Aloe

Aloe

Aloe
Aloe vera has been used for various medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Aloe vera gel treats burns, skin wounds and infections. The dried latex from the inner lining of the aloe vera leaf is used as an oral laxative. As with any alternative medicine please consult your health provider for treatment, correct dosage, benefits and risk factors.

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    Aloe vera has been used around the world since ancient times. This herb was given as a gift to deceased pharaohs and has been discovered etched on early Egyptian stone carvings. Aloe vera is known by many names including Acemannan, Aloe africana, Aloe arborescens Miller, Aloe barbadensis, Aloe barbadesis, Aloe capensis, aloe-coated gloves, Aloe Ferox, Aloe Gel, Aloe Latex, Aloe Leaf Gel, Aloe mucilage, Aloe natalenis, Aloe Perfoliata, Aloe Perryi Baker, Aloe saponaria, Aloe spicata, Aloe Vera, Aloe vulgari, Aloe Vera Barbenoids, Aloe Vera Gel, Aloes, Arborescens natalenis, Barbados Aloe, bitter aloe, Burn Plant, Cape Aloe, Carrisyn Curacao aloe, Chritkumari, Curacao Aloe, Elephant's Gall, first-aid plant, Ghai kunwar, Ghee-Kunwar, Ghikumar, Ghi-Kuvar, Ghrita-Kumari, Gvar Patha, hirukattali, Hsiang-Dan, Indian Aloe, Jafarabad Aloe, jelly leek, Kanya, Kumari, lahoi, laloi, Lily of the Desert, Lu-Hui, medicine plant, Mediterranean aloe, Miracle Plant, mocha aloes, mussabar, natal aloes, nohwa, Plant of Immortality, plant of life, rokai, sabilla, Savila, Socotrine aloe, subr, true aloe, Venezuela aloe, Za'bila, Zanzibar aloe.

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    Carefully monitor your blood sugar if you are already on a medication to treat diabetes and decide to take Aloe. Do not combine with medications that decrease blood clotting or cause a laxative efffect. Aloe should also not be taken if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin).
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    Aloe vera is available over-the-counter mixed with other ingredients or in its pure form. There are a few prescription medications with aloe vera as one of the active or inactive ingredients, but there is no prescription strength aloe vera. Individuals can purchase their own aloe vera plant and break open the leaves to use the gel. This herb has been used in studies involving cancer patients and has been used along with chemotherapy to benefit individuals with metastatic cancer.

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    Aloe Vera sap actually contains at least 13 different drugs. And some of these do inhibit tumors and others stop the pain of sunburn. It kills bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It increases collagen in wounds. And it helps psoriasis and some skin rashes. All good so far. But in some people, it can paradoxically causes rashes and worse, it can actually cause mutations in cells. And not a single study has ever shown that it has an anti-aging effect.
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    Herbs such as aloe vera are not strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are no absolute standards of purity, safety, and effectiveness and it is important to talk to your doctor about all herbs, supplements, OTC medications, and prescription medications you are taking. Inform your healthcare provider about all alternative and complementary medicine therapies you are using.

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    Topical aloe vera is intended for moisturizing the skin and healing skin infections, wounds, burns, and skin conditions. It has been shown to generally be safe and possibly effective in the treatment of psoriasis when applied to the affected area.

    Aloe vera is effective for constipation when the latex is taken orally, but it may cause side effects of cramping and diarrhea. Individuals use aloe vera for many conditions that have not been studied for safety and efficacy. The FDA requested manufacturers remove or reformulate oral laxative products and report safety data by November 2002.


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    Based on information from iGuard.org, a free medication monitoring service, 8% of patients experience side effects while taking Aloe Vera. A side effect reported by iGuard members includes hypoglycemia. Please follow up with your doctor or other healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms that worsen or do not go away.
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    Individuals wanting to use aloe vera should follow recommended dosing on package labeling. Talk to your doctor about proper use of this herb. Use of oral aloe vera for a week may result in dependency on aloe vera or constipation that worsens after use has stopped. Using aloe vera gel for a prolonged period of time can lead to allergic reactions including hives or an eczema-like rash.

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    I often recommend that my patients add one ounce of aloe vera to their smoothies or a glass of water each day to keep things moving through their digestive tract and prevent constipation. It has gentle laxative properties and can soothe stomach irritation. Take a 500 mg capsule before or after meals or consume 1-2 ounces per day in your smoothies. Note that this shouldn’t be taken long term, but is perfect adjunct to a detox diet, or during times that you feel your bowels are stuck in the slow lane.

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    Although aloe vera is generally thought to be safe, individuals who are allergic or hypersensitive to aloe vera, or any ingredient in the gel preparation, should not use these products.

    The oral use of aloe vera in children may not be safe. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take aloe vera. Individuals with diabetes or problems with low blood sugar should avoid aloe vera because it can cause further lowering of blood glucose. Intestinal conditions such as Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, or obstructions can be worsened by the oral use of aloe vera. Individuals with kidney problems or hemorrhoids should not use aloe vera orally. If you are going to have surgery, discontinue the use of aloe vera two weeks before the procedure. The FDA requested manufacturers remove or reformulate oral laxative products and report safety data by November 2002.