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.
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