Inner leaves contain anthraquinones and have stimulating laxative effects, whereas the gel is high in mucilage. See 'Senna' for discussion about stimulating laxatives. Gel uses are discussed below:
Gastrointestinal (gel, internal use)
• dysfunctional bowels
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• general inflammation
- peptic ulcer
Dermatologic (gel, topical use)
- leg ulcers
- pressure ulcers
• varicose veins
• anal fisures
• seborrhoeic dermatitis
• viral infections
• Carbohydrates (e.g. acemannan)
• Topical (gel): apply the gel liberally to wounds
• Oral (gel): 25 ml of aloe juice qd-qid
Gel: Generally considered safe when used as indicated.
Resin: See senna for safety concerns regarding anthraquinones.
• Hypoglycemics - the gel may potentiate their action. Monitor patients blood glucose.
• Hydrocortisone - increased antiinflammatory effects when combined with gel.
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