Aloe Vera is a plant, cactus-like in nature, that grows in hot, dry, and sometimes arid climates. Its use as a medicinal agent has a history that dates back 6,000 years to early Egyptian society. The plant produces two substances that are the root ingredients for products: gel and latex. There are a seemingly infinite number of medicinal uses for aloe gel and latex.
A partial list of uses is as follows:
Acemannan is a chemical that originates in aloe and it is taken by some patients who suffer from HIV/AIDS.
As there are a myriad of uses for aloe latex and gel in a vast amount of products, follow directions for the intended use of each specific product. Consult your physician or compounding pharmacist before taking aloe latex or gel.
When applied to the skin as a topical agent, medicine or cosmetic, most users have few side effects with aloe gel.
Aloe latex has been known to cause side effects such as cramps or stomach discomfort and pain. Long-term usage of large amounts of aloe latex could possibly cause kidney problems, diarrhea, low potassium, blood in the urine, weight loss, and disturbances with the heart.
As there are so many uses of aloe in many forms, it is recommended to consult with your physician or compounding pharmacist before taking or using aloe in any form for any medical issue.
Taking aloe latex 1 gram daily for several days can be fatal.
Do not take aloe orally if pregnant or breast feeding. Oral dosage of aloe (gel and latex) could increase risk for miscarriage and/or birth defects.
Do not take aloe if you have Chron's disease, obstruction, or ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, or kidney problems.
Aloe may lower blood sugar. Diabetics should consult with their doctor before beginning usage.
Anyone with liver problems or a history of liver issues should consult with their doctor before beginning usage.
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