The beauty of Aloe Vera can be matched with the beauty of its health benefits. Aloe Vera benefits promotes prebiotics, is good for skin and also for intestines.
Botanical Name- Aloe Vera Chinensis, Aloe barbadensis Mill., Aloe indica, Aloe chinensis
Family Name- LILIACEAE
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Aloe Vera for hemorrhoids
Because of its mild laxative action and wound healing properties, a regular intake of mild doses of aloe vera in the form of capsule or juice, is very beneficial in hemorrhoids treatment.
Aloe Vera for heart
Aloe has blood thinning action. It is very useful against cholesterol. So, it is very useful in treating atherosclerosis (blood vessels clogged with clot and fat deposition).
Aloe Vera for women
Aloe Vera improves ovulation chances, it induces menstruation when used with other related Ayurveda medicines such as kaseesa and Tankana (purified borax) and hot potency herbs such as Asafoetida is useful to induce periods. This is the reason, it is used as an ingredient in Ayurveda medicine to induce periods – Raja Pravartini vati tablet.
It improves hair quality, prevents hair fall, cures dandruff, also useful in acne and blemishes.
Aloe Vera for constipation
To relieve constipation, 10 grams of pulp is made into paste, added with 2 grams of rock salt, mixed well, and boiled to evaporate the water content. It is administered in a dose of 3 – 6 grams, once a day.
Aloe Vera flower balances Vata and Pitta Dosha, Guru (heavy) and is useful in worm infestation, infected wounds
Aloe Vera for Asthma
Aloe Vera leaf is heated on burning charcoal, cuticle is removed and pulp is scraped and squeezed in cloth to get the juice. One teaspoon of this juice is added with two drops of ghee and 4 drops of honey and licked hourly to relieve attacks of breathlessness and wheezing.
Aloe Vera for eyes
In case of redness and burning sensation of the eyes, 2 grams of above purified (dry roasted) alum powder is mixed with 20 grams of Aloe Vera pulp and tied into two boli in clean pieces of cloth. These cloth packs are tied on eyes and kept as it overnight while sleeping
They are removed next morning
By this eyes become clear, vision improves, redness and burning sensation get subsided.
Aloe Vera for diabetes
Five phytosterols of Aloe Vera have been identified with anti-diabetic activity (research)
Aloe Vera has been clinically proven for anti diabetic property. (research)
It is a good anti oxidant and it maintains healthy structure of the blood vessels. Both these are very vital in diabetic care. A diabetic patient often suffers from blood vessel related disorders and is in need of anti oxidants. Hence, Aloe Vera is a very useful herb in diabetes management.
How to take Aloe Vera for diabetes?
Along with your current anti diabetic medication, you can use Aloe Vera as a vegetable in your diet.
Aloe Vera capsule – 2 – 4 per day can be consumed depending on the blood sugar levels, in consultation with your doctor.
Aloe Vera juice (sugar-less, natural) can be taken in a dose of 15 – 30 ml, mixed with same amount of water, based on your doctor’s advice. The dose depends on the blood sugar level.
Aloe Vera for diverticulitis
I understand that Aloe Vera juice helps patients with problem of diverticulitis. It is said that it can cure the diverticulitis. Can you tell me whether it is true and if so what should be the dosage and for how long it should be taken? Should it be diluted or taken straight? Does it also alleviate the pains caused by it during early in the morning before the bladder is emptied and bowel movement.
How to Use Aloe Vera for Diverticulitis?
It will be wrong to say that Aloe Vera juice completely cures Diverticulitis. However, it relieves many of diverticulitis symptoms such as constipation (Aloe Vera is a mild laxative), abdominal pain and vomiting sensation. Regular adult dose of Aloe Vera juice is – 30 ml mixed with 30 ml of water, once or twice a day. It helps to relieve early morning pain before the bladder and bowels are emptied.
Aloe Vera side effects
Aloe Vera induces purgation and hence it is not ideal to take it during diarrhea.
Care should be exercised while using aloe in children and during lactation.
It is best to avoid it during pregnancy.
Aloe Vera juice benefits
Aloe Vera juice is good for stomach, in skin diseases, has anti-microbial properties.
It also acts as a blood thinning agent and detoxifies blood.
Daily dose is 30 – 50 ml, in single or divided dose, before food.
Aloe Vera external application
External Application of Aloe Vera pulp:
The leaf pulp is useful to heal burn wounds, boils, acne, blisters, allergic skin disorders.
Its pulp is added with turmeric powder and heated for a minute and this is applied externally.
The same paste can be applied over the mouth ulcers two or three times a day.
Oil prepared with Aloe Vera in sesame oil or olive oil base is very useful against diaper rashes.
Aloe Vera for excess dry mouth
- It helps to protect the sensitive tissue in the mouth and enhances the taste buds
- Drink ¼ cup of Aloe Vera juice daily to cure dry mouth
- Use its juice for rinsing your mouth once or twice daily
- Apply pure Aloe Vera gel around your mouth using a cotton swab. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth with water. apply 3-4 times in a day.
Aloe Vera medicinal properties
Rasa (taste) – Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Guru (heaviness), Snigdha (oily, unctuous), Picchila (sticky, slimy)
Vipaka- Katu – Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion.
Veerya – Sheeta – Cold potency
Effect on Tridosha – Balances all the three Doshas.
Part Used- Leaves
Dosage- Fresh juice 10-20 ml; Aqueous Extract 100-300 mg
Leaf pulp – 1 – 3 grams
Aloe vera Flowers
Quality (Guna) – Guru – Heavy
Effect on Doshas – Balances Vata and Pitta dosha
Action (Karma) – Relieves worm infestation – Krimihara
Bhedani – Useful in constipation
Gulmahara – useful in abdominal tumors
Pleehahara – useful in spleen disorders, splenomegaly
Yakrut Vruddhihara – useful in hepatitis, hepatomegaly
Kapha Jwarahara – useful in fever
Granthihara – useful in small tumors, fibroids, lymphadenitis
Agnidagdha – useful in treating burn wounds
Visphotahara – relieves boils, blisters
Raktapittahara – Useful in bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, heavy periods, etc
Tvak Roga – useful in skin disorders, psoriasis.
Chakshushya – improves vision, good for eyes, useful in eye disorders
Vishahara – Anti toxic
Vatahara – useful in treating disorders of Vata Dosha imbalance such as neuralgia, paralysis, constipation, bloating, etc
Balya – improves strength and immunity
Vrushya – aphrodisiac, improves vigor
Rasayana – anti aging, causes cell and tissue rejuvenation
Pittaja Kasahara – useful in cough and cold of Pitta origin
Shwasahara – useful in treatment of asthma and chronic respiratory disorders.
Home remedy for skin glow
Article by Dr Ms Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu) PhD
Simple techniques will yield significant benefits, many a time. Good example for this is exudates of Aloe vera or aloe vera pulp.
Most of the people know and accordingly use Aloe vera pulp as a fresh moisturizer and skin softener. Also few believe regarding its glow enhancing effect.
Collection of exudate
How to get the exudates?
You can use aloevera pulp directly for this remedy. But if you have only one or two plants of aloe vera at home, then you cannot use the pulp on daily basis, as it will last for only a few days.
Hence, it is ideal to get the pulp exudate from aloe vera leaves. This way, the plant is preserved for longer period of time.
Here is a simple technique to obtain the exudates –
Utensils required – a sharp blade/knife
Spoon or sharp edged steel plate\Ingredients-Triphala powder (2-3 gram)
Preferably early in the morning (any time it can be carried) a gentle incision is made over the leaf, when the live plant is intact with soil (no necessary to separate the leaf from plant or to cut the plant).
Over the incised area one or two pinch of Triphala choorna (fine powder) is sprinkled. After a time duration of 10-15 minutes, yellow colored exudate oozes out of this incised portion of the leaf. This is collected with the help of a spoon or steel plate.
Alternatively, you can directly use aloe vera pulp for this remedy.
How to use?
This fine exudate is applied over the face or acne scars, dark spots, black heads, regularly. If the pus is found over the lesions like infected acne, 1 gram of turmeric powder or neem powder can be mixed to the exudate and is applied.
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How often it has to be applied?
Preferably 3 – 5 times in a day.
How long it can be practiced?
Expected results can be observed if this is practiced daily for 15-21 days.
Instead of going for a synthetic (chemical), costly cosmetics the above said kitchen remedy may be more safe, effective and cheaper.
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Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets,
Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.
In vitro Antibacterial activity
Evaluation of biological and toxicological properties
Mode of usage
Its pulp is used in small quantities as a vegetable. But over-dosage should be avoided.
Its leaf is soaked in a cup of water over night. Next day morning, the water is consumed.
Its extract in the form of capsule / tablet is administered under medical supervision.
Its ready-to-use juices are available in the market.
Because of its anti dandruff properties, its dry powder or pulp is used in making anti dandruff hair oil
Ayurveda medicines containing Aloe as ingredient:
Kumarayasav – used in abdominal distention, bloating, cough, cold, piles etc.
Raja Pravartini Vati – used in treating amenorrhea and scanty bleeding
Mukta Panchamrit Ras – used in the treatment of Chronic fever, phthisis , Emaciation, Cough etc
Karutha Gulika – used in treatment of headache.
Aloe Vera in preparing Bhasma
Aloe Vera is used in incinerating copper metal into Tamra Bhasma (Copper calx).
Similarly, it is used in preparing Pravala bhasma (coral), Shankha Bhasma (Conch Calx), Kapardika Bhasma (Cowries).
Aloe Vera as prebiotic
Acemannan and Fructans from Aloe Vera are found in Aloe Vera with prebiotic properties. An in vitro study conducted in Chile, proved their prebiotic property. These two chemicals boosted lactobacillus growth.
Fructans from Aloe Vera induced bacterial growth better than inulin (commercial FOS – fructooligosaccharides). Acemannan stimulated bacterial growth less than fructans, and as much as commercial FOS. (research).
Aloe Vera for weight loss
How to use Aloe Vera for weight loss?
1. Take half a teaspoon of aloe Vera pulp. Heat it a little. Add a teaspoon of honey to it. Take it at night.
2. Take half a teaspoon of Aloe Vera pulp. Heat it a little. Add a teaspoon of Triphala powder to it. Make a paste with half a teaspoon of honey. Swallow this paste up with a cup of water, at night after food.
Aloe Vera in amenorrhea
How can aloe vera be useful in amenorrhoea (no periods), while it is told to be useful in heavy periods as well?
Aloe vera is a coolant, at the same time has pungency. It acts differently, when combined with different ingredients.
Aloe vera with hot ingredients – such as asafoetida and kaseesa (ferrous sulphate) can induce periods. Hence used in amenorrhoea. This is the reason, it is used as an ingredient in famous Ayurvedic medicine Raja Pravartini vati, used in treating scanty periods or delayed periods.
Mayo Clinic states that Aloe vera, if consumed along with warfarin (a blood thinning agent), can cause increased bleeding.
But this phenomenon is not seen if the aloe vera is made a combination with astringent and coolant herbs such as Ashoka (Saraca indica) or Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa). In this case, the coolant effect (Sheeta guna of aloe vera dominates over its pungent action.
How can one combat the laxative effect of Aloe vera?
The laxative effect of aloe vera can be combated by using it along with cardamom or cumin seed powder.
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Names in different languages
Hindi name- Gheekuvar
English Name- Indian Aloe
Telugu Name- Kalabanda
Kannada name- Lolisara, Lolesara
Malayalam Name- Kumari, Kattar Vazha
Tamil Name- Kathaazhai
Bengali Name – Ghrita Kumari
Species: Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a perennial herb with fleshy, succulent, green densely crowded leaves. It grows upto the height of 30 to 60 cm. Edges of leaves are serrated. Flowers are tubular and yellow in color. Fruits are triangular capsules and contains numerous seeds.
Aloe vera grows mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Arab, Asia, Europe and America. In India, it is found in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Aloe Vera is called as Kumari in Sanskrit. Kumari refers to a young girl. This name has two derivations.
- It is used in diseases of young girls, like pimples and menstrual problems.
- The plant is beautiful and looks young even after it grows old. 🙂
Gruha Kanya, Sthula dala, Dirgha patra, Gandala.
Ambudhisrava, Vipulasrava – Having profuse gel in the leaves.
Maataa – It is like a mother to the patient.
Deerghapatrika – Having long leaves
Ghrita Kumarika – leaf having slimy pulp similar to ghee.
Amara, Ajara – Has rejuvenating and anti aging properties.
Aloe Vera varieties
Different varieties- At present A. Vera chinensis, A. Barbadensis, A. Vera are mainly being used as Kumari. The author also noticed several other species of Aloe are being sold or cultivated in the name of Kumari in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Cultivated throughout India.
A. Vera chinensis- smaller AsiTIC from, fleshy, Lanceolate leaves 30 cm long and re curved at tips, rounded beneath , blue green with white marking and whitish teeth; flowers orange.
Aloe Vera chemical constituents
Aloe- Emodin, aloctin A(Glycoprotein), Aloenin(bitter Glucoside), barbaloin, Chrysophanol Glycoside; Galactose, Mannose, Aldopentose, Aloesin, Aloeesone, b-sitosterol, Alocutin A & B etc.
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)