Aloe Vera and Arthritis
Aloe Vera is a stimulant to the immune system, a powerful anti-
inflammatory, an analgesic and is able to speed up cell growth. Aloe
Vera contains a large number of mucopolysaccharides (basic sugars) which
are found in every cell in the body. Aloe also contains large numbers of
nutrients including vitamins E, C, B1, 2, 3, and 6 as well as iron,
manganese, calcium and zinc. Seven essential amino acids and fatty acids
are also found in Aloe Vera.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful, debilitating condition. It
manifests itself as stiff, swollen joints with varying degrees of
associated pain caused partly due to nerve damage and partly by the
pressure of the swollen area.
The swollen area is normally red in colour and described as
inflamed. The redness is caused by the blood supply to the ‘damaged’
area being increased.
Conventional treatment includes use of anti-inflammatory drugs and
steroids, typically cortisone injections or non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs. These certainly can ease the painful effects
but unfortunately do not repair damaged tissues. There can also be
undesirable side effects, particularly thinning of the skin and
osteoporosis. Although many NSAIDs are available, each one has the
potential to cause stomach ulcers.
Repairing damaged tissue by regenerating cells is a function at
which Aloe Vera has been shown to be most successful. It not only
relieves the painful symptoms but also helps to disperse damaged tissue
– a type of detoxification process. Aloe Vera may be taken both
internally as a juice or as a gel applied to the painful joint. Here
Aloe Vera’s deep penetration may show benefit.
The degree of success with this treatment varies considerably from
person to person. With some, relief and improved joint flexibility is
virtually immediate – an apparent ‘magical’ cure, whereas in others, the
process can take much longer and the degree of recovery may not be so
In any event, an important fact must be remembered: Aloe Vera has
no known adverse side effects. It is an extract from the leaf of the
Aloe Vera plant, known throughout the world where it grows naturally as
the ‘First Aid Plant’, the ‘Burn Plant’, the ‘Miracle Plant’ and the