What is Aloe Vera?-uses and safety.

What is Aloe Vera?-uses and safety.

  • Aloe vera, also known as a Ghritkumari
  • Aloe is a cactus-like plant that grows in hot, dry climates. It is cultivated in subtropical regions around the world, including the southern border areas of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
  • Aloe is used topically (applied to the skin) and orally. Topical use of aloe is promoted for acne, lichen planus (a very itchy rash on the skin or in the mouth), oral submucous fibrosis, burning mouth syndrome, burns, and radiation-induced skin toxicity. Oral use of aloe is promoted for weight loss, diabetes, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (a group of conditions caused by gut inflammation that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis).
  • Aloe—both in gel and latex form—when taken by mouth may be unsafe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
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