What is it Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a plant that produce latex and gel which is used in medicines. The latex is extracted from cells underneath the leaf skin and is yellow in color. The gel is extracted from the cells in the center of the leaf and is clear jelly like. It can be used as a topical gel or it is make into medicine pills.
Previously it was used as laxatives however was stopped when FDA found that increasing doses is required to maintain its laxative effect i.e. tolerance.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
It is found to be effective when used as a gel for skin conditions like cold sores, certain rash and also to soothe rash in psoriasis patients. Some research finds that oral aloe vera may help patients with diabetes.
Insufficient evidence is present to prove if aloe Vera when taken orally can help with digestive diseases, stomach ulcers, diabetes, osteoarthritis or asthma. There is also inconclusive evidence that aloe vera helps wound healing for frostbites, wounds and sunburns.
Possible side effects of Aloe Vera
Topical usage of aloe vera is very safe as it is only applied onto the skin although some people may report skin irritation. Taking oral aloe vera gel is somewhat safe.
However taking oral aloe vera latex is not recommended as high doses of latex is harmful. It may cause abdomen pain and cramps. Long term consumption of latex may cause kidney failure, heart issues, diarrhea, and weight loss and muscle weakness. Any latex of more than 1 gram a day is fatal.
Pregnant or lactating women as well as children should not take aloe vera orally as there is no sufficient of its safety in these groups of people. Patients with digestive diseases like hemorrhoids, crohn’s disease and ulcerative diseases should avoid taking aloe vera latex as it may cause abdomen cramps and worsen symptoms. As aloe vera latex may cause kidney failure, patients with kidney diseases should not take it.