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« Aloe (Aloe vera) juice [or sap]. Main activities: bitter tonic, eupeptic, cholagogue and finally, laxative; immunomodulating.
As a bitter stomachic, it can be used to make elixirs, composed tinctures and liqueurs (as an ingredient of Fernet branded liqueurs). …
Aloe juice (dehydrated) is particularly indicated in chronic constipation and when a discharge with soft stool … is needed. The appropriate individual dose will be the minimum required to get loose stools. It will also be helpful to complement carminative plants to avoid intestinal spasms….
Studies carried out in vitro or on laboratory animals, have shown the presence of substances in the phytocomplex (especially Acemannan and Aloctin A), which may exert antineoplastic and immunostimulant effects …» [1].

«… It should not be administered to patients with haemorrhoids or irritable bowel syndrome. It is a strong laxative and should be dosed carefully. The plant also has anticancer properties, currently under investigation.
For external use against burns, scalds, sunburn, wounds, eczema [and "blisters" due to contact with fresh plants] and to prevent nail gnawing » [2].  

«Aloe-emodin exercises, even in small doses [not laxative], inhibition of Helicobacter pylori and has shown potent antibacterial activity against Staphylococus aureus and is directly viricide for: Herpes simplex, type 1 and 2 viruses, Varicella-Zoster virus, Pseudorabies virus and Influenza virus. Emodin also appears to have antineoplastic effects.
The drug is used for relief discharges in the presence of anal fissures and after recto-anal operations …» [3].  

« Aloe is part of laxative, anthraquinone parts together with Sacred bark, Buckthorn, Rhubarb and Senna. … Side effects are represented by coloured urine, haemorrhoidal congestion, passage into breast milk [with laxative effect, but this applies to all laxatives], reversible colon pseudomelanosis [temporary staining of the intestinal walls], which does not damage or alter mucous membranes or cells »[4]


[1] Enrica Campanini, Dizionario di fitoterapia e piante medicinali, IIIª Edizione, Tecniche Nuove.
[2] Deni Bown, Il libro completo delle erbe, De Agostini.
[3] Physicans’ Desk Reference, PDR for Herbal Medicines, fourth edition. Eq. Thomson [4] Enrica Campanini, op. cit.
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