LATIN NAME: Aloe vera
ORIGIN: it originates from the Arabian Peninsula
HABITAT: grows wild in tropical climates around the world
PARTS USED: Leaves
BOTANICAL INFORMATION: The root system is underdeveloped. Stalk is short. Leafy rosette reaches 60 centimeters in diameter. The leaves are mottled, with spines running along their edges. The flowers are tubular, orange or yellowish-orange in color.
The main component of the leaves of the plant is water (97%).
Leaves of aloe vera consists as well of:
- essential oils
- simple organic acids (malic, citric, cinnamon, amber and others)
- vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, E)
- amino acids (including glycine, glutamic and aspartic acids, essential amino acids)
- polysaccharides (glucomannans and acemannan)
- monosaccharides (glucose and fructose)
- microelements - selenium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, copper and others
- alkaloids, including aloins
Aloe vera has the following properties:
- is active against such bacteria as streptococcus, staphylococcus, diphtheria, and dysentery bacillus
- speeds up the regeneration process, copes with dead skin cells, and in combination with collagen prevents premature aging and the appearance of wrinkles
- acts as immunomodulatory, contributing to the overall improvement of the body
- strengthens the intestinal peristalsis
- in small doses improves digestion and increases bile secretion
- is a mild laxative
- enhances the metabolic process in the cells of tissues
- promotes tightening and healing of wounds
- removes symptoms of sunburns
- relieves headache with unclear etiology
- discharges toxins from the body
- restores intestinal microflora
- lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- accelerates hair growth and prevents its loss
- helps with allergic diseases
- relieves muscular, joint and dental pain
- is used in dentistry, gynecology and as a prophylactic for cancer
- enhances the adaptogenic function of the body
- stimulates blood circulation, significantly increasing the overall tone of the body
- effectively stimulates the production of collagen, the protein basis of connective tissue
INDICATIONS FOR USE
Aloe vera preparations are used in the following conditions:
Liver diseases: hepatitis
Pancreas diseases: diabetes, pancreatitis
Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: inflammation of the bowel, stomach ulcers, atonic and chronic constipation, colitis, hemorrhoids, gastritis, duodenal ulcer
Diseases of the muscles and joints: osteoarthritis, joint inflammation
Skin diseases: psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, boils, skin lesions with X-rays, itching, bleeding, acne, lichen planus, diaper rash, frostbite, bedsores, scabies, dandruff, burns, sunburns, dry skin, fresh wounds, non-healing purulent wounds, infectious pustular skin diseases, fissures
Diseases of the central nervous system: asthenic conditions, seizures, depression, neuroses, headache, sleep disorders, epilepsy
Diseases of the reproductive system: lack of a menstrual period, genital herpes, candidiasis, vaginosis, endometriosis, uterine fibroid
Diseases of circulatory system: anemia, heart attack, high cholesterol level, varicose veins
Diseases of the immune system: HIV/AIDS, asthma, allergy, multiple sclerosis, cancer
Diseases of the respiratory system: cold, tuberculosis, pneumonia
Eye diseases: glaucoma, vision problems, conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, opacity of the vitreous
Diseases of the mouth cavity: dental plaque, gum diseases, stomatitis, gingivitis
Internal intake of drugs from the plant is contraindicated when having:
- gastrointestinal disorders
- individual intolerance
- severe form of hypertension and severe cardiovascular pathologies
- bleeding - hemorrhoidal, uterine, menstruation
- hepatitis A
- age up to 3 years
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
When taking aloe vera juice internally, there may be abnormalities of the digestive tract - dyspepsia, heartburn, diarrhea, abdominal pain. Occasionally, there can appear blood in the urine, violations of the heart rhythm, and muscle weakness. It is not recommended to take aloe vera preparations just before bedtime, as this can cause insomnia.
Major Interaction with Digoxin (Lanoxin):
Aloe latex taken by mouth is called a stimulant laxative. It can lower the level of potassium in the organism. Poor potassium rates can intensify the chances of undesirable effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).
Moderate Interaction with Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs):
Aloe vera has an effect of reducing blood sugar level of the body as well as Antidiabetes drugs. Diabetes medications such as glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others, have decreasing blood sugar properties. Thereby contemporaneous using of aloe vera and listed medications can decrease your blood sugar to the life-threatening rate. Observe the level of blood sugar vigilantly. First, consult a doctor, perhaps the dosage of your diabetes medications need to be altered.
Moderate Interaction with Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs):
Aloe latex taken by mouth is a laxative. Laxatives can lessen the amount of the medication your body soaks. Simultaneous consumption of aloe latex and Oral drugs can lessen the efficacy of your medication.
Moderate Interaction with Sevoflurane (Ultane):
Aloe vera can lessen blood clotting as well as Sevoflurane. It is used as anesthesia during surgery. Taking aloe before surgery can cause excessive bleeding during the surgical operation. You should stop taking aloe inside two weeks before the forthcoming surgery.
Moderate Interaction with Stimulant laxatives:
Aloe latex taken by mouth is called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives accelerate the bowel system. Parallel taking aloe latex and such stimulant laxatives as bisacodyl (Correctol, Dulcolax), cascara, castor oil (Purge), senna (Senokot), and others can accelerate the bowel system greatly and cause dehydration and low amount of minerals in the organism.
Moderate Interaction with Warfarin (Coumadin):
Aloe latex taken by mouth is called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives accelerate the bowel system and can cause dyspepsia. Dyspepsia can intensify the power of warfarin and enlarge the chance of bleeding. Excessive doses of aloe latex are not recommended for usage during warfarin taking.
Moderate Interaction with Water pills (Diuretic drugs):
Aloe latex taken by mouth is called a laxative. Some laxatives can lessen the rate of the potassium in the organism as well as diuretic drugs. Contemporary taking of aloe latex and some "water pills" such as chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDIURIL, Microzide), and others can lessen potassium to the life-threating rate. One of the symptoms of low potassium rates includes heart rhythm problems.
ALOE VERA TINCTURE RECIPE
Take 100 gr of aloe vera leaves and put them in the fridge for fermentation for 10 days. After that grind the leaves in the blender, then mix the paste from aloe vera with 70% alcohol, infuse for 10 days in a cool place. Take 1 tablespoon in the morning on an empty stomach 30 minutes before meals for 30 days.
Aloe vera tincture is perfect for the treatment and prevention of many diseases of the respiratory system such as: laryngitis, bronchitis, inflammation of the maxillary sinuses; it is also possible to use in case of pneumonia. In addition this tincture is also taken with a permanent lowered immunity and a general chronic weakness.
“I believe the 21st Century will confirm aloe vera to be the GREATEST medicine mankind has ever known.”
Lee Ritter, N.D.
*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.