Aloe Vera: Medicinal Aloe

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Aloe vera, pronounced /ˈæloʊ ˈvɪrə/[1], also known as the true or medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant in the genus Aloe that is believed to have originated in the Sudan.[citation needed] Aloe vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India, and other arid areas. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine. Many scientific studies of the use of extracts of Aloe vera have been undertaken, some of them conflicting.[2][3][4][5] Despite these limitations, there is some preliminary evidence that Aloe vera extracts may be useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, minor skin infections, Sebaceous cyst, diabetes, and elevated blood lipids in humans.[4] These positive effects are…show more content…
Bulbine frutescens, for example, is used widely for the treatment of burns and a host of skin afflictions.[50]
Aloe vera has a long association with herbal medicine[->48], although it is not known when its medical applications were first suspected. Early records of Aloe vera use appear in the Ebers Papyrus[->49] from 16th century BCE,[16] in both Dioscorides'[->50] De Materia Medica and Pliny the Elder's[->51] Natural History[->52] written in the mid-first century CE[16] along with the Juliana Anicia Codex[->53] produced in 512 CE.[43] Aloe vera is non-toxic, with no known side effects, provided the aloin[->54] has been removed by processing. Taking aloe vera that contains aloin[->55] in excess amounts has been associated with various side-effects.[4][5][51] However, the species is used widely in the traditional herbal medicine of China[->56], Japan[->57],Russia[->58], South Africa[->59], the United States[->60], Jamaica, Latin America and India[->61].[4]
Aloe vera may be effective in treatment of wounds.[5] Evidence on the effects of its sap on wound healing, however, is limited and contradictory.[5] Some studies, for example, show that aloe vera promotes the rates of healing,[52][53] while, in

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