The magical “Aloe Vera”

              

            “Aloe Vera”, a plant that most of us know as a “healing plant” for its external application benefits. This plant cannot be beaten as an external wound healer, especially for burns.  Aloe has much more to offer than merely its skin clearing properties. Aloe plant has remarkable health enhancing and medicinal properties. 

             More than 240 species of aloe are now identified and grown mainly in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Out of these 240 species, 4 are recognised as having significant nutritional value. “Aloe barbadensis miller” is the leader. The aloe leaf is shown to contain at least 75 nutrients and more than 200 active compounds. It also contains 20 minerals, 20 of the total 22 essential amino acids and 12 vitamins. According to juice authority Steve Meyerowitz, aloe vera juice contains vitamins, minerals and nutrients including B1,B2,B3,B6,C, choline, calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, silicon (Bowden,2007).

  Key uses and health benefits:

  • Whole leaves and fresh or dehydrated juice from aloe plant are used for wound healing.
  • Externally used for burns, sunburns, wounds, insect bites, scars etc.
  •  Several studies show aloe having antibacterial and antifungal activities against a number of organisms, especially skin pathogens.
  • Reduces inflammation, speeds up healing and relieves irritation as it heals.
  • Aloe vera juice eases internal inflammation.

            The gel from the aloe leaf is shown to reduce inflammation and it also shows antibacterial effects. When applied on the skin it acts by relieving pain, itching and swelling. According to a report in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, aloe decreases the surgical recovery time.

            Aloe juice is shown to ease internal inflammation as well. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory action in the digestive system and is often recommended by experts for heartburn and to ease constipation. Internally aloe has laxative and cathartic effects which explains its recommendation to ease constipation. According to a study mentioned in the Journal of Alternative Medicine, aloe vera juice can be effective in inflammatory bowel disease. In this study, 10 patients were give 2 ounces of aloe vera juice three times a day, for 7 days. After a week it was found that, all patients were cured of diarrhea, 4 had improved bowel regularity and 3 reported increased energy. The researchers concluded that aloe helped rebalance the intestine by “regulating gastrointestinal pH while improving gastrointestinal motility, increasing stool specific gravity, and reducing populations of certain fecal microorganisms, including yeast.” (Bowden,2007,pp 272). Several other studies have shown that aloe vera juice helps to detoxify the bowel, neutralize stomach acidity, relieve constipation and gastric ulcers.

CAUTION:

Experts recommend taking necessary precautions while using aloe internally because of its laxative and cathartic effects. Should not be used during pregnancy since it is shown to stimulate uterine contractions.

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**

References:

1.Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,

     Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

2. Kidd, R, D.V.M., Ph.D., (2000). Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dog Care, North Adams, M.A.: Storey Publishing.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Nimesh Mehta on April 8, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Great Article. Let there be more of such…….. Congrats Article like such help the whole universe to keep healthy.

    Regards……

    Reply

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