By Kieren Blaze
Searching for a proven result to soothe your aching muscles? Let the mother of all naturally occurring healing plants comfort you in her succulent embrace. Aloe Vera, also known as the true aloe, is a species of succulent plant in the genus Aloe that is grown in arid climates and is distributed worldwide. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine. The following information will help those who suffer from muscle aches and inflammation and, moreover, equip those who seek a natural path to healing.
Muscle and Joint Health
Consuming Aloe Vera as a supplement can aid in maintaining both muscle and joint health. It promotes cell growth in these areas, works as an anti-inflammatory substance and helps cells operate properly for healthy muscles and joints and relief of muscle and joint pain. Along with these findings Aloe Vera has been shown to help with such issues as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and sore muscles.
Our complicated, yet amazing muscular network, can run into problems derived from a multitude of reasons. While there are patients who have a specific diagnosis which results in a targeted treatment plan, most people simply over do it. It is a consequence of one’s modern day life; Work, play, stress, sudden movement, cardio/gym, emotional anxiety; Even having the wrong thoughts can flood your body with toxic chemicals, which left unchecked, can and do end up using the muscle as an unwilling sponge.
STOP THE STINKING THINKING TODAY! Let’s face it, if life doesn’t work out the way we planned and all our dreams don’t come true, it is then still true to say that living life with a positive attitude will pay you back dividends beyond that of any fleeting dream. You will receive for your efforts a mind that is at peace, a heart of joy and… Wait for it; a body you can enjoy!
The truth is, having sore / inflamed muscles is not a sentence to suffering. You have been paroled by a powerful plant and friend that is prepared to free you from your prison of pain. Her name is Aloe. Do not confuse her with popping pills – or lessen her with synthetic steroids. She is pure and purposeful. In-fact Aloe Vera has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which are also present in anti-inflammatory drugs. The difference being of course that Aloes makeup is unforced and naturally occurring. This enables your body to assimilate and utilize it in the way it was designed to. The body can fight or reject man made drugs for many reasons. But with Aloe, it accepts and receives its goodness as if embracing an old friend.
COX-2 – an enzyme (cyclooxygenase-II) responsible for inflammation that causes pain.
The COX-2 Effect
Dr. Robert Davis gives us a succinct, but balanced look at these medical aids know as COX-2 inhibitors:
According to the article “Aloe Vera, Hydrocortisone, and Sterol Influence on Wound Tensile Strength and Anti-Inflammation,” published in December 1994 in the Journal of the American Podiatric Association, by Dr. Robert Davis, aloe vera has a natural cyclooxygenase (COX-2) inhibiting effect which reduces pain, fever and inflammation in the muscle without the harmful effects of the COX-2 inhibiting drugs. Cox-2 inhibiting drugs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Harnessing these facts with extensive research, it is not surprising that many who suffer from muscle pain reach for the healing properties of aloe vera gel, which have been proven and trusted since ancient times. According to an article by Boudreau and Beland in the July 1, 2006, issue of the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, published on the Informaworld website, “More than one-third of the U.S. population uses some sort of alternative medicine.”
Yes, America, along with the people and nations of the world are falling in love with Aloe. In a united sigh of relief they proclaim this miracle for all that it is: Healing, helpful, obtainable and affordable. Let’s run down some bullet points of interest.
Studies confirm that aloe vera contains glucomannans, special cell-surface receptors which repair damaged tissue
Plant hormones in aloe vera call auxins and gibberellins accelerate healing by stimulating cell replication
The combination of salicylic bitter and magnesium work together like an analgesic to soothe and relieve pain on contact
The sodium within aloe vera helps prevent calcium build up in joint and bones
The absorption benefits allow the penetration and incorporation of other active constituents to maximize their known benefits of combined and anti-inflammatory properties
Dr. Ian Tizard of Texas A & M University did research on aloe’s effect on inflammation. Results showed that aloe has a second anti-inflammatory mechanism by blocking indubitable bacteria or viruses that invade the body. Evidence has been presented to show that certain aloe-derived carbohydrates bind specifically to carbohydrate-binding sites. In doing this, they significantly dampen swelling and redness in some models of experimental inflammation. Is it any wonder then that millions lean on the strength aloe vera provides. Its use in nursing and healing aching / inflamed muscle is merely one of its talents.
The Aloe Vera Site