The Aloe plant has thick dark green leaves, which contain clear gel that makes an excellent treatment for wounds, burns and other skin disorders. Alternative medicine has used the aloe plant for thousands of years to help with a variety of ailments, from constipation to acid reflux to sunburns to rheumatoid arthritis. The cooling properties of the aloe vera plant reduce inflammation and redness, swelling and irritation. Since the key symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is painful inflammation of the joints, topical application of aloe vera may help to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder of the immune system that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues, due to the body’s immune system attacking its own healthy tissue. This condition can also affect your organs.
Apply aloe gel to your joints, as necessary, to treat rheumatoid arthritis. For best results, use the gel directly from the plant for use in aloe vera treatment. The anti-inflammatory properties can help ease the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis to give you temporary relief.
- Cut a leaf off from a mature aloe vera plant using a sharp pair of scissors, and peel away the outer leaf to reveal the clear gel inside. Use your fingers to get the gel out of the plant. Alternatively, cut off the end of the leaf and squeeze out the gel; you may not get as much aloe vera use this way, however.
- Spread the aloe gel onto the areas that are bothering you the most. Apply it as you would any other lotion.
Drink aloe vera juice to help treat rheumatoid arthritis. Start in small doses to see how your body reacts to the aloe vera treatment and to help avoid potential side effects. Begin with 2 to 3 oz. of aloe juice once per day, and work up to 3 times per day. This may help with any inflammation that has occurred inside your body, including your digestive system, since rheumatoid arthritis can affect your organs as well.
Use an aloe vera treatment with other remedies in order to fully treat rheumatoid arthritis. Aloe vera use alone is not sufficient for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor will be able to help you determine a full course of action to better serve your symptoms.