What is bovine cartilage used for?
Cartilage is a substance in the body that provides structural support. Bovine cartilage comes from cows (bovine). People sometimes use bovine cartilage as medicine.
Bovine cartilage is taken by mouth or injected under the skin (given subcutaneously) for:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Skin conditions such as scleroderma and psoriasis
- Herpes infection
- Brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme), and other cancers
It is also taken by mouth for allergic reactions caused by chemical toxins.
Bovine cartilage is applied directly to the skin (used topically) for:
- Wounds that won’t heal
- External hemorrhoids and rectal itching
- skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis caused by poison oak or poison ivy
It is also used for “dry socket,” a painful complication of tooth extraction.
Bovine cartilage is sometimes applied to the anus for internal hemorrhoids and anal tears.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how bovine cartilage works. Please discuss with your doctor for more information. However, it is known that bovine cartilage might work by providing chemicals needed for rebuilding cartilage in people with osteoarthritis. It might also help reduce swelling and help wounds heal more effectively.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using bovine cartilage?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
- You have allergy with any substances of bovine cartilage or other medications or other herbs.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
The regulations for a supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your doctor for more information.
How safe is bovine cartilage?
Bovine cartilage is possibly safe when taken by mouth, applied to the skin, or administered as a shot into the muscle or below the skin for medicinal purposes.
There is some concern about the possibility of catching “mad cow disease” (bovine spongiform encephalitis, BSE) or other diseases from products that come from animals. “Mad cow disease” does not appear to be transmitted through cartilage products, but it is probably wise to avoid animal products from countries where mad cow disease has been found.
Special precautions & warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking bovine cartilage if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
What kind of side effects may I have from bovine cartilage?
Bovine cartilage can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, swelling, local redness, and itching.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your doctor.
What interactions may I have with bovine cartilage?
Bovine cartilage may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your doctor before using.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for bovine cartilage?
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
APPLIED TO THE SKIN (USED TOPICALLY):
- For itchiness near the anus (anal pruritus): A 5% cream applied two or more times daily.
- For acne: A 5% cream applied at least twice daily after washing.
- For soreness in the gum after a tooth is pulled: Powdered bovine cartilage mixed with salt water to form a paste, packed into the dry socket following tooth extraction.
As a stool softener for hemorrhoids and cracked skin around the anus: 2.2 grams of bovine cartilage in the form of a 2% suppository inserted at least three times daily along with 100 mg of dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS) taken by mouth twice daily.
INJECTED UNDER THE SKIN (GIVEN SUBCUTANEOUSLY):
Healthcare providers give bovine cartilage by injection (shot) under the skin for osteoarthritis and psoriasis.
INJECTED INTO THE MUSCLE (GIVEN INTRAMUSCULARLY):
Healthcare providers give bovine cartilage by injection (shot) into the muscle for osteoarthritis.
The dose for bovine cartilage may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does bovine cartilage come in?
Bovine cartilage may be available in the following forms:
- Encapsulated bovine cartilage
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Bovine Cartilage http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-155-bovine%20cartilage.aspx?activeingredientid=155&activeingredientname=bovine%20cartilage Accessed September 13, 2017
Bovine Cartilage http://www.emedicinehealth.com/bovine_cartilage/vitamins-supplements.htm Accessed September 13, 2017
Review Date: September 13, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2017