Used externally for wounds, irritations, burns and internally for digestion, constipation, ulcers and much more.
Aloe vera is a member of the lily family and a popular houseplant. The centre of the succulent spiky leaves contains a gel used for healing wounds, while the bitter yellow juice found below the surface is a powerful laxative.
Aloe vera gel can be applied externally to the skin for the treatment of skin irritation, wounds and minor burns. It is also taken internally to relieve irritations of the digestive tract, such as peptic and gastric ulcers. While there is some evidence from clinical trials and animal studies to suggest that aloe vera gel can promote wound healing, the results are not conclusive.
Recently there has been a lot of interest in acemannan, as it has been shown to stimulate the immune function. While no clinical trials exist at the moment for its treatment of any specific illness, it may prove promising for a number of conditions in the future.
Bitter aloe vera juice is a laxative and can be used to treat constipation; however, since it is so powerful it is rarely used.
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