Aloe gel is believed to contain substances capable of accelerating wound healing, improving blood circulation and preventing cell death; it would also promote epidermal changes, useful in the case of diseases such as psoriasis.
The aloe gel would seem, also, to own property antibacterial and antifungal. Aloe latex also has laxative properties.
What is aloe used for?
Latex seems to show its usefulness in case of constipation, Lichen planus, psoriasis and cold sores. Scientific evidence would seem to indicate, however, an ineffectiveness of treatments against HIV infection, the damage caused to the skin by radiation therapy and burns .
There are currently no studies and / or scientific evidence that certify the effectiveness in the treatment of burns, dry alveolitis, stomatitis, ulcerative colitis of wounds and in the use as insect repellent or as an adjuvant in chemotherapy against lung cancer, dental plaque, diabetes, diaper rash, dry skin, frostbite, gingivitis,hepatitis, hyperlipidaemias, oral mucositis, bedsores, seborrheic dermatitis.
How do you take aloe?
It is administered orally or applied to the skin.
Aloe side effects
Latex can have laxative effects as well as trigger abdominal pain and cramps. Its intake, regardless of dosage, is considered potentially dangerous; long-term use can result in:
- blood in the urine
- potassium deficiency
- muscle weakness
- body weight loss
- kidney problems
- heart ailments
A dose of 1 gram per day taken over several days can be fatal. Instead, applying the gel to the skin is considered safe although it can cause burning and itching . His oral intake is also, in all likelihood, risk-free. However, it could be dangerous during pregnancy, breastfeeding and childhood. In children under 12 it can cause:
- abdominal pain or cramps
- discharge of diarrhea
Warnings on aloe
Before taking aloe, the doctor should be informed:
- any allergies you suffer from;
- other phytotherapy products, medicines and supplements that are being taken, in particular digoxin, antidiabetic agents, diuretics, horsetail, sevoflurane, stimulant laxatives, warfarin and licorice;
- in case you suffer (or have suffered) from diabetes, intestinal problems, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, kidney diseases;
- in the case of pregnant women or breastfeeding women.
In the event of surgery, aloe intake should be stopped at least 2 weeks before.