Bovine cartilage, also known as cow cartilage, is sometimes used as medicine to treat conditions including:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • ulcerative colitis
  • scleroderma and psoriasis
  • herpes
  • cancer
  • allergic reactions
  • external hemorrhoids and rectal itching
  • acne
  • poison oak or ivy dermatitis


Bovine cartilage is suspected to provide chemicals needed for cartilage construction in people with arthritis. It is also suspected to reduce swelling and help wounds heal.

There’s insufficient evidence supporting anti-carcinogenic properties of bovine cartilage as well as effectiveness of bovine cartilage in treating ulcerative colitis and other conditions.


Bovine cartilage may cause side effects including diarrhea, nausea, swelling, local redness, and itching.

Mad cow disease and other diseases from animal products are feared to be contracted from the use of bovine cartilage, however there’s no evidence supporting the transmittance of mad cow disease through cartilage products. To be on the safe side, avoid bovine cartilage use where mad cow disease has been found.

Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid use of bovine cartilage.

Other Names

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.



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