Aloe Vera - Your Miracle Doctor
Historical note Aloe vera has been used since ancient times as a medicinal plant. In fact, evidence of use has been found on a Mesopotamian clay tablet dating back to 21 00 bc (Atherton 1 998). It has been used as a topical treatment for wounds, burns and other skin conditions and internally as a general tonic, anti-inflammatory agent, carminative, laxative, aphrodisiac and anthelmintic by the ancient Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Indians and Spaniards. According to legend, Alexander the Great captured an island in the Indian Ocean in order to gain the Aloe vera for his wounded army. Today aloe is used to soothe skin complaints and heal burns, and is one of the most common ingredients in many cosmetic products.
Aloe latex or aloe juice is obtained from the yellow latex of pericyclic cells found beneath the epidermis in the leaves of Aloe vera and other Aloe species (5). It is dried to yield a solid material called ''aloe'' that contains anthraqui-nones including barbaloin, which is metabolized to the laxative aloe-emodin, iso-barbaloin, chrysophanic acid, and aloin (6,7). Because of its extremely bitter taste and its laxative effect, aloe latex or aloe juice cannot be used readily or safely in food products. The physiological effects of aloe latex and or aloin have been widely investigated. Some of the most recent works include studies on the effect of aloe-emodin on hepatic cells (8), the protective effect of aloe extract on hepatotoxicity (9), the gastroprotective properties of aloe extract (10), the bacterial conversion of barbaloin in vivo into aloe-emodin, a genuine purgative component (11), the absorption of radio-labeled aloe-emodin (12), and many others.
All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes This is the aloe of the Old Testament that of the New Testament is generally considered to be Aloe vera. The darker of several types of eaglewood, especially when partially diseased and decayed, is highly valued in perfumery, as incense, and for fumigation. The treasured unhealthy wood is so much more valuable than the healthy, that the healthy tree is too often destroyed in the quest for patches of unhealthy wood. Called agar, it is powdered and used as a flea and lice repellent. The soft and fragrant inner wood, itself worth its weight in gold, was molded and used as a setting for precious stones. Myth has it in the East that eaglewood is the only tree to have descended to Man from the Garden of Eden, all others having perished. Supposedly, Adam brought one of its shoots and transplanted it to the land where he settled, other eaglewoods having sprung from this shoot. That is why it is sometimes called Shoot of Paradise and Paradise Wood....
Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices. Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with all choicest fruits, henna with nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all chief spices. Your skin is a paradise of pomegranates, with the choicest fruits, henna plants along with spikenard plants spikenard and saffron, cane and cinnamon, along with all sorts of trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest perfumes.
Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with all choicest fruits, henna with nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all chief spices. Your skin is a paradise of pomegranates, with the choicest fruits, henna plants along with spikenard plants spikenard and saffron, cane and cinnamon, along with all sorts of trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest perfumes.
Tinospora crispa Imperata cylindrica Eurycoma longifolia Allamanda cathartica Aloe vera Bixa orellana Areca catechu Centella asiatica Euphorbia hirta Impatiens balsamina Jatropha curcas Tinospora crispa Crinum asiaticum Ipomoea pes-caprae Barringtonia asiatica Ipomoea pes-caprae Vitex rotundifolia Areca catechu Asplenium nidus Adiantum capillus-veneris Solanum nigrum Calophyllum inophyllum Swietenia macrophylla Mirabilis jalapa Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Lantana camara Bauhinia purpurea Phyllanthus amarus Manihot esculenta Ricinus communis Ricinus communis Sauropus androgynus Capsicum annuum Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Abrus precatorius Morinda citrifolia Centella asiatica Cerbera odollam Lonicera japonica Peltophorum pterocarpum Lonicera japonica Coix lacryma-jobi Piper sarmentosum Terminalia catappa Melaleuca cajuputi Cocos nucifera Cananga odorata Kaempferia galanga Dolichos lablab Piper nigrum Persicaria hydropiper Imperata cylindrica Cymbopogon citratus Aloe vera Hibiscus tiliaceus Bixa...
Particular attention has been given to the germanium content of Ganoderma spp. Germanium was fifth highest in terms of concentration (489 Ag g) among minerals detected in Ganoderma fruit bodies collected from nature (48). This mineral is also present in the order of parts per billion in many plant-based foods including ginseng, aloes, and garlic (100). Germanium is not an essential element but, at low doses, has been ascribed immuno-potentiating, antitumor, antioxidant, and antimutagenic activities (32,101103). However, although the germanium content of G. lucidum has often been used to promote G. lucidum-based products, there is no firm evidence linking this element with specific health benefits associated with the mushroom.
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh. aloes. and cinnamon. Come. let us take our fill of love until the morning let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home. he is gone a long journey. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh. aloes. and cinnamon. Come. let us take our fill of love till morning let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home he has gone on a long journey. I have besprinkled my bed with myrrh. aloes. and cinnamon. Do come. let us drink our fill of love until the morning do let us enjoy each other with love expressions. For my husband is not in his house he has gone traveling on a way of some distance. There is near unanimity in the version regarding the intended use of these aromatic spices. And they are consistent in translating them as myrrh, aloes (in this case Aquilaria), and cinnamon, the latter more appealing to my olfactories. Zohary confirms that the long-discussed identification of the biblical kinnamon as Cinnamomum has been...
Aloe gel is traditionally used for burns, wounds and inflammatory skin disorders. There is good scientific evidence that aloe may be of benefit in these conditions however, the chemical composition of Aloe vera products will vary depending on geographical and processing factors. Traditionally, aloe is also used internally for dyspepsia, gastrointestinal ulcers and IBS. 2007 Elsevier Australia Aloe has an Immediate effect on burns and inflammatory skin diseases. Improvement occurs within several weeks with the condition continuing to improve with use. Chronic conditions may require long-term use. Internal use of Aloe vera as a laxative can produce results within 12-24 hours. Are there any safety issues
Oral Aloe vera Is a popular treatment for a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. It has been shown to improve different parameters of gastrointestinal function in normal subjects, such as colonic bacterial activity, gastrointestinal pH, stool specific gravity and gastrointestinal motility (Bland 1986). Due to its anthraquinone content, it is used as a stimulant laxative.
A case study of depression of thyroid hormones in a woman taking Aloe vera juice has been reported (Pigatto & Guzzi 2005). The patient consumed 10 mL daily for 11 months and laboratory testing showed reduced levels of thyroxine and triiodothyonine. Levels returned to normal progressively after discontinuing the aloe juice and the patient achieved full clinical remission after 16 months. Reduced serum levels of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 have been reported for Aloe vera in vivo (Kar etal 2002).
Aloe vera extract, or diluted aloe gel, is made of mostly water (99 ) and mono- and polysaccharides, most important of which is the monosaccharide mannose-6-phosphate and the polysaccharide gluco-mannans, which are long-chain sugars containing glucose and mannose. Gluco-mannan has been named acemannan and is marketed as Carrisyn. A glycoprotein with anti-allergic properties has also been isolated, and has been named alprogen. Recently, C-glucosyl chromone, an antiinflammatory compound, has also been identified.
National Toxicology Program was established in 1978 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to coordinate toxicology research and testing activities within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NTP represents such agencies as the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NTP is currently conducting studies to identify and characterize possible adverse health effects that may be associated with prolonged use or higher doses of some of the most popular medicinal herbs, including Ginkgo biloba, Echinacea angustifolia, and Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng). The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) has also recommended that the program examine the safety of aloe vera, ginseng, kava, and milk thistle to determine whether these herbs contain carcinogenic compounds.
Although Aloe vera products are used for many indications, the chief use is treating skin conditions. SKIN CONDITIONS Most human studies have found that topical application of aloe vera gel increases wound healing rate and effectively reduces microbial counts however, there are some negative studies, most likely related to the fact that the composition of aloe vera gel varies, even within the same species. Chemical composition depends on source, climate, region, and the processing method used (Choi & Chung 2003). Dry-coated aloe vera gloves were tested by 30 women suffering from dry, cracked hands, with or without contact dermatitis due to occupational exposure, in an open contralateral comparison study (West & Zhu 2003). Women wore a glove on one hand for 8 hours daily for 30 days followed by a rest period for 30 days and then 10 more days of treatment. Results indicated that the aloe vera glove significantly Aloe vera 23 The effects of aloe gel applied to skin following dermabrasion...
The mammalian immune system consists of many cells and signal molecules which act in concert to protect the organism from that which is nonself . The chief cellular effectors are macrophages ( big eaters ) and white blood cells. Neutrophils and lymphocytes are the most important of the white blood cells. Some of the signal molecules are interleukin-1 (IL-1), tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a), and y-interferon (IF-y, also known as IL-6). Cells that come in contact with foreign organisms begin to secrete signal molecules to call other effector cells into the area and to activate them. The invaders are immobilized or killed by numerous strategies including phagocytosis, antibody production, and radical oxygen species production. There is increased blood flow and the area becomes swollen, red, warm, and painful. This next section will first examine two plants, Echinacea and Aloe vera that may act to boost the response of the immune system in fighting disease. Then we will discuss how plants...
Aloe Vera Gel Aloe vera can be used in gel toothpaste. It speeds the healing of damaged tissue and can be spread on the toothbrush to massage the gums. It has a slight numbing effect, so it can be soothing if your teeth are supersensitive. You can also massage your gums with the gel. The gum tissue needs to be nurtured and cleansed in a different way than the structure of teeth. The tooth structure is made of minerals, and the gum tissue is made up of cells, much like the skin on your face. Aloe vera gel is used primarily for the skin but can be used
Flushed off the skin surface with cool, running water for 20 minutes or more. if the burning chemical is a powderlike substance such as lime, it should be brushed off the skin before flushing. clothing or jewelry contaminated by the chemical should be removed. A lotion, such as one containing aloe vera, may be used to prevent drying and to make the skin feel more comfortable. The burned area should be wrapped with a dry, sterile dressing or a clean cloth. The burn should be rinsed again for several more minutes if the child complains of increased burning after the initial washing.
Three systemic reviews of herbal medicines for glycaemic control in diabetes found that Aloe vera can lower blood glucose levels in diabetic patients (Grover et al 2002, Vogler & Ernst 1999, Yeh et al 2003). In one trial aloe juice consisting of 80 gel or placebo was given in a trial of 40 patients who were recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the dose of 1 tablespoon twice daily. From day 14 the blood sugar levels in the aloe group began to fall significantly compared with the control group and Aloe vera 27
And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Nicode'mus also, who had at first come to him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds' weight. They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Nicode'mus also, the man that came to him in the night the first time, came bringing a roll of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds of it . So they took the body of Jesus, and bound it up with bandages with the spices, just the way the Jews have the custom of preparing for burial. Early authors, mostly American or English, on biblical botany, and even I, concluded that the biblical aloe of the New Testament was Aloe perryi or Aloe socotrina. Knowing how taxonomi-cally difficult...
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) is basically a weakened immune system causing chronic weakness. To remedy this, in addition to the above, also supplement vitamin C, starting at 1g per day and building up to 3 or more grams - you will get slight diarrhea at the point of maximum absorption, at which point reduce the dose slightly. (Note you need to maintain a mega-dose of vitamin C as abruptly reducing the dose can cause symptoms of C deficiency). Aloe Vera, Echinacea and garlic also help. If you still have problems, allergic reactions may be making the symptoms worse, in which case try cutting out wheat, then if that doesn't work after five days, try eliminating dairy produce. Also watch out for foods you have a craving for - the body has a strange way of desiring more of the foods to which it is intolerant (due to poor digestion or faulty absorption).
To heal wounds before infection sets in, the nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C (1 to 3 g), zinc (150 mg), vitamin E, vitamin B complex, and bromelain (from pineapple) are beneficial. Herbal antiinflammatories are calendula, St. John's wort, and chamomile. Apply topically comfrey, witch hazel, horsetail, or aloe vera.
Full thickness hot-plate burns (3 total surface area) to test animals healed more quickly with the application of aloe gel compared to silver sulfadiazine (SSD) or salicylic acid cream (aspirin) (Rodriguez-Bigas et al 1988). Guinea pigs treated with aloe recovered in 30 days as compared to 50 days for control animals (dressing only) and wound bacterial counts were effectively decreased. Aloe vera was also found to promote healing and decrease inflammation in second-degree burns in vivo (Somboonwong et al 2000). A significant reduction in vasodilation and post-capillary venular permeability was recorded on day 7 in the aloe group. At day 14 arteriolar diameter had returned to normal and the size of the wound was greatly reduced as compared to controls. Use with pharmaceutical agents Several topical pharmaceutical antimicrobial agents, such as SSD, inhibit wound contraction, thereby slowing the rate of wound healing. An experimental model was used to investigate whether...
Aloe vera leaf gel has been investigated as a possible hepatoprotective and kidney protective agent in diabetes type 2 using animal models. In one study, the leaf gel and glibenclamide both decreased degenerative kidney changes, serum urea levels and creatinine levels, but only aloe further reduced kidney lipid peroxidation (Bolkent et al 2004). Can et al (2004) tested aloe pulp, aloe gel extract and glibenclamide, finding that all treatments decreased liver tissue damage as compared to control animals. Aloe gel extract also increased glutathione levels and decreased non-enzymatic glycosylation, lipid peroxidation, serum alkaline phosphatase and alanine transaminase.
Aloe vera (L.) 4 oe barbadensls (Mill.) (family Aloeaceae) PLANT PARTS USED The leaf, from which several different products are made namely the exudate, gel, extract and juice. The exudate ('aloes' in older pharmacy texts) is a thick residue, yellow in colour and bitter in taste, that comes from the latex that oozes out when the leaf is cut. The 'gel' refers to the clear gel or mucilage produced by the inner parenchymal cells in the central part of the leaf. Diluted aloe gel is commonly known as'aloe vera extract' or'aloe juice'.
In vitro studies suggest that Aloe vera has antiviral activity due to its interference with DNA synthesis (Saoo et al 1996). The polysaccharide fractions of aloe gel inhibit the binding of benzopyrene to primary rat hepatocytes and thus prevent the formation of potentially cancer-initiating benzopyrene-DNA adducts in vitro. This was later confirmed by in vivo studies (Kim & Lee 1997). Moreover, in vitro experiments have shown the anthraquinones in aloe to be virucidal against HSV 1 and 2, vaccinia virus, parainfluenza virus and vesicular stomatitis virus (Anderson 2003).
On implanted sarcoma cells, leading to necrosis and regression of cancer cells (Peng et al 1991). A later trial investigated the effects of acemannan on mouse macrophages (Zhang & Tizard 1996). Acemannan stimulated macrophage cytokine production (IL-6 and TNF-alpha), NO release, surface molecule expression, and cellular morphologic changes. Similarly, a polysaccharide fraction isolated from Aloe vera promoted human keratinocytes to secreteTGF-alpha, TGF-beta-1, IL-1 -beta, IL-6, IL-8 and TNF, and inhibited the release of NO as compared to control (Chen et al 2005). The immune enhancing effects of acemannan may be due in part to the compound's ability to promote differentiation of immature dendritic cells (Lee et al 2001). These cells are crucial for the initiation of primary immune responses.
Aloe and Your Health
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