If aloe vera were a pharmaceutical it would be hailed as the next great wonder drug. This herb has long been used topically to treat burns, cuts, and other skin wounds. When applied to the skin, aloe vera begins to help injuries, heal faster as well as soothing pain and discomfort. These healing and soothing applications are well known. Beyond these common applications, there are many other benefits to aloe vera.
Aloe Vera as a skin treatment
Aloe Vera is most people’s first encounter with herbal medicine. Usually involves using an aloe lotion to soothe a burn. It is not surprising that aloe vera has other skin healing uses. Aloe creams and lotions help a variety of skin ailments such as razor burn, diaper rash, and even psoriasis and hives. Aloe Vera also works to improve general skin health and tone, tightening skin and keeping it moist and healthy. There are no known side effects of using aloe vera products on the skin.
Aloe Vera for internal pain and discomfort
Aloe Vera can also be taken orally. Studies have found aloe vera taken orally can reduce symptoms of diabetes, including lower blood sugar. This herb is also sometimes taken orally to ease a variety of stomach complaints such as heartburn and constipation. Aloe Vera is thought to have a purging effect when taken orally. Aloe Vera is thought to help sooth stomach ulcers and speed in their healing. A few recent experiments also indicate that aloe vera when paired with chemotherapy drugs made the chemotherapy drugs more effective and aided patients in better tolerating the medicine.
Risks of aloe vera
Like any herbal supplement, it is always advisable to consult with a medical professional. There are no known risks of topical aloe vera use. However, when taken orally, some people with certain conditions may experience side effects. Aloe Vera may also lower blood sugar too much when paired with other diabetes medications. People with colitis or Crohn’s should be especially cautions in taking products with the aloe latex in them. The latex from the plant may severely worsen their symptoms. Aloe without the latex does not seem to cause any problems in people suffering from these conditions.
However, there are no indications that aloe vera is toxic when taken internally. Aloe Vera herbal remedies have been around for millennia and their continued use and acceptance is evidence of their medicinal properties.
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