MEDICINAL USES OF ALOE VERA

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The ancient medicinal uses of Aloe Vera was first discovered in 1862 from an Egyptian tablet dating 1550 BC. Today, many researches are being conducted to find cure for cancer, AIDS and other diseases using Aloe Vera…

Aloe Vera, the native of African continent belongs to the species Aloe. An Aloe Vera is short stem-less and succulent plant. The leaves of this plant are thick and fleshy. Though it resembles a cactus, in reality it belongs to the lily family. An Aloe Vera plant grows well in warm and dry climates.

Aloe Vera is one of the popular medicinal plants that is grown at home. Since it is used as a home remedy for certain ailments, it is known as “natural healer”. There are approximately 400 species of Aloe Vera, but the one that is grown at home is Aloe Barbadensis Miller. Aloe Barbadensis Miller is otherwise known as “true Aloe” and has many medical properties.

Aloe Vera has been in use for almost 4000 years and the earliest record of the medicinal uses of Aloe Vera was found in a Sumerian tablet dating 2100 BC. Aloe Vera has been widely used by the ancient Indians, Chinese, Greeks, Romans and the Egyptian. The benefits of Aloe Vera have been found in many ancient records. Here are a few medicinal uses of Aloe Vera.

One of medicinal uses of Aloe Vera is laxative. It has been scientifically found that the inner lining of its leaves have aloin, which is one of the ingredients used in the laxatives. It is available in capsule form.

The juice of Aloe Vera helps in nourishing the skin and in diminishing the wrinkles. Cleopatra, the queen of Ancient Egypt, used the juice of Aloe Vera as a part of her beauty regimen.

Aloe Vera could be used to reduce the burning sensation of burns and blisters. Applying the pure gel of Aloe Vera would quell the sting of herpes.

Juice or gel of Aloe Vera is used to reduce warts, psoriasis and eczema. Today, skin doctors prescribe skin gels and creams made from Aloe era.

The fresh juice of Aloe Vera is used to cure and heal rashes, vaginal infections, foot sores and fungus attack of various types. It is one of the home remedies for these problems.

Aloe Vera is used in hair loss treatment. The enzyme content of Aloe Vera prevents hair loss by protecting the scalp against any diseases. Aloe Vera also helps in the reduction of dandruff. You can mix the juice of Aloe Vera with coconut milk and wheat germ oil and massage your scalp before shampooing your hair. If used continuously it helps in hair re-growth.

There are on-going researches in the medical use of Aloe Vera in the treatment and cure of AIDS and cancer. In the cure of cancer, there are many signs that medicines with Aloe Vera content help in the activation of WBCs and in promoting the growth of non-cancerous cells.

If people with HIV positive take regular doses of Aloe Vera, it helps in increasing the immunity of the body.

The juice of Aloe Vera mixed with milk is consumed for kidney infections. In Japan, Aloe Vera is a main ingredient in the yogurt. In India, Aloe Vera is used to make certain food dishes.

Aloe Vera was used as medicine by the people of the ancient world. The Greeks believe Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra, an island in Indian Ocean, because this island had ample growth of Aloe Vera plants.