I wanted to share with my fellow ATSers some wonderful facts about the healing and medicinal qualities that this common plant provides!
Aloe Vera has been found described in writings in many different cultures and as far back as the Greek, Egyptians, and Roman eras. References
have also been found in writings from the Indian and Chinese early cultures. Ancient records show that the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for
centuries, with its therapeutic advantages and healing properties surviving for over 4000 years. The earliest record of Aloe Vera is on a Sumerian
tablet dating from 2100 BC.
Most people know and use Aloe Vera
as a topical application gel to aid with sunburns and eczema . Though this is true, it can
be used externally
• Burns/radiation burns; reduces pain and speeds up the healing process
• Skin irritations; relieves rashes
• Psoriasis; reduces itching and pain
• Stimulate collagen as well as Elastin synthesis; effective in preventing early signs of aging
• Moisturizes skin; hydrates and softens
• Tendinitis/Arthritis; alleviates joint and muscle pain
• Boosts the oxygenation of your blood; reduces "Sludge Blood"
• Intestinal issues: gastrointestinal, ulcerous and intestinal-related problems such as diarrhea and constipation.
• Eliminates Fungus and Bacteria/candida (Yeast) within the body
• Inflammation & high fever (due to the salicylic acid in the plant)
• Alkalizes the body; helping to balance overly acidic dietary habit
• Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics
• Digestive tract irritations; colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers (due to the release of pepsin (a gastric juice enzyme necessary for
• Body cleanser; cleaning matter from the stomach, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder, and is considered one of the best known colon cleansers
• Lowers cholesterol
• Eases heartburn
Over 200 worldwide scientific research papers have been published on the effects. The three main categories of research include anti-inflammatory,
anti- bacterial, and anti-viral actions of the plant. The juice is said to soothe digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ulcers and irritable
bowel syndrome. It's ability to encourage the release of pepsin (a gastric juice enzyme necessary for digestion) when the stomach is full is a
possible reason for its ulcer-healing effects (Journal of the American Osteopathic Society, 1963, vol.62).
A two year trial is underway at the Neath, Morriston and Singleton hospitals in Swansea for use of Aloe Vera in treating Irritable Bowel
Syndrome (IBS). A clinical trial involving 44 patients suffering from Ulcerative Colitis has been completed at the Royal London Hospital and the John
Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The trial was completed in January 2004 and an improvement found in 38% of Patients given Aloe Vera gel as opposed to 8%
given a placebo.
What makes this plant so amazing you ask?
Although Aloe is about 99% water, the remaining 1% is extremely powerful and it is thought this is because the close to 100 ingredients work
extremely well together (synergistically). The ingredients in Aloe can be grouped into the following categories: Vitamins, Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes,
Lignins, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Fatty Acids, Salicylic Acid.
Aloe Vera contains proteins, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B12 and E, essential fatty acids and is naturally rich in:
Now despite my high opinion of natural medicines, this obviously in no way saying that this will in fact cure you and to drop what ever medication
you're currently prescribed too, but hey why not at least try it out and see what kind kind of benefits your body soaks up from this.