Thursday, April 4, 2013

Aloe Vera - A Natural Remedy for Arthritis

Arthiritis is a condition which causes inflammation of the joints of the body. It comes in over 100 different forms and affects millions of people. Arthritis can have a multitude of causes, such as trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, age, weight, and genetics, to name a few. The most common forms of arthirits are osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, and septic arthritis.

Those suffering from arthritis typically suffer from joint pain. The pain may be constant and it is caused by the inflammation around the joint, daily wear and tear of the joint, damage to the joint from the disease, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against the stiff joint, and fatigue.

Conventional treatment for arthritis includes anti inflammatory drugs and steroids to reduce the swelling of the joints and ease the pain that accompanies it. While these medicines do work, they may come with undesirable side effects, such as thinning of the skin and osteoporosis.

Fortunately, Aloe Vera is a natural and effective method for treating arthritis. In fact, the plant extracts serve as a potent anti-inflammatory and have been used for ages for just this purpose. Research has shown that regular use of aloe vera, either by capsule, concentrated juice, cream or gel, can help reduce the painful swelling of arthritis, without any unwanted side effects. In addition to reducing inflammation, aloe vera's unique make up enables it to successfully repair damaged tissue by regenerating cells.

To use aloe vera topically as a treatment for arthritis, you can apply the gel or cream to the affected area and gently massage it into the skin. Repeat as needed, even up to every 4 hours for severely inflamed joints. You may also take aloe vera orally, in capsule or juice form.

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