- Aloe Vera: With the passage of time and more researches being done on Aloe Vera, studies and findings have shown that Aloe Vera has a potential role in providing support to our joints by helping out with inflammation and swelling. This is possible due to the properties of Aloe Vera that make it modulate the body’s immune system.
The fact about Aloe Vera providing a healing and cooling effect when it is applied on burns and rashes has been long known. Aloe Vera acts similarly when it is ingested. Why is this so? The science and reasoning behind this phenomenon is the healing property of it. Acemannan is the polysaccharide found in the inner parts of the Aloe Vera leaves that aid to this characteristic of the plant.
Lets have a look into the dosages of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera tends to be effective both ways when it is taken orally or when it is taken topically. Aloe Vera is generally safe no matter in what way you take it because it is 100% natural and contains any synthetic or psychoactive substances.
Note: Despite the fact that raw aloe from a plant can grow in your home and can be taken orally, it is advised to not eat raw aloe. To take aloe orally, one should take it with a product that is made for oral consumption.
Topical Aloe (Gel): Aloe Vera Gel can be taken as long as it is free from additives. It can be applied on joints as often as required.
Oral Aloe (Extract, Juice or capsules): Aloe can be taken orally. A dosage of 300 mg daily in the form of Aloe Vera capsule is advised or about 2 fl oz. two times a day from a pure aloe extract. This extract should be made from the inner gel of the aloe leaf.
- CBD (Cannabidiol): Cannabidiol is a compound that exists naturally and is found in the resinous flower of cannabis. Cannabis itself is a plant that has a rich history in medicine and treatments that date back to thousands of years.
Recent studies have shown that CBD plays an important role in the treatment of arthritis. Studies carried out on animals suggest that the use of CBD oil can help in treating arthritis and can relieve pain associated with inflammation. A study done in 2011 shoed that CBD helps to reduce inflammation in rats by influencing the way that pain receptors respond to impetus. Another study carried out in 2017 found out CBD to be safe and useful for treating osteoarthritis joint pain.
Cannabinoids such as CBD attach themselves to various specialized receptors present in the brain and immune system of a person. These receptors include CB2 that plays a role in a person’s immune system by dealing and managing with inflammation and pain. According to research when CBD enters a person’s body, it gets attached to the CB2 receptors and alternatively may cause the body to synthesize natural cannabinoids.
Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD help to slow down or stop the progression of Rheumatoid arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis causes permanent damage to the joints over a period of time.
How to use CBD? CBD oil comes in the form of both liquid and a capsule. It is up to you to take a capsule by mouth or to add in CBD oil in your food or water. CBD oil can even be mixed with your favorite lotion and can be applied directly to your skin to help with achy joints. It is best advised to work with the doctor for devising of the best dosage for you. It is best to start with a very small dose so that you can see how your body reacts to it. If you do not notice any side effects then you can try to slowly increase the dosage. Products vary with the CBD quantity. Some contain as little as 2.5 milligrams where as some contain more than 1,000mg.
CBD is present as an ingredient in many products such as balms, tablets, sprays and creams. There is a new type of cannabis product that delivers both long-lasting and quick relief from pain. These are the CBD patches for pain. CBD patches contain a concentrated amount of the compound and are extremely user-friendly and absorbing. All that needs to be done is the peeling off of the transdermal patch. Then place the patch on the venous area of your skin that has arthritis or other kinds of pain. The patch consists of a membrane that is porous and it reacts with the body heat to absorb and then release CBD into the bloodstream for optimum results.
CBD patches for pain give the most powerful and pain relieving cannabinoids into the bloodstream through the absorption of multiple layers of the skin. The patches after application, take 20 minutes to kick in.
Chapter 2: Mediums (formats) of Treatment
There are many mediums of treatment that exist in the developed world today. It is the patient’s choice to which medium he points towards and adopts for the treatment of his disease. Similarly, there are many remedies and mediums for treating arthritis. So how does one decide between these formats and decide which one is the best for his joint pain? Natural arthritis remedies come in many forms and these include:
- Capsules: Capsules are often seen as the easiest supplements to swallow. People prefer to make use of capsules because of the fact that they are convenient and portable. However, capsules are so small that they are even smaller than tablets. This means that manufacturers fit in only small amount of each therapeutic ingredient in them. So what does this mean? It clearly means that a person will need to take 2-3 capsules a day to get the desired therapeutic dosage and to get the expected results.
- Tablets: Being larger than capsules; tablets have more room in them for each ingredient. This means that a person can expect to get his entire day’s joint pain relief from just a single tablet. However, the downside of using tablets is that people usually face difficulty in swallowing tablets. Hence, in this case other formats of remedy might be a better option.
- Powders: We all know that a powder scoop is larger than a capsule and a tablet. This means that the dosage of powders will contain the strongest relief from arthritis symptoms. People tend to believe that powders are less convenient, however this is more of a perception than a fact because in this format all that you need to do is to stir up the powder into juice or water. You can even sprinkle powders on your cereals.
- Sprays: Patients who suffer from arthritis prefer using this format of remedy as well. Sprays are usually non-greasy and help to soothe arthritic joints. What makes these special is the fact that they can be used on most parts of the body such as the wrist, fingers, hip, knee or any other joints of the body that are aching.
- Patches: Transdermal patches are a very good means of providing therapy for arthritis. They avoid gastrointestinal tract difficulties while being absorbed because of drug interactions with enzymes and food. The patches also prevent the drugs from passing through the systemic and portal circulation. However, these can sometimes irritate or sensitize the skin of the patient. Environmental impact can also decrease the efficiency of adhesiveness of these patches due to the different types of skin.
There are two possible treatment routes for arthritis. These include the medical and the natural route of cure. The treatments focus on providing relief to the symptoms and improve the functioning of joints. A person may need to try a combination of treatments before they can determine what works best for them. Medications that are used to treat the disease include: Analgesics, NSAIDs, DMARDs, Corticosteroids etc. Some natural ingredients such as CBD, Aloe Vera, ginger, grape seed extract, methinone etc provide great relief to the inflammation and pain caused by arthritis and its types.
There are different types of formats of natural treatments and these include: powders, sprays, patches, tablets and capsules. You should consult your doctor to decide what works best for you and the type of arthritis you have.