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Aloe Vera and Arthritis Treatments

By    |   Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 04:49 PM

The consensus about aloe vera as an arthritis treatment for joint pain is that it needs more study. While it has been used for centuries to treat minor skin problems, including wounds and burns, using aloe for arthritis is mostly an unknown commodity.

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"Despite being used as arthritis treatment for centuries … evidence of effectiveness of aloe vera is anecdotal or from small studies," said a study published in 2008 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. "The perceived benefits of prescribing aloe vera for [osteoarthritis] may be twofold: It has utility as an anti-inflammatory agent and also as a prophylactic against the gastrointestinal irritant effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Long-term, randomized, controlled studies are still needed to address the lack of evidence informing optimum prescribing of pain medication for people with OA."

Some people use aloe vera as a topical treatment for arthritis. Its gel, which contains phytochemicals and is found in its leaves, can be applied to a painful joint or limb. While applying aloe topically to a painful area isn't a proven way to get relief, it's unlikely to cause harm, according to Healthline.

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Others seeking joint pain relief consume the juice of the aloe vera plant, but the effectiveness of this method needs study and could contribute to other health problems.

According to the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, "ingestion of aloe vera is associated with diarrhea, electrolyte imbalance, kidney dysfunction, and conventional drug interactions; episodes of contact dermatitis, erythema, and phototoxicity have been reported from topical applications."

Aloe vera has several properties valued in nutrition, among them vitamins C and E, B1, B2, B3 and B6. Aloe vera also contains manganese, zinc, calcium and iron.

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