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Essential of aloe Vera

Essential of aloe Vera

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Published by Dr Leow
Aloe vera has a fantastic effect. What is the effect? Learn more....
For more information, please login www.yaleconsultant.com or write to me at drleow@yaleconsultant..
Aloe vera has a fantastic effect. What is the effect? Learn more....
For more information, please login www.yaleconsultant.com or write to me at drleow@yaleconsultant..

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he very irst record o the aloe vera plant inhistory was written by Dioscorides, a amousGreek physician rom the frst century AD. He wrotethat aloe vera had the power o “inducing sleep ando thickening the body…it helps loosen the bellyand cleanses the stomach when drunk with warmmilk or cold water”.By the 2nd century AD, aloe vera had becomeindispensable to Roman physicians – the mostnotable o which was Galen, the personal physiciano the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Galenwas said to have drawn his knowledge rom thewritings o Aristotle and Hippocrates, who got theirknowledge o aloe vera rom Indian and Egyptian“medical writers”.
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By Dr Leow Chee Seng, Fellow of British Institute of HomeopathyRecognised for its medicinal values for centuries, aloe vera is still inspiring newdiscoveries into its curative effects.
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Most botanists agree – and historical evidencesuggests – that the aloe vera plant originated inthe warm, dry climates o Arica. But, in the East,Chinese physicians were already writing about howaloe vera helps treat sinusitis, skin disorders andinternal problems such as convulsions in childrenand worm ever.In a Smith and Stenhaus (1851) review, it was said thataloin or anthraquinone glycosides was the principalingredient responsible or aloe’s laxative eects andan ever-increasing number o biologically activecompounds have been identifed. To date, research has proven that aloe vera containsa unique spectrum o micronutrients and thenatural chemical constituents o aloe vera can becategorised in the ollowing main areas:Amino acids;
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Anthraquinones;
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Enzymes;
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Lignin;
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Mono and polysaccharides;
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Salicylic acids;
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Saponins;
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Sterols; and
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Vitamins.
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Multiple applications
 The aloe vera plant is characterised by long, hard,sword-shaped, eshy, green leaves with sharppoints and an array o barbed spikes on each lea edge. Each plant can have between 20 and 30leaves and these leaves grow in a rosette patternstraight out the ground.
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When the plant blooms, its bright owers appear ona central leaess stem high above the gel-bearingparts. In act, the resh lea gel and latex are usedor many purposes. Aloe latex is the sticky residuelet over ater the liquid rom cut aloe leaves hasevaporated.Modern research has proven aloe vera to bebenefcial or many conditions. It has been usedeectively or treating radiation burns, skindisorders, wounds, sunburn and dermatitis.Clinical trials have proven aloe vera also helpswith inammation and ulcers. Test tube studiessuggested polysaccharides such as acemannon,help promote skin healing by anti-inammatory,antimicrobial, and immune-stimulating actions.Aloe’s eects on the skin may also be enhancedby its high concentration o amino acids, as wellas vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc and essential attyacids. Modern research ound that, when appliedexternally, aloe vera helps speed up healing in thecase o wounds, rostbite and burns; and restoreskin tissue. The healing o burns may be due to the moisturisingeect o aloe. It is easily absorbed into the skin,preventing the air rom drying the damaged skin.Older case studies report that aloe gel appliedtopically can help heal radiation burns; and a smallclinical trial ound it more eective than a topicalpetroleum jelly in treating burns.However, a large, modern, placebo-controlled trialdid not fnd aloe eective or treating minor burnswhen stabilised aloe gel was applied thinly to theaected area o skin three to fve times per day.Hence, treatment o more serious burns shouldonly be done under the supervision o a healthcareproessional.For intestinal use o aloe gel, two tablespoons(30ml) should be taken three times per day orpatients with inammatory bowel conditions suchas Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.But. it is very important to remember that the latexorm o aloe should not be used by anyone withinammatory intestinal disease – including Crohn’sdisease, ulcerative colitis or appendicitis.Aloe is known to help increase movement inthe intestines, relieve constipation, promotemenstruation and aid digestion. Anthraquinoneglycosides are split by the normal bacteria in thelarge intestines to orm other molecules (aglycones),which exert the laxative action.Since aloe is such a powerul laxative, otherplant laxatives such as senna or cascara are otenrecommended. For constipation, a single 50 – 200mg capsule o aloe latex can be taken each day or amaximum o 10 days.Beyond that, aloe latex intake may lead todependency and uid loss. Extensive uid loss maythen lead to depletion o important electrolytes inthe body such as potassium.
Preventive powers
Aloe vera has also been ound to help prevent theormation o kidney stones and to help reducethe size o the stones. It can help clean, sootheand relieve pain on contact. It rapidly penetratesthrough all three layers o the skin to promote
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