This article was last checked and updated 4/8/19 by Capricious Lestrange.
AloeMD is a topical pain relief cream that I recently had the opportunity to try as part of a 3 day study. The claims about AloeMD are impressive, so I was a little wary at first. I was told it would not only relieve my pain, but actually heal the extracellular matrix and that it would actually become more effective over time, requiring me to use less and less. They also claimed that it was as effective at relieving pain as NSAIDs and nearly as effective as steroids, yet it didn’t contain any of these substances. Could it really be as good as they were saying? I’ve been sold a lot of stuff that makes big promises only to break them. However, after only five days (I couldn’t give it up after 3), I’ve seen these claims in action personally and I want to share everything I learned.
Having hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and a mast cell activation disorder, I have suffered from chronic pain since childhood. I have chronic joint dislocations and subluxations, severe migraines, tension headaches from occipital neuralgia and minor TMJ dysfunction, bone pain, fibromyalgia tender points, muscle aches and spasms, frequent bouts of tendonitis and frequent stomach and bowel pain. Being allergic to codeine and unable to tolerate opioids, I have suffered for decades without acceptable pain relief until I turned to holistic medicine. I have tried many things with varying degrees of success. I’m always on the lookout for something more effective so when I heard Aloe Veritas, the makers of AloeMD were looking for study participants, I raised my hand with insistence.
Already being aware of some of the great benefits of aloe and what it can do to improve collagen in EDS, I was curious about this pain cream and how it might fare against the chronic joint pain of hEDS. Aloe has been used to heal a variety of other conditions for years. Just look at all the conditions people have been using aloe to treat since time immemorial:
My AloeMD Trial Results
I decided to use AloeMD on my left elbow for my trial. My left elbow has been causing me pain for over a year, as the tendons are so stretched that my elbow will not stay in proper position for longer than a couple of minutes. It is constantly inflamed and in pain. When it gets far enough out of position, it begins to throb with a stabbing sort of pain and sometimes it becomes so inflamed I cannot get it back into position without a good deal of force. These tendons are constantly in a state of duress, despite months and months of rest, physical therapy, ice, magnesium baths and use of a specially mixed topical pain cream that contains local anesthetic and NSAIDs.
The first time I used AloeMD, I thought for sure I was the victim of the placebo effect. The pain relief came so quickly, I thought I was surely imagining things. Within 5 minutes the pain was significantly reduced. Within 15, it was completely gone. It didn’t last long that first time, only 90 minutes. So I applied some more. Again the relief was almost immediate and this time it lasted a full 2 hours. I noticed this was the trend. Each time I applied it, it acted just as quickly, but each application seemed to last a little longer than the last. When I woke up the next morning, I wasn’t in nearly as much pain as usual. I applied the cream and my pain was completely gone within 10 minutes. This time, I didn’t have to apply anymore until 4 hours later. By the end of day two, I realized I’d put it on about half as often as I did the first day. By day 3, I only used it four times and on day 4 only three.
What really blew me away was that within 2 or 3 minutes of applying it to my elbow, my joint would spontaneously pop back into place, no adjusting, twisting or jerking necessary. I barely moved my arm and heard that loud, satisfying *pop!* of it returning home.
While I never look forward to these things, I can’t wait to try it on other subluxating and dislocating joints. It can be terribly painful to get displaced joints back in, so having a cream that immediately reduces inflammation and decreases pain could be a real game changer for most zebras who traditionally rely on much slower acting pain methods to get them through. My elbow now slides back in like butter and overall, I’m noticing less and less of a pop when applying it, so likely it’s staying a lot closer to home with the reduction of inflammation and healing that has taken place. It’s early yet, but I also haven’t had any full dislocations of the joint in the last 3 days. Since it usually pops out daily and I was certain I was headed for surgery, this is huge for me.
8 Month Update
We ran our of our first 5 ounce tube of this miracle cream right around the 7 month mark and I used this cream on everything. It is every bit as much the lifesaver for dislocations that I suspected. It takes the swelling down immediately and makes it so much easier to get joints to realign and stay there. I’ve only had one scenario where the pain relief AloeMD offers wasn’t enough; my entire cervical spine shifted out of place because it’s herniated at either end. When it shifited, it was pinching a nerve and sending shooting pain through my right arm, rib cage and back. My spine was so far out of alignment, it caused a domino effect where my shoulder and then elbow and sometimes even my wrist would dislocate. It significantly reduced the pain, but it couldn’t quite get rid of it for the first 3-4 days. Everything was going great and I could tell it was healing fine, when I RAN OUT of AloeMD! I ran out and I was flat friggin’ broke. Thinking my neck and shoulder were far enough along to go without, I set myself back completely and everything popped out of place again. When I finally got it three weeks later, I was still struggling terribly. Within two weeks of getting the bottle, it’s almost as if I never went through this terrible experience. This stuff really is worth every single penny.
What Types of Pain will AloeMD Treat?
I still have a lot of testing to do to see how it helps my other types of pain long term. Since I only have a limited supply intended for the test, I decided to do a little “spot treating” of some pain points just to see how it worked on my pain in the short term. I found it very effective for the osteoarthritis pain in my knees, my fibromyalgia tender points and my right hand feels AMAZING after rubbing it into my left elbow over the last five days! I’m so used to dealing with some level of hand pain that I don’t even think about it anymore. Even the pain of holding my fasciablaster and handwriting has been significantly reduced.
When treating these other types of pain, it worked in the same amount of time as it did with my elbow and offered the same amount of pain relief. The pain I have used it on has ranged between a 1 to a 6 and all of it has been successfully treated with AloeMD without the use of any other pain relievers. While using AloeMD, I have not experienced any side effects or allergic reaction to it, despite having a terribly sensitive and unruly mast cell activation disorder. I feel confident it is safe and effective for any spoonie or zebra to use, but of course consult your doctor with any questions you may have about it’s suitability. The ingredients for all their products are listed on the website.
Speaking of fasciablasting, I can’t wait to try out AloeMD in conjunction with fasciablasting. The hardest part of blasting for us zebras is how painful it can be starting out, in addition to the hand pain we deal with just from holding the blaster. I think AloeMD is going to work great as a before or after application cream (or possibly both). Not only will it reduce the pain related with blasting, but the inflammation, while also fostering increased blood flow. It sounds like a big win to me, but of course I’ll do more experimentation and get back to you with my thoughts on this.
Why AloeMD Works
So why is AloeMD so effective? Because it helps heal the extracellular matrix (ECM) with polysaccharides, antioxidants and the other natural healing agents of Aloe, Japonica root (the same place quercetin comes from), resveritrol, curcumin, citrus containing ceramides and other hardworking natural ingredients I’ve mentioned many times before at the Zebra Pit. A white paper I received on the cream explains,
“Disruption of the ECM in mammalian tissues has been implicated in a number of disease processes. ECM deterioration has been associated with poor prognosis of many types of connective and hyperproliferative disorders. In particular, destabilization of proper ECM structure and function in human tissues, such as breast and prostate tissues, has been shown to aggravate the disease process in those organs. This disruption manifests itself in a number of indications, including overexpression of tRAS, inﬂammation, infection, loss of tissue integrity and biochemical imbalances in the cells contained within the matrix, and can lead to increases in mammographic density, microcalciﬁcation, degeneration of healthy tissue, and a number of neoplastic and other disease processes in situ”
“An intact ECM supports cell, tissue, organ, and organ system integrity by providing for proper physiologic functioning of each biologic entity. Chronic alteration of this microenvironment resulting in a prolonged state of dysfunction will lead to end-stage structural alterations that are termed “pathological.” Stabilization of the ECM represents a defense against the onset and progression of chronic disease. AloeMD Cream may work to decrease prolonged ECM disruption represented by various chronic disease states.”
“AloeMD Therapeutic Cream has demonstrated that successful stabilization of the ECM can decrease the morbidity of chronic processes by reducing pain and preserving healthy organ function. 1”
These results mirror my own experience with trying AloeMD. In fact, I feel like I definitely got more relief from applying this cream than I have from the use of advil or Tylenol and since it has a cumulative effect, while I at first needed to apply it more often than I am even allowed to use my local anesthetic cream, I am using it less in the long run. It will also work out to be a lot less expensive, too. Over the 5 days, I have used less than 7ml in total, as all it takes is a dime sized application for any joint.
To learn more about AloeMD and its creator, Dr. McWherter, watch the video below:
- Use it as often as needed. With no contraindications for use, you can apply it as often as you need
- It starts working immediately at reducing inflammation and pain
- It’s natural and gentle on sensitive skin.
- It decreases free-radical damage
- It promotes long-term healthy cellular function
- It absorbs and penetrates where needed most through smart delivery technology
- It defends and strengthens the protective barrier around the cells, preventing interruption of healthy growth
- It diminishes the negative side effects of distressed DNA
- It optimize the body’s own ability to reinforce health using your innate “Doctor Within”
To purchase AloeMD and check out their many other exciting products, visit the store. You can also join the facebook group 4ever Aloe to learn more about the product, see more testimonials from people who have tried it and learn about the science behind the pain relief. I will also be sharing more on each of the Aloe Veritas products as I try them, so be sure to follow the blog if you aren’t already. I’ll be trying the Aloe Veritas Drink Gel next!
While this is a post I wrote in exchange for an opportunity to try this product, I have provided my complete and honest opinion and experiences with AloeMD, just as I have with every product I’ve reviewed here. I’ve actually been so pleased with the way AloeMD has worked for me, I may be partnering with Aloe Veritas to offer their products to our community here. Aloe Veritas offers exactly the kind of quality natural products I want to represent and promote at the Zebra Pit to aid in the health and wellness of our community. This would be a new frontier for us, but it falls in line with our overall mission of providing relief and aiming for better health and quality of life despite chronic illness.