For hundreds of years, people have eaten the leaves of the aloe plant, unaware of the broad range of its medicinal properties.
- Aloe vera provides powerful support to the immune system.
- Aloe vera has been shown to support the function of immune cells,
- Aloe vera aids in the body's defense against harmful invaders.
- Aloe vera also works to normalize the growth of intestinal bacteria, thus reducing indigestion and hyperacidity.
Scientific evidence for the cosmetic and therapeutic
effectiveness of Aloe vera is limited and when
present is typically contradictory.
Despite this, the cosmetic and alternative medicine
industries regularly make claims regarding the soothing,
moisturising and healing properties of Aloe vera,
especially via Internet advertising.
Aloe vera gel is used as an ingredient in
beverages and some
Aloe vera juice is used for consumption and relief of
digestive issues such as
irritable bowel syndrome. It is common practice for
cosmetic companies to add sap or other derivatives from
Aloe vera to products such as
It has also been suggested that biofuels could be obtained
from Aloe vera seeds.
Other uses for extracts of Aloe vera include the
semen for the artificial fertilization of sheep,
use as fresh food preservative,
and use in
water conservation in small farms.
juice for ingestion.
Aloe vera has a long association with
herbal medicine, although it is not known when its
medical applications were first discovered. Early records of
Aloe vera use appear in the
Ebers Papyrus from 16th century BCE,
Dioscorides' De Materia Medica and
Pliny the Elder's
Natural History written in the mid-first century CE
along with the
Juliana Anicia Codex produced in 512 CE.
Aloe vera is non-toxic, with no known side effects,
aloin has been removed by processing. Taking Aloe
vera that contains
aloin in excess amounts has been associated with various
However, the species is used widely in the traditional
herbal medicine of
South Africa, the
United States, Jamaica and
Aloe vera is alleged to be effective in treatment
Evidence on the effects of Aloe vera sap on wound
healing, however, is limited and contradictory.
Some studies, for example, show that Aloe vera
promotes the rates of healing,
while in contrast, other studies show that wounds to which
Aloe vera gel was applied were significantly slower
to heal than those treated with conventional medical
A more recent review (2007) concludes that the cumulative
evidence supports the use of Aloe vera for the
healing of first to second degree burns.
In addition to topical use in wound or burn healing,
internal intake of Aloe vera has been linked with
glucose levels in
and with lower blood
but also with acute hepatitis (liver disease).
In other diseases, preliminary studies have suggested oral
Aloe vera gel may reduce symptoms and inflammation in
Compounds extracted from Aloe vera have been used as
immunostimulant that aids in fighting cancers in cats
however, this treatment has not been scientifically tested
in humans. The injection of Aloe vera extracts to
treat cancer has resulted in the deaths of several patients.
Topical application of Aloe vera may be effective
for genital herpes and psoriasis.
However, it is not effective for the prevention of
radiation-induced injuries, nor does it offer protection
from sunburn or suntan.
In a double-blind clinical trial the group using an Aloe
vera containing dentifrice and the group using a
fluoridated dentifrice both demonstrated a statistically
significant reduction of gingivitis and plaque.
Aloe vera extracts have
antifungal activities. Aloe vera extracts have
been shown to inhibit the growth of fungi that cause
however, evidence for control beneath human skin remains to
be established. For bacteria, inner-leaf gel from Aloe
vera was shown to inhibit growth of
Shigella species in vitro.
In contrast, Aloe vera extracts failed to show
antibiotic properties against
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