Over the last 20 years the aloe vera plant has been picking up speed in mainstream America as a plant of significant medicinal value. Numerous health and wellness benefits have been reported from both the scientific and antidotal forums. Science has proven the validity of many known benefits but there are numerous studies that are widening the benefits map, not to mention those not reported from various consumers of aloe vera products. Lastly, fighting acne is another common curse among many, especially those with poor diets. Not only can Aloe Vera be ingested for its tremendous vitamin and mineral benefits that bolster the immune system, it can be applied to the external areas of the body to reduce acne. The application over time can provide tremendous improvement on skin appearance. Aloe vera is known to aid in the digestion process as it reinvigorates the flora in the gastrointestinal tract, balances the pH of the stomach, and aids in the healing of digestive disorders such as acid reflux disease, Crohn's disease, and ulcers. Ancient records indicate that this sensational plant has been used as a medicinal aid all over the world for over 3500 years. The travesty is that as technology and civilization has advanced, we as a culture have forgotten many such properties of plants like aloe vera. A 42 day study conducted at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and published in the Journal of Phytomedicine in 1996 revealed that aloe vera may very well be an active resource in the treatment of diabetes. In the study the test subjects witnessed a 43% reduction in blood sugar and a 44% drop in blood triglycerides by ingesting 15ml of Aloe Vera two times per day. A similar study was even more effective with diabetes patients who weren't responding to a pharmaceutical anti-diabetic medication. This isn't to say one should start ingesting Aloe Vera every day but certainly from a reputable source of the product in a form designed for internal consumption. Externally it has been known to promote rapid healing of cuts and burns when applied directly to the skin. This may also help reduce the scarring of the skin from the healing process. Another way to apply it for anti bacterial purposes is to use Aloe Vera in conjunction with tooth paste. The mouth is known to be a source of much bacteria infestation that can lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis, stomatitis and peridonitis, not to mention the bad breath that accompanies such conditions. Dentists, even without being able to point to clinical studies, recommend brushing teeth with Aloe Vera to help fight tooth decay.