The many benefits of aloe vera

The use of aloe vera goes back 6,000 ago in Egypt

The many benefits of aloe vera
Aloe vera has been used in Mexico for centuries - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 19/08/2019 12:07 Mexico City Andy Cabrera Actualizada 12:28

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In recent years, scientists have been studying the therapeutic properties of aloe vera.

The use of aloe vera goes back 6,000 ago in Egypt, Greece, China, Japan, and Mexico.

According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, aloe vera has been used for a variety of purposes, including the treatment of wounds, hair loss, hemorrhoids, and as a laxative.

The agency explains that two substances from aloe vera, the clear gel, and the yellow latex, are used in health products today. Aloe gel is applied to the skin as a remedy for skin conditions such as burns, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores, but it may also be taken orally for conditions including osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, and fever. Aloe latex is taken orally, usually for constipation.

Aloe vera has become quite popular for its many benefits, including:

-Healthy teeth

A study published by General Dentistry explains that adding aloe vera to toothpaste is effective in the fight against cavities and beneficial for gums. The aloe gel is effective in the control of oral bacterias that cause cavities.

-Constipation

The German agency in charge of regulating herbs approved the use of aloe vera for the treatment of constipation.

-Healing

A study from India's Sinhgad College of Pharmacy and published by the International Wound Journal analyzed aloe's ability to treat ulcers and it was concluded that it encouraged wound healing.

-Perfect skin

Aloe has a great effect on the skin and keeps the skin moisturized. It also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

-Burn injuries

A team of surgeons told the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association that the wounds, caused by burns, that were treated using aloe vera cured quicker than the wounds treated with silver sulfadiazine (INN), a common treatment for second-degree burns.

-Irritable bowel syndrome

Hospital St. George's Medical School researched aloe and concluded that it is beneficial for patients suffering from diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.

-Depression

A study published by the Nutritional Neuroscience journal found that aloe vera reduces depression, improves learning, memory in mice. Scientists are carrying out more studies to confirm if aloe has the same benefits in humans.
 

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