Aloe Herb - Uses And Side Effects
What is Aloe?
Aloe has a long history of popular use. It comes from the aloe vera plant (also called Aloe barbadensis, A. vulgaris hybrids, A. africana, A. ferox, A. perryi, and A. splcata). The plant's large, bladelike leaves are the source of aloe gel. Aloe preparations for oral use contain either the colorless juice that comes from plant's top layer or a solid yellow latex obtained by evaporating the juice.
Aloe comes as both topical and oral preparations. Topical preparations contain the colorless aloe gel or aloe vera gel (sometimes mistakenly called "aloe juice"). Aloe gel can be prepared by various methods. Some people prefer to obtain fresh gel directly from the aloe vera plant.
Common doses of Aloe
Aloe comes as:
Some experts recommend the following doses:
Although internal use isn't recommended, some people suggest 100 to 200 milligrams of aloe or 50 to 100 milligrams of aloe extract orally, taken in the evening.
Why people use Aloe herb
Side effects of Aloe
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of Aloe:
Aloe also can cause :-
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use aloe internally if you're taking :-
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Studies show that topical aloe gel application eases acute inflammation and itching, promotes wound healing, and reduces pain. Fresh aloe may have value in treating burns and minor tissue injury, although studies aren't well documented. The Food and Drug Administration considers topical aloe to be generally safe, although it doesn't recommend aloe for any specific condition.
No studies support internal consumption of aloe juice. Aloe laxatives that contain anthraquinone have dramatic effects, and most experts recommend less toxic laxatives.
A recent study found that aloe can alter the body's DNA. This finding may lead to research investigating aloe's possible role in treating cancer.
Other names for Aloe: -
Other names for aloe include aloe barbadensis, aloe vera, Basbadoa aloe, burn plant, Cape aloe, Curacao aloe, elephant's gall, first aid plant, hsiang-dan, lily of desert and Zanzibar aloe.
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