In recent times, Aloe Vera has emerged as a panacea for a long list of diseases. Aloe Vera could be considered a wonder herb, as it provides immense relief for a spectrum of afflictions like psoriasis, hair problems, diabetes and constipation, among others. The pulp or the inner lining of the leaf is used for medicinal purposes. Aloe Vera preparations are now available across the counter in several forms such as liquid extracts, dry extracts, juices, and gels.
However, before using Aloe Vera, it is essential to understand the conditions in which this wonder herb would be helpful. Here are some of them:
1. Aloe Vera is very beneficial for digestive disorders like dyspepsia, which is characterized by belching, sour eructation, flatulence, nausea, and abdominal bloating. Aloe Vera also provides relief for constipation. This has been supported by scientific research and the fact that Indians have been using it for centuries now. It is also extremely useful in liver disorders and alleviates liver disease symptoms like loss of appetite, fatigue, itching, and upset bowels within just a few weeks of use.
2. The use of Aloe Vera for skin care is much talked about these days. Skin conditions like psoriasis, characterized by plaques, dry skin, itching, and flaky scalp, have been cured with Aloe Vera. A topical application of 0.5 % cream of Aloe Vera is beneficial in reducing the plaques of psoriasis. Aloe Vera is also effective in treating wounds, burns, and skin infections which are accompanied by an oozing of secretions and itching in the affected area. Aloe Vera also acts as an excellent blood purifier, eradicating toxins that cause skin disorders.
3. Local application of Aloe Vera for hair care is being practiced by many people. One can apply a paste of Aloe Vera pulp on wet hair to cure Seborrhic dermatitis (dandruff), flaky scalp, dry, and lusterless hair.
4. Aloe Vera juice is beneficial in joint disorders like painful, swollen, and stiff joints. These symptoms may be caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
5. Aloe Vera can also help manage Diabetes, an ailment characterized by high blood sugar levels, frequent urination, fatigue, and diminished vision. When taken orally, Aloe Vera helps reduce sugar levels in diabetics. It has traditionally been used in many sugar-lowering formulations.
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