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Aloe Vera Explained 


Aloe Vera

What it does, how to use it 

Aloe vera is a herbal remedy used for a variety of purposes. It comes from a plant, originally from Africa, and the therapeutic properties are extracted from the fresh leaf gel and latex, the sticky residue from cut aloe leaves. 


What aloe can do

        It acts as a laxative - more powerful than senna or cascara, can be used as an alternative

        It has wound-healing properties. May be used on the skin for minor burns

        Two small trials have shown that aloe, alone or in combination with conventional medicine, can help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 (non insulin dependent) diabetes


How is it taken?

        For constipation, a single 50-200 mg capsule of aloe latex can be taken daily for a maximum of 10 days

        For minor burns, the stabilised aloe gel is best, applied to the affected skin 2 - 5 times a day. Always get medical help for more serious burns

        Two tablespoons of aloe in the form of gel only (30 ml) swallowed 3 times a day may help ease inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease

        For type 2 diabetes, clinical trials suggest 1 tablespoon (15ml) of aloe juice, twice daily. Consult your GP first


Are there side effects?

        Aloe is safe for most people, though a rare allergy reaction is known

        Remember, use only for mild burns, not for blisters or severe wounds as the herb could actually impede the healing process

        Do not use the latex form of aloe for any inflammatory bowel disease

        Not suitable for children, pregnancy or breast feeding

        Do not use aloe latex more than 10 consecutive days to treat constipation, as over use could lead to dependency and fluid loss 


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