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Aloe

How much aloe should I take?

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  • Different brands or batches of the same brand of aloe vera may contain different amounts of the herb. Read the package labels and discuss proper use of this herb with your doctor. The suggested dosages for adults over age 18 include:

    • For sunburns and minor burns, apply pure aloe vera liberally three or four times a day on the affected area.
    • For constipation, take 0.04 to 0.17 gram of dried aloe vera juice orally, or enough to have a soft stool.
    • For genital herpes, aloe vera in a cream should be applied to lesions daily for five days in a row per week for two weeks.
    • For psoriasis, apply aloe vera in a cream to the affected areas for five days in a row per week for as long as four weeks.

    For children, consult your doctor about using aloe vera.

  • Recommended doses of aloe for adults (18 years and older):
    • In general, pure Aloe vera gel is often used liberally on the skin 3-4 times daily for the treatment of sunburn and other minor burns. Creams and lotions are also available. Skin products are available that contain aloe alone or aloe combined with other active ingredients.
    • For constipation, 0.04-0.17 grams of dried juice (corresponding to 10-30 milligrams of the aloe constituents hydroxyanthraquinones) taken by mouth has been recommended. Dried aloe juice (150 milligrams) has been taken by mouth daily for 28 days in combination with celandine and psyllium.
    • For diabetes (type 2), 5-15 milliliters of aloe juice has been taken by mouth twice daily.
    • For dental plaque and gingivitis, a dentifrice containing Aloe vera has been used three times daily for 30 days.
    • For genital herpes, a hydrophilic cream of 0.5% (by weight) of a 50% ethanol extract, combined with liquid paraffin and castor oil, has been used on affected areas three times daily for five days in a row per week, for up to two weeks.
    • For HIV infection, 1,000-1,600 milligrams of the aloe constituent acemannan has been taken by mouth in four equal doses daily for 48 weeks.
    • For lichen planus, an Aloe vera gel has been applied twice daily to affected area(s) for eight weeks.
    • For psoriasis vulgaris, a water-soluble cream of 0.5% (by weight) of a 50% ethanol extract of aloe, combined with mineral and castor oils, has been used three times daily for five days in a row per week, for up to four weeks.
    • For skin burns, a 97.5% Aloe vera gel has been applied to affected area(s) for two days in a row.
    You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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