From the Arabic “alloeh” meaning bitter and shiny. It is a member of the lily family. It is a good treatment for burns and wounds, just apply the juice of the plant directly to the lesion. Many people have aloe plants in their home and just break a leaf and apply the juice from the plant directly. Effective poultices are made using aloe juice mixed with comfrey powder and adding a little golden seal root as an infection fighter. For topical application to skin ulcers, burns irritations and bites, no combination of herbs is as effective as aloe alone.

There is some research to support the value of aloe as an anti-inflammatory agent. Research appearing in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2004 (19(7):739-47) showed aloe vera to have some value in treating moderately active ulcerative colitis. Clinical remission occurred in 30 % and improvement occurred in 37% and  some favorable response in 47% of the subjects, compared to 7% having a favorable response to placebo. Other research appearing in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2004; 19(5):521-7) showed aloe vera to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the intestinal cells themselves.

Animal studies shows that it might have some value in treating ulcers, according to research appearing in World Journal of Gastroenterology (2006; 12(13):2034-9), and in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology  (2004; 93(1):33-7). Another animal study appearing in Burns (2003; 29(8):834-6) showed it to be of use in treating burns.

ACTIONS: Cathartic, lowers bowel transit time, absorbs toxins in the bowel, cell proliferant (treat leaky gut).

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