succulents that grow throughout the world except in rain forest and arid
thin, clear material taken from aloe leaves.
bitter material, usually in dry form that is used as a potent laxative and
solid residue obtained by evaporating the latex beneath the skin.
Lichen planus (eruptions of the skin and mucous membranes)
blocker, antibacterial, antifungal, antiprostaglandin, emollient, inhibits the
synthesis of thromboxane, and inhibits bradykinins.
Latex: irritates gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa and
secretions and peristalsis.
Gel: apply liberally as needed 3-5 times per day
50-200mg capsules daily
Juice: up to maximum of 1 quart/day
Latex: no more than 1-2 tbsp/day
may cause dermatitis and delay wound healing. Internally: May cause GI symptoms,
diarrhea, cramping or fluid
and electrolyte imbalances, especially potassium loss.
Deep topical wounds. Internally: Do not use with
cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmics. Concomitant use of diuretics could cause
Also, intestinal obstruction, Crohn's disease ulcerative colitis, and
is safe for topical use and can be used by pregnant and
women and in children. Latex: is contraindicated in pregnant or
lactating women and in children. In pregnant women, it can cause
Latex should not be used for daily
long-term dosing due to
If patients are on cardiac glycosides
and antiarrhythmics, long term use of aloe latex may cause loss of potassium,
therefore increasing their effectiveness.
Warn patients that their urine may be
a yellowish-brown or a red color.
is much debate about the potency of aloe that is bought off the shelf. The
stability of active substances cannot be assured. If a patient uses aloe
gel for skin care, it is best to use a plant. They are very easy to