Antitumor Angiogenesis Factor (anti-TAF), Bovine Tracheal Cartilage (BTC), Cartilage Trachéal de Bovins, Cartílago Bovino, Catrix, Catrix-S, Collagen Bovine, Collagène Bovin, Glycosaminoglycan Polysulphuric Acid Complex, Processed Bovine Cartilage, Psoriacin, Psoriacin-T, Rumalon.
Overview InformationCartilage 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), osteoarthritis, 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 and is injected under the skin for inflammation of intestine (enteritis).
Bovine cartilage is applied directly to the skin (used topically) for wounds that won't heal; external hemorrhoids and rectal itching; and 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.
Health providers sometimes give bovine cartilage as a shot (injection into the muscle) for osteoarthritis.
How does it work?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.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Acne. Early research shows that applying bovine cartilage to the skin helps reduce acne in some people.
- "Dry socket" after tooth extraction. Early research shows that applying bovine cartilage to the tooth socket after tooth extraction reduces pain in some people who develop a "dry socket."
- Rectal tears. Early research shows that bovine cartilage helps reduce symptoms of rectal tears when applied internally as a suppository in rectum.
- Anal itching. Early research shows that bovine cartilage helps reduce symptoms of anal itching when applied externally on the rectum.
- Cancer. Early research shows that injections of bovine cartilage under the skin along with bovine cartilage capsules taken by mouth might help treat cancer in some people.
- Inflammation of the intestine (enteritis). Early research shows that injecting bovine cartilage under the skin helps improve strength and weight and decreases the need for steroid drugs in people with inflammation of the intestine.
- Hemorrhoids. Early research shows that bovine cartilage helps reduce itching when applied externally on the rectum in people with external hemorrhoids. Using a bovine cartilage suppository inside the rectum may also help reduce symptoms in people with hemorrhoids.
- Osteoarthritis. Early research shows that injecting bovine cartilage under the skin may help decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis. Additionally, injecting a bovine cartilage-bone marrow combination into the muscle improves pain and other osteoarthritis symptoms in some people when taken for up to 3 years. But this effect does not seem to last longer than 3 years.
- Skin reaction caused by poison oak and poison ivy. Early research shows that using bovine cartilage cream on the skin helps resolve skin reactions caused by poison oak and poison ivy within 1-2 weeks.
- Psoriasis. Early research shows that applying bovine cartilage to the skin or injecting it under the skin for 6 weeks may improve symptoms of psoriasis.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Early research shows that injecting bovine cartilage under the skin helps reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Ulcerative colitis. Early research shows that injecting bovine cartilage under the skin helps reduce the need for surgery in people with ulcerative colitis.
- Wound healing. Early research shows that applying a specific ointment (Catrix 10) containing powdered bovine cartilage to the skin helps reduce skin redness, swelling, and erosion following a laser procedure on the face. Applying bovine cartilage from calves may actually help heal wounds faster than applying bovine cartilage from adult or unborn cows.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyBovine cartilage is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth, applied to the skin, or administered as a shot into the muscle or below the skin for medicinal purposes. It can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, swelling, local redness, and itching.
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.
We currently have no information for BOVINE CARTILAGE Interactions.
The appropriate dose of bovine cartilage depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for bovine cartilage. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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