ALOE VERA

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Aloe vera is a cactus-like succulent plant with a clear healing gel in the leaves.

There are many species of Aloe vera but the most commonly used is Aloe barbadensis.
One of the most effective uses of Aloe vera gel is to manage various skin problems like acne and blemishes.

Aloe vera is also good for controlling dandruff and hair loss.
Internally, Aloe vera juice is used to reduce constipation due to its laxative property.

Aloe vera juice is also used to lose weight and to manage diabetes.
It is advisable to avoid Aloe vera during pregnancy as it may cause a miscarriage by increasing uterine contractions.
In some cases, Aloe vera might cause stomach pain, diarrhea and skin irritations

What are the synonyms of Aloe vera?

Aloe barbadensis Mill., Ghritkumari, Gheekumari, Khorpad, Gheekwar, Musabhar, Machambar, Ghritakalmi, Indian Aloe, Eliyo, Eariyo, Musabhar, Elva, Karibola, Lolesara satva, Lovalsara, Lolesara, Musabbar, Siber, Chenninayakam, Korphad, Musabara, Kalasohaga, Mussabar, Alua, Kattazhi, Satthukkathazhai, Musambaram, Musabbar, Ailiva, Siber[14][15].

What is the source of Aloe vera?

Plant Based

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for Constipation?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Aloe vera can control constipation because of its laxative property.
Aloe vera acts as a natural laxative because of the presence of anthraquinones. Anthraquinones speed up the bowel movement and help in the easy excretion of stool[1][2].
Tips:
1. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Aloe vera juice.
2. Add the same quantity of water to it.
3. Drink it in on an empty stomach in the morning once a day.
4. You can also take 1 Aloe vera capsule two hours after taking food twice a day
5. Continue this for 2-3 months for better results[1][7].

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Constipation is caused due to an aggravated Vata Dosha. This can be due to the frequent consumption of junk food, excess intake of coffee or tea, sleeping late at night, high-stress level and depression. All these factors aggravate Vata in the large intestine and cause constipation. Aloe vera helps manage constipation due to its Vata balancing and Bhedana (elimination of feces by breaking hard stools) properties. It helps eliminate hard stools smoothly and manage constipation.
 

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for Obesity?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Aloe vera is good for weight loss by improving body metabolism. Although not enough studies are there, animal studies state that phytosterols present in Aloe vera reduce body weight


Tip:
1. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Aloe vera juice.
2. Add the same quantity of water to it.
3. Drink it in on an empty stomach in the morning once a day.
4. Continue this for 2-3 months for better results.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

An excess Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the body causes an increase in weight. Aloe vera can help manage weight by reducing Ama due to its property of Deepan (increase in the digestive fire).

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 & Type 2)?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Aloe vera might help manage diabetes by improving blood glucose as well as insulin levels. This is due to the presence of phytochemicals such as lectins, mannans in Aloe vera. Some studies also suggest that Aloe vera might prevent cell damage such as ulcers, wounds, kidney damage associated with diabetes due to its antioxidant property[

 

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Diabetes, also known as Madhumeha is due to an aggravation of Vata and impaired digestion. Impaired digestion leads to an accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the pancreatic cells and impairs the function of insulin. Aloe vera helps remove Ama and controls aggravated Vata due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. This thus helps control high blood sugar level.
Tip:
1. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Aloe vera juice.
2. Add the same quantity of water to it.
3. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.
4. Continue this for 2-3 months for better results.
5. Consult the doctor if you are on anti-diabetes drugs.

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for High cholesterol?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Aloe vera might lower the level of bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and prevent artery blockage.
This is due to the presence of phytosterols, glucomannan, fructose and glucose that helps in maintaining cholesterol levels[10][11]. Aloe vera gel may help in lowering serum cholesterol, serum triglycerides, and serum phospholipids. It also prevents blockage in the arteries[20].

 

AYURVEDIC VIEW

High cholesterol is due to an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Impaired digestion at the tissue level produces excess waste products or Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This causes an accumulation of bad cholesterol and blockage in the blood vessels. Aloe vera helps in controlling high cholesterol because of its Ama reducing property. It also helps to remove blockage from the blood vessels by eliminating toxins.
Tip:
1. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Aloe vera juice.
2. Add the same quantity of water to it.
3. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.
4. Continue this for 2-3 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for HIV infection?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Aloe vera might help people with HIV by improving their immunity. Although there are no studies on human, animal studies suggest that Aloe vera might improve the immune system in HIV infected individuals by increasing the number of white blood cells[6].

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for Cancer?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Aloe vera might be used as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment. Some studies suggest that Aloe vera gel might improve the immunity of cancer patients by increasing the number of white blood cells. It can also help minimize the side effects of chemotherapy[1].

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for Depression?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Aloe vera might help in alleviating depression. This is due to the presence of certain biochemical compounds such as flavonoids and amino acids[23].

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings, and sense of well-being. In Ayurveda, Vata is responsible for the proper functioning of the nervous system and an aggravated Vata can be one of the causes of depression. Aloe vera has Vata balancing property and helps to control depression.

What are the benefits of Aloe vera for Inflammatory bowel disease?

MODERN SCIENCE VIEW

Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Aloe vera in case of inflammatory bowel disease.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Ama is one of the causes for inflammatory bowel disease and Aloe vera might be good for IBD as it helps reduce Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. But it is advisable to use Aloe vera with caution because of its Rechana (laxative) effect.