Throughout the ages, aloe vera has been known as the 'medicine plant', 'burn plant', 'first-aid plant' or 'miracle plant'. Even today, it is one of the most effective plants for treating burns, healing wounds and relieving aches and pains. It is recommended for psoriasis, where, when used regularly, it reduces scaling and itching and greatly improves appearance.
Aloe vera became very popular for its use in combating the severe burning effects caused by x-rays and nuclear disasters. Radiation burns cause skin ulcerations that had been nearly incurable until physicians began trying the old folk remedy of the aloe leaf.
Today, this plant has gained such great popularity that it is being used in many cosmetics and health products. Aloe vera juice that is taken internally has been found to be effective in almost every illness, including cancer, heart disease and AIDS. In fact, there is hardly any disease or health problem for which this miracle plant has not been proven successful. It is helpful for all kinds of allergies, skin diseases, blood disorders, arthritis, infections, yeast overgrowth, cysts, diabetes, eye problems, digestive disorders, ulcers, liver diseases, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, kidney stones and stroke, to name a few.
Its use is most beneficial if treatments are applied both internally and externally. It contains over 200 nutrients, including the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, Folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, barium, sulphate, 18 amino acids, important enzymes, glycosides, polysaccharides, etc.
There are an estimated 500 published independent research studies conducted by doctors and scientists on the healing agent found in the aloe vera plant and its non-toxic benefits. That is many more studies than one would find on any other natural substance, and hundreds of times the confirmation of safety and effectiveness of any drug available.
A word of caution: watch out for the frauds:
Since the consumer market has created a great demand for aloe vera juice, production is increasing rapidly. Unfortunately, many brands contain inadequate amounts of the plant juice to be effective. According to the law, if you take a 10,000-gallon vat and put 9,999 gallons of water in it and then add one gallon of aloe vera juice, you are allowed to advertise that it contains '100 percent pure stabilized aloe vera'. You are not required to mention how much extra water has been added to the 100 percent aloe vera juice. Hence many people are disappointed because they do not receive the acclaimed benefits. Before using any brand it is good to check out the exact table of contents as mentioned in a company's brochure or better ask the company to give you the exact figures of contents.
Also, don't be tempted to buy the cheapest aloe juice for it is expensive. If you are not getting any benefits from it, you may have chosen the wrong product. Try other brands until you are satisfied. Tests have shown that less than one percent of readily available brands contain acceptable levels of aloe vera to be of any medicinal value. From the over 1,000 brands of aloe vera available on the market today, some hardly have a trace of the plant extract in them. Their labels contain such phrases 'it tastes like mineral water' and 'no additives or preservatives'. Chemical analysis reveals that these 'products' contain almost nothing but plain mineral water.
The good news is that more and more people have begun to see through the fraud business; hence, many other companies are now also introducing the real thing.
There is an excellent new aloe vera product in powdered form, which dissolves in water; it is thus more convenient than having to buy the bottled juice. It is completely free of additives.
Please Note: With regular drinking of aloe vera, diabetics may improve the ability of the pancreas to produce more of its own insulin. Since too much insulin is dangerous, diabetics should consult their physician to monitor their need for extra insulin. Many diabetics report a reduction in the amount of insulin required. Also if you experience diarrhea or intestinal cramping for more than two to three days, discontinue. This is due to irritants the plant contains. Instead, you may choose a product that has all irritants removed.