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Aloe Vera - DOC

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									Title:
Aloe Vera

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Summary:
An article about Aloe Vera featuring information about the origin and
characteristics of Aloe Vera as well as information about how Aloe Vera
is best used in beauty and health products.


Keywords:
aloe vera, aloe vera juice, aloe vera benefits


Article Body:
The Aloe vera plant is an African succulent that is popular in folk
remedies. Today, you can find Aloe vera outside Africa since it is a
popular garden plant, especially in dry areas where gardens must be
created with the climate in mind. Aloe vera is also commercially
cultivated all over the world to be used in folk medicines. Outside
Africa, you will find the largest Aloe vera farms in the Mediterranean
region, the United States, the Caribbean and Japan. An Aloe vera plant
will also do well indoors, but keep in mind that it can grow very large
and need re-potting.

Just like all the other succulent plants, the Aloe vera can store large
amounts of water. This is an adaptation to a life in regions susceptible
to droughts. Wild Aloe vera is commonly found in regions that experience
large temperature differences between day and night. When the dew falls,
the Aloe vera can absorb the moist and use it to survive. The Aloe vera
will store water in its large fleshy leaves. Inside an Aloe vera leaf,
you will find a clear jellylike liquid. This liquid forms the base of the
Aloe vera juice that is so popular in folk medicine. If you grow your own
Aloe vera plant, you can use the gel directly instead of converting it
into Aloe vera juice. The gel is for instance used on minor injuries and
burns since many people find it soothing and pain relieving. It also has
antibacterial properties.

Aloe vera can also be used internally, but the scientific studies
regarding its affects on the human body is still limited and internal
Aloe vera treatments should therefore always be embarked on with caution.
Discussing the treatment with a licenses medical professional is
recommended. Internal Aloe vera treatment is popular among patients
suffering from heartburn, ulcers, diverticular disorders and other
digestive problems. It is suspected that the antibacterial property of
the Aloe vera is the cause of the relief reported by many patients.

In commercially available Aloe vera remedies, it is usually Aloe vera
juice that forms the active ingredient. If you by low-quality Aloe vera
remedies, they might not have been made from pure Aloe vera juice. If
other parts of the plant enter the remedy, the treatment can act as a
strong laxative. This effect is cause by the so called Aloe vera latex
that is located in special cells, the so called pericyclic tubules, which
are found along the inner skin of the Aloe vera leaf. Proper processing
methods are necessary to ensure that no latex enter the Aloe vera juice.
If you experience unwanted laxative effects or cramps when using
medications containing Aloe vera, you should refrain from using it and
try to find a better manufacturer that can provide you with high-quality
Aloe vera products.

Never use Aloe vera internally if you are currently using oral
corticosteroids, since Aloe vera will interact with this medication.
Beclomethasone, Prednisone and Methylprednisolone are three common
examples of oral corticosteroids. The combination can cause potassium
deficiency and poisoning.

Psyllium will also be affected by the active compounds in Aloe vera, and
combining the two remedies are therefore unadvisable. If you still choose
to do so, you should make sure that you never ingest them simultaneously.
Allow at least two hours to pass before you take the second drug.

								
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