herbals aloe-gel

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Aloe gel

Scientific:Aloe vera
Other:Aloe gel
Synonym:Aloe barbadensis

Indications

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
- diarrhea
- constipation
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• general inflammation
- gastritis
- peptic ulcer

Dermatologic (gel, topical use)
• wounds
- ulcers
- burns
- leg ulcers
- pressure ulcers
varicose veins
psoriasis
eczema
• anal fisures
• seborrhoeic dermatitis

Immune
• viral infections
HIV

Actions

Succus (Gel):
vulnerary
antiinflammatory
bulk laxative
• emolient
immunostimulant
antiviral

Constituents

Gel:
• Carbohydrates (e.g. acemannan)

Posology

Succus (gel)
• Topical (gel): apply the gel liberally to wounds
• Oral (gel): 25 ml of aloe juice qd-qid

Safety

Gel: Generally considered safe when used as indicated.
Resin: See senna for safety concerns regarding anthraquinones.

Interactions

• Hypoglycemics - the gel may potentiate their action. Monitor patients blood glucose.
• Hydrocortisone - increased antiinflammatory effects when combined with gel.

References

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