Aloe Vera's Uses, Dosages, and Possible Side Effects...

Aloe Vera today is widely used in cosmetics, and also as an alternative medicine for some aliments instead of prescription medicine. There's about 120 different types of aloe, but the most common one used and grown is the aloe-vera.

The healing powers of this herb are found in the sticky leaves which contain a sticky gel and latex. The gel contains polysaccharides that makes it highly effective for external use. Aloe treats burns, cuts, and other skin irritations. If it's taken internally it works for digestive problems. That's where the latex goes to work.

Uses of Aloe Vera when taken internally.

This herb is used for constipation. We all know what this is and suffer with it at one time or another.  Aloe-Vera is a potent stimulant laxative that helps form soft stools and promotes healing. It helps heal and cleanse the digestive track, while helping with the formation of soft stools.

Dosage is 50 Mg to 200 Mg latex tablet or soft-gel once a day up to ten days. Or drink a half cup of Aloe in the morning and the same in the evening. Other helpful vitamins, herbs, and mineral for constipation are:  

  • Psyllium, a herb that's sometimes referred to as mother natures laxative. 
  • Also, a folic acid deficiency may be present in people that have chronic constipation, and often resolves when supplements are taken.
  • Magnesium is frequently taken as a laxative. 

Aloe Vera is used to treat diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is a disease of the colon and can be quite painful. This is where grape size sacs develop in the walls of the intestine and extend out into the surrounding body cavities. If food becomes lodged in the sacs they become inflamed.

Aloe-Vera helps to gently clean the intestinal track, and prevents constipation. Take a teaspoon of gel after meals. Don't use to much because it also acts as a laxative. Other helpful supplements are:

  • Acidophilus, which is a type of good bacteria found in the colon. It helps destroy bad bacteria and promotes good bacteria, improves digestion and boosts the immune system. Take one teaspoon three times a day.
  •  Psyllium supplies fiber which softens the stool. 
  • Garlic promotes healing. Take two capsules with meals. 
  • Take vitamin B complex, 100 Mg, three times a day to promote healing.

Aloe-Vera is used in the treatment of ulcers.

Anyone that's ever had an ulcer can relate to the pain and discomfort from them. If left untreated they can lead to inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity. I was in the hospital for a week one time because I didn't seek treatment, and didn't know how to treat it myself. There just wasn't much info (before the internet) to find on treating them.

If you suspect you have an ulcer, there are supplements to start with even if you go to a doctor. These are, you guessed it, Aloe Vera. This herb relieves pain and promotes healing. Drink 30 milliliters aloe gel or juice three times a day or 50 to 200 Mg of powder or capsules a day. More help are:

  • Vitamin C (500 Mg 3 times a day) and Vitamin E (100 EU 3 times a day)  rebuilds antioxidant levels. 
  • It was found in a 3 month study that Licorice or DGL, an extract of the licorice herb, healed ulcers faster than over the counter Tagamet. 
  • Once again, Psyllium provides supplement fiber. 
  • Twenty to thirty Mg of Zinc promotes healing of the digestive track also.

Possible side effects of Aloe Vera.

This herb does come with possible side effects to watch for. These are:

  • Intestinal cramps are possible 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Rash 

If this happens, reduce or stop taking this supplement. If you have a gastrointestinal condition, DO NOT take unless you talk to a physician. Pregnant or breast feeding women can use Aloe externally but should avoid taking it internally. Don't exceed the recommended dosage. If you combine Aloe with other herbs you may need to reduce the dose.

Aloe-Vera comes in bottled gel, (juice) latex tablets, fluid extract, and lotion.  You can also buy it in powered form, powered capsules, and softgels.  If using internally it should be done with a physicians knowledge.

Thanks for visiting. We hope this explained what this herb is used for.

Our last page was about the benefits of taking Hawthorn for cardiovascular improvements. Next page is about the herb Licorice, and its many uses. Home page from Aloe Vera.

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