Aloe Vera is still used to some extent to help support constipation and as a bitter tonic. Millions of litres of gel are used annually for health drinks and dietary supplements. It is assumed to be beneficial in supporting burns and other skin concer... *
Aloe Vera is still used to some extent to help support constipation and as a bitter tonic. Millions of litres of gel are used annually for health drinks and dietary supplements. It is assumed to be beneficial in supporting burns and other skin concerns, infections and inflarnmations, the immune system, high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol, and even immunity problems.
Aloe Vera Aloe Vera (L.) Burm. f. (= Aloe barbadensis Mill.).
Other Names: Curaçao aloe; aloès vrai, laloi (French); Echte Aloe, Aloe vera (German); aloe vera (Italian); sábila, zábila (Spanish).
Description: This aloe is a stemless plant with one to several rosettes of thick, fleshy, non-thorny leaves and erect, yellow or red flower clusters.
Origin: North Africa. Aloe vera is an ancient cultigen and forms the basis of a very large industry, mainly in Central America and the southern USA.
Parts Used: The gel is the non-bitter, slimy inner leaf pulp, nowadays the main product. This should not be confused with the extremely bitter, yellow leaf exudate, which is dried to a crystalline substance known as Curaçao aloes or Barbados aloes. Pure gel is obtained by cutting away the outer aloin-containing layers of the leaf. Known as "filleting", the process can be done by hand (the best quality) or mechanically. Alternatively the whole leaf is pulped and the aloin removed by filtration (so-called "whole leaf extract").
Active Ingredients: Curaçao aloes has aloin (an anthrone C-glucoside) as main laxative compound (up to 38%). The gel contains 0.5-2% solids, including complex polysaccharides (glucomannans), glycoproteins, amino acids, minerals, salicylic acid and enzymes. An acetylated mannan (acemannan, Carrisyn) is used in wound therapy. Gel used for health drinks is often bitter and mildly laxative, with aloin present at levels of 10 ppm or more.
Health Effects: Apart from the laxative bitters, the gel has anti-inflammatory, wound-mending and immune stimulatory properties (though not scientifically established in detail).
Status: Pharm.; Comm. E+; WHO 1 (gel).
Preparation and Dosage: The minimum dose to maintain a soft stool is used (20 - 30 mg aloin per day), while 50 - 100 mL of the gel may be taken three times a day as a tonic.
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Take 1-3 capsules at bedtime.
Aloe should not be taken internally by pregnant women or anyone with gastrointestinal problems, such as colitis, Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel syndrome. Do not use for more than 10 days consecutively without professional medical attention. Chronic laxative use is potentially dangerous.
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