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Did you know that aloe vera can be used for arthritis and osteoarthritis? In addition to all the known properties of this plant for the skin and body functioning, science has shown that aloe vera has very positive effects against these diseases. Read on to find out how you can use aloe vera for arthritis and other joint conditions.
Arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: what are they and how do they affect joints?
This great plant can help alleviate any of these conditions but, to understand how, first you need to know the differences between them.
Arthritis is inflammation and tenderness in one or more joints. It has symptoms such as pain and stiffness which often get worse with age. The two main types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is caused by progressive wear and tear on the joints, leading to the loss of the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones. When this degradation occurs, the bones rub against each other, causing pain and limiting joint movement.
Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease, in which the body's own defences attack the joint area. It is a chronic inflammation of the synovial membrane (the sac that lines the joint), which then also damages the bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
So, although the symptoms are similar, the cause and progress of these two types of arthritis are different. Osteoarthritis is degenerative and gets worse as the joints wear out, whereas rheumatoid arthritis can appear suddenly, as it is an auto-immune disease. However, both occur on the same joints, which vary from person to person; although most commonly in the fingers, knees, elbows, wrists, shoulders, ankles and feet.
Benefits of aloe vera for joints
A study carried out by Qassim University (Saudi Arabia) published on the Healthline website shows that aloe vera has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in cases of arthritis and osteoarthritis.
These properties can help reduce pain and inflammation in affected joints. By applying aloe vera-based products to these areas, significant relief and improved mobility can be experienced.
In addition to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, aloe vera also provides a cooling sensation and helps to moisturise the joints, which is very beneficial for those suffering from stiffness or dryness.
It should be noted that while aloe vera can provide joint relief, it is not a substitute for proper medical treatment. If you experience persistent joint problems, it is essential to seek the advice of a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
How to use aloe vera for joints
Aloe vera is a great natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, but it is not enough on its own. An anti-inflammatory diet, a healthy weight and adequate exercise are also essential for treating this disorder.
The best way to use aloe vera is to apply the gel or liquid to the affected area(s). You can either apply it directly from the lower half of a leaf of the plant or use our gel. This way you will always have it at hand in good condition.
If you are using aloe vera for the first time, we recommend a sensitivity test. Apply a small amount to a small area of your skin and wait a few moments. If no symptoms occur, it is safe to continue using it. However, if you notice a reaction, such as a rash, irritation or redness, it is best not to use it.
If you experience no adverse reactions, you can apply aloe vera for knee osteoarthritis or the skin of the affected area. Apply aloe vera as you would any other moisturiser, massaging gently until the product is absorbed into the pores.
You can also take aloe vera juice orally to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory and autoimmune response-inhibiting effects, which are especially beneficial in arthritis.
The most practical, safe and pleasant way to ingest it is through our drinkable food supplement based on Aloe Vera juice with pulp. It contains more than 90% fresh aloe vera pulp and you can consume as much as you like. As preservatives, we use ingredients that are safe for your health, such as vitamin C, E and ascorbic acid.
If you take aloe vera, we recommend starting with small amounts, e.g. 50-60 mL (about one tablespoon of juice). This way you can see how your body reacts and take the most suitable dose.
Considerations when using aloe vera for joints
As explained, it is very easy to use aloe vera for joints. Applied externally, it has no side effects, unless you have an allergic reaction; in which case you will experience irritation or a rash, and you should stop using it.
If it is to be taken orally, be aware that taking aloe vera may lower your blood sugar or interfere with diabetes medications. So, if you use aloe vera for this treatment, check your blood sugar levels and adjust the dose of your anti-diabetic medication or consult your doctor. Aloe vera can also reduce potassium levels in the body. In any case, we do not recommend taking it for more than 3-4 weeks at a time to avoid unbalancing your blood sugar levels. You can see how your body responds after this time.
Externally applied aloe vera can reduce the absorption of steroid creams. So, if you need these creams, don't use them at the same time or near aloe vera.
In any case, we recommend you consult your doctor if you are taking medication or supplements and want to treat your joint problems with aloe vera on a regular basis.
Isn't it easy to use aloe vera for arthritis and osteoarthritis? At Finca Canarias, we recommend you try this ancient remedy that has proven highly effective in relieving symptoms and improving the quality of life of those who use it. If you find it effective, you will be able to live with greater wellbeing without having to resort to complicated solutions or more invasive treatments.