arthritis which is an auto-immune disease affecting the joints.  In the United States it is estimated there are over 1.3 million sufferers. 

As time goes on the joints become more inflamed, painful and deformed. 

Since long-term use of NSAIDS (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) or steroids (the most commonly prescribed treatments) both come with the risks of side effects, many sufferers are looking to complementary or alterative medicines for answers. 

For thousands of years Aloe Vera has been known as the ‘healing plant’ or the ‘miracle plant’ and in recent years more and more scientists are looking to this plant to investigate its therapeutic benefits. 


What is generally known about the benefits of Aloe Vera Arthritis Treatment?

Scientists from the Universities of Cambridge (UK) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) have recently (2014) reviewed all the research that has been done to date on the potential of Aloe Vera as an alternative therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

They reported that Aloe Vera (barbadensis) contains compounds which have three different types of therapeutic benefits for Arthritis sufferers, namely:

•    wound healing,
•    anti-inflammatory, and
•    analgesic (pain-killing) effects. 

It has long been known that AV contains over 75 different chemicals which may have healing properties and many people have reported its benefits in arthritis.  Some compounds have even been found to have immunomodulatory benefits in animal studies. 

Although there are very few human studies showing the benefits of Aloe Vera, trials in animals have shown a great deal of promise for the use of this plant. 

Should I take Aloe Vera for Arthritis now?

We can’t tell you whether or not to take AV, but we can recommend you read our Side Effects and Precautions page to keep yourself safe. 

It is widely accepted that using Aloe Vera on the skin is safe, but long term side effects of using Aloe Vera internally are unknown in humans. 

It is particularly important to consult your doctor before taking if you are pregnant, have diabetes or cardiovascular disease. 

So it is probably fine to try some Aloe Vera cream on your joints and see if it soothes the pain.  We advise that you buy a good quality product which contains as much Aloe Gel as possible as that is what contains the good stuff!

If you decide to try taking Aloe Vera Arthritis Treatment internally for its anti-inflammatory properties, we suggest that you get it from a reputable supplement company which has the IASC Seal.  Be sure it is made with AV gel only and not the whole leaf which contains the yellow latex which can cause a laxative effect. 

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