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Aloe History and Properties

ALOE's History Properties

ALOE History Properties

ALOE: used 3,500 years old and not entirely known. ALOE VERA: The Return of the plant of immortality In recent years there has been an increasing interest in Aloe Vera although in Anglo-Saxon countries the Aloe was regularly used in natural medicine since the early eighties. The more appropriate term to use is, in fact, rediscovered as the Aloe has a long history of use as a healing plant that takes us back in time for thousands of years. There are significant evidence regarding the use of Aloe vera by humans dating back to 4,000 BC (Egyptian Temple), to 2,100 BC (Sumerian tablet) and again to 1,550 BC (Papyrus Ebers). Throughout history, Aloe was surrounded by an aura of mysticism and sacredness in almost all civilizations and peoples that have used it, thus reaching us today colorful anecdotal information. The importance that Aloe has played in the past, it understands the ways in which it was called at the various civilizations: Plant of Immortality (Egyptians); Silent healer (American Indians); Desert Lily (Arab); Elixir of Jerusalem (Knights Templar). WHAT 'ALOE VERA? The term Aloe will indicate over 360 different species of succulents. While similar to a cactus, the Aloe belongs to the lily family as asparagus, garlic, leek, onion, also plants with distinct and documented healing properties. Aloe is native to the arid and sunniest areas of North Africa, Spain, Indonesia, India, the Caribbean, Australia, Mexico and the southern US. It looks like a juicy plant of considerable size (30-70 cm), with fleshy leaves sword-shaped concave and but a little 'bent outwards, aculeate the edge, gathered in the basal rosette. There are many widely known species of Aloe: Aloe Barbadensis Miller (or real), A. Saponaria, A. arborescens, A. Ferox and many more. But only a few are used for their therapeutic properties.

 The CONSTITUENTS OF ALOE VERA LEAF. If you dissects a leaf of Aloe they can observe the main constituents. The main layers are undoubtedly a tough outer covering (which serves the plant to protect itself from attacks from the outside world and to retain the liquid by allowing it to survive extreme environmental conditions), a rich film of anthraquinone (or aloin), a thick gelatinous substance (which is the heart as well as the plant nutrients).

 Aloin And GEL: ACTIVE ALOE VERA. The leaf is the part of the plant that contains the majority of the active substances even if one can not exclude that these are present in other parts. The most significant are two active substances: 1- The anthraquinone compounds now known as Aloin. 2- The gels. The Aloin is a yellowish fluid composed of low molecular weight substances that has the property to spread rapidly and cause often violent responses by the body. For this reason it can damage some cellular mechanisms and even compromise them permanently. The Aloin also has a certain bactericidal and fungicidal activity (very aggressive and toxic to the entire body), but for these purposes, there are other more effective and less toxic natural substances. The strong stimulating action of bodily functions occurs in the intestine as a drastic purgative action. The Aloin also has properties emmenagoghe but it is short-term action, able to solve quotas and acute problems and not to regularize the body. It also stimulates the production of PG2 and therefore acts as inflammatory agent. In the selection of a Aloe juice or a gel for external use, it is therefore advisable to make sure that the Aloin has been removed correctly from the leaf during the machining process. The juicy leaf Aloe is a kind of dispensation (a camel hump) that encompasses everything that she needs to survive in extreme climates where water and nutrients essential to life in short supply. This helps explain why the Aloe gel is so rich in valuable substances. The main components are distinguished: 1- 99.4% Water. 2- Part solid 0.6%. The gel is in fact a low fluid concentration of soluble solids; the grass, to make a comparison, it contains at least 7-10%. The solid part (0.6%) is composed of various substances, both low and high molecular weight. Among the low molecular weight compounds are: 1- simple sugars (0.28%): are the main component (almost 50% of the total). In detail: 95% glucose and 5% fructose. 2- amino acids: they are at least 17 (possibly 20) different types. According to some theories, the amino acid component contributes to tissue healing and stimulates phagocytosis. In fact the presence of amino acids is quantitatively too low because armies these functions. 3- minerals (0,103%): it is true that Aloe Vera contains a very wide range of minerals but the amount of each mineral is very low and therefore unlikely to play a significant role in the therapeutic process so Aloe is appreciated. 4- plant hormones: they are essentially of two types (Gibberellin and Indole-3-Acetic Acid or "Auxin") and it was proved that stimulate growth and healing processes in plant tissues and also in those animals. 5- salicylic acid is present but in too small quantities to be active. 6- plant steroids: these substances have anti-inflammatory action similar to steroids. To understand the Aloe vera activities, the high molecular weight component is without doubt the most significant. The most important compounds are: 1- polysaccharides: when the plant is mature, the content of polysaccharide in the gel is equal to 0.0552% which corresponds to about 552 mg per liter (this increases in concentrated products). The main sugars that constitute the polysaccharides are glucose and mannose. The focus is mostly on a specific type of complex sugar: glucomannan (or Acemannan). 2- glycoproteins: substances containing both elements of the polysaccharides that the proteins. 3- organic acids (0.143%): lactic acid, isocitric, malic, succinic. They are low molecular weight substances but adhere to the high molecular weight components. 4- bradichininasi enzyme: bradykinin is a substance consisting of a chain of amino acids which has the effect of increasing the vascular permeability and, in this way, to favor the inflammatory processes. The bradichininasi enzyme has the function of breaking this substance, and then an anti-inflammatory; being a biocatalyst does not need to be active in high amounts. An approximate system to measure the effectiveness of the Aloe vera gel is to take as reference the content of mucopolysaccharides (MPS) which roughly corresponds to the fraction of high molecular weight. In fact this measurement is not accurate because even the low molecular weight component has a certain biological activity.

THE THREE MAJOR FUNCTIONS VERA. The vast anecdotal surrounding the Aloe did lose sight of the real mechanisms of action of the plant in favor of legendary images in which the Aloe become a magic potion can solve all ills. The goal of this chapter is to provide accurate scientific information, or at least supported by a serious medical literature, from tests and experiments. The three main functions performed from Aloe are: - an anti-inflammatory function - healing function - immune Function From these, and especially by the action of stimulation of the immune system, derive many benefits of various bodily functions known as "cascade effect". ALOE AND ..


ACTION INFLAMMATORY And 'perhaps the most documented function. Aloe gel has a gentle calming, soothing and refreshing on inflamed tissues reducing pain. This happens regardless of the cause and the nature of inflammation. We have excellent results both on an acute inflammation of traumatic nature that of chronic inflammations of the skin and mucous membranes. The same allergic reactions, which in their reactive phase always have an inflammatory component react well to the administration / external application of aloe gel. The natural anti-inflammatory action of the Aloe vera is at least equal to that of the synthesis of steroid-based drugs, with the advantage that it does not introduce unwanted substances in the body and does not produce toxins. Moreover, as we shall see, Aloe vera also plays a facilitating role of the immune system, absent in the common anti-inflammatory drugs. In general all chronic diseases requiring steroid administration react positively Aloe. The anti-inflammatory activity of Aloe vera has a purely negative character, inhibitory. The substances responsible are: plant steroids: the major limitation of anti-inflammatory drugs is to hinder the tissue healing process. The scarring is indeed a different kind process and depends on the multiplication of cells that restore the damaged tissues. Aloe vera is so superior as it performs two functions: anti-inflammatory and healing. Plant steroids are three: Hops (37%), beta-sitosterol (31.1%) and Campesterol (24.2%). They work by depressing the synthesis of cholesterol in lymphocytes. enzyme bradichininasi: inhibits the formation of a substance that stimulates inflammations. inhibitor PG2: a third mode of action is inhibition of inflammatory agents such as type 2 prostaglandins The cases where the anti-inflammatory action of Aloe vera is important are: wounds, burns, frostbite, radiation injuries, trauma sports, skin disease, extractions and dental care, gingivitis, the pharyngeal disorders, hepatitis, peptic ulcers, leg ulcers, diabetes and related complications, arthritis, inflammatory digestive system problems, insect bites, post-surgical applications, erythema, lupus erythematosus, gout, dandruff, muscle sprains, strains and myalgias.

ALOE ... AND HEALING ACTION Although complementary anti-inflammatory action, the mechanisms in which the Aloe promotes healing of the tissues are very different in nature, but not inhibitors of positive stimulation of the cells used for the formation and tissue repair. This process has various aspects in common with the immunostimulating action. Are at least two ways in which the scarring is favored: n the active ingredients are to be found in the fraction of high molecular weight and in particular in compounds polysaccharides from mannose or glucomannan. They work by stimulating the activity of macrophages, promoting the growth of cells and tissues as well as the proliferation of fibroblasts and their activities. In particular glucomannan interacts with special receptors on the surface of cells used for the repair of damaged tissues. The glucomannan also acts by increasing the synthesis of collagen. n the Aloe plant hormones accelerate the healing process by stimulating cell reproduction. The cases in which the action healing Aloe vera is important are the same where you want the anti-inflammatory action.

ALOE AND ... ACTION IMMUNOSTIMULATING The organism beneficial consequences of a strong and efficient immune system are many. Among the cases in which the immune system plays an important role can be mentioned cancers, systemic poisoning, autoimmune diseases, intestinal problems. There is a constant relationship between those suffering from immune problems (such as chronic fatigue syndrome, systemic candidiasis, HIV infections) and digestive disorders. Although it is not yet established the current state of knowledge for sure what the causal link, it is definitely established that poor digestion is further undermining the immune activity. Aloe vera in addition to exert a stimulus, promotes the normalization of the digestive functions. Another important area in which the immune system is fundamental is that of allergies: here is not so much the failure of the immune system because of their ability to distinguish between harmful and not agents. Every day our defenses must fight different types of bacteria, viruses, toxins and waste products that accumulate in the body. One way in which the germs and toxins are eliminated is phagocytosis and therefore anything that stimulates this process contributes to the efficiency of the defenses of our organism. Aloe has said property, and also in this case the immunostimulatory substance is glucomannan. Glucomannan (also called Acemannan) plays a positive action by stimulating the receptors on the surface of immune cells. In particular, it has two effects: - stimulation of phagocytosis. - Promotion of cooperation between monocytes and T cells There is a vast literature and case study that supports the immune function of Aloe and shows that the stimulus intensity is proportional to the amount of Aloe vera used and duration of treatment. The cases in which the action immunostimulatory Aloe vera is important are: bacterial-viral-fungal infections, arthritis, wounds, burns, hepatitis, indigestion, intestinal problems, type 2 diabetes, skin problems (dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, etc.), immunodeficiency conditions (chronic fatigue syndrome, systemic candidiasis, HIV infection), acne, herpes, athlete's foot, warts, respiratory tract infections, vaginitis, vaginal warts, anal itching, ulcers legs.

THE EFFECT OF A WATERFALL The rather superficial information is now being made sull'Aloe gives the impression that this plant is the panacea for all ills. In the foregoing it has tried to properly illustrate the mode of action of Aloe and explain its usefulness in specific diseases and symptoms. No doubt, however, the Aloe vera is responsible for the so-called "cascade" effect, which consists of a series of secondary beneficial effects on all the organic processes resulting more or less directly by the three major functions of the plant and from their inevitable interrelations and synergies. Often it claimed that Aloe vera has a cleansing effect, detoxifying, revitalizing and energetic. Indeed stimulating phagocytosis favors the elimination of many toxic substances and waste materials, thus establishing a progressive detoxification process. The soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing the stomach and intestine walls also results in a significant improvement in relieving digestive functions many annoying symptoms, giving energy and increased vitality. In fact, the energetic effect of Aloe vera is not so much by the contribution of nutrients that, as we have seen, is quantitatively small, since the ability to stimulate important physiological functions.

ALOE VERA EFFECT ON SOME IMPORTANT DISEASES AND SYMPTOMS Such cases are those widely DOCUMENTED BY MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE where aloe vera is used regularly for years successfully. WOUNDS AND INJURIES The use of aloe vera gel speeds healing by 50%. This includes skin lesions, mucous membranes, and also the source but chronic non-traumatic injuries. In these cases you should first identify and remove the cause of the lesion and then proceed to treat the tissue. We also have very significant results with burns from radiation and heat. LEG ULCERS AND DERMATOSIS The leg ulcers are treated very well with the Aloe gel. Results were also registered in cases of dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrhea, acne and alopecia using the pure gel or cosmetic products (soap, shampoo, creams, lotions) consisting of a high percentage of pure Aloe vera gel (at least 70% ). DIABETES Aloe vera has shown a marked hypoglycemic effect and contributes to the resolution of various complications of diabetes. A study carried out on patients suffering from diabetes - non insulin dependent - shows that there has been a reduction in the rate of glucose to 273 mg / dL before treatment to 151 mg / dl after the treatment, with the insulin levels unchanged. This is interpreted as an effective capacity of Aloe Vera by improving the response of tissues to the insulin that already circulates in the blood. Peptic ulcer and 'this one of the most widespread applications of Aloe vera. In fact, the regular intake of juice leads in most cases to a complete cure. It 'important to a Japanese study of 12 patients who used the aloe gel as the only remedy (1963). After one year of treatment 100% of patients were cured. With regard to this problem (and many others) will feel the intense hostility of the pharmaceutical companies, who sell as active ingredients of synthetic molecules have no economic incentive to recognize or to promote a natural substance and therefore not patentable.


DEPENDENT DISORDERS OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM The assumption of 170 ml of gel (about 45 ml of concentrated juice 4: 1), divided into three different moments of the day, for a period of 7 days in a sample of patients who had not made other changes to their diet and lifestyle, led to these results: 1.- 40% reduction of putrefaction and greater assimilation of proteins. 2.- Improvement of the composition of the intestinal bacterial flora (it is important to note that this result was achieved without the use of lactic acid bacteria or similar supplements, Aloe is able to create un'habitat ideal for survival and proliferation of healthy bacteria). 3. Reduction of the specific gravity of the feces equal to 0.37 units, thus approaching the value of those considered ideal. This indicates a greater retention capacity for water from the fecal content and a more rapid intestinal transit. Did not occur no case of diarrhea demonstrating that Aloe has not properly distillate laxative effect. The more rapid intestinal transit was interpreted as an improvement of digestive muscle tone. 4.- Spoken reducing gastric acidity indicated by a rise of the gastrointestinal pH of 1.88; of course this effect is beneficial in all cases of hyperacidity. Also it emerged from the study that the subjects in which the pH varied more significantly were those who were already suffering from hyperacidity. These data help us understand the role of Aloe vera in diseases such as gastric and duodenal ulcers.

TREATMENT AND DETOX Aloe vera plays purifying action is that detoxification. Also in this case it is a positive process, stimulation of the immune defenses and for the improvement of digestive functions. In particular, the mechanisms that are activated are: 1.- Aloe vera stimulates phagocytosis, or promotes the action of some defensive cells of the body. Through phagocytosis, they are deleted viruses, bacteria, but also dangerous harmful substances including toxins, dead cells and waste products. 2.- Aloe vera stimulates cell metabolism (promotes cell growth, urges protein synthesis and construction materials). 3. Aloe vera stimulates digestion (improves the absorption, reduces bacteria and putrefactive activities, regulates the intestinal pH, gives life to the functionality of the pancreas and intestines, promotes eubiosis).

BACTERIAL INFECTIONS AND FUNGAL Aloe vera does not act as a germicide, however, is very useful in cases of infection. The literature reports of significant improvements in subjects with viral infections as Aloe increases the body's ability to resist infections. Several studies are still underway at the time, but there is one very significant on the AIDS virus. Was conducted in 1990 on 29 patients with full-blown AIDS is administered Aloe vera juice + EFAs: the result was a significant improvement of immune status. The experiment lasted six months and patients were subjected to laboratory examination in 30-60-90-180 days of treatment: all turned improved the ninetieth day and 27 of them evidenziarono further improvement at the end of treatment. Their quality of life measured by the method Karnosky, passed initial dall'8,97% to 92.41% at the end of treatment. Glucomannan aloe is undoubtedly the most important substance and indicated to an understanding of the charitable work of the plant. From studies and laboratory experiments show that exposure to glucomannan protects the white blood cells from virus attacks. The reproduction of the virus is also slowed as the degree of infectivity.

OTHER FIELDS OF USE ALOE VERA There are various diseases in which it is plausible to assume that the use of aloe gel can have positive results. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS having a strong autoimmune component and an inflammatory, it is clear that aloe might be helpful. Crohn's disease is manifested by a strong inflammation and a bad functioning of the intestines, especially the small intestine. E 'implied the status of the immune system efficiency. HYPERTHYROIDISM iridology highlight a similarity between inflammatory conditions. Although speculative, it can be said that the anti-inflammatory action of Aloe can also be useful to those suffering from hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism has also also immune character lapels. ALLERGIC CONDITIONS because it normalizes the immune system function and reduces inflammation Aloe vera can be used in cases of allergy. Of course the underlying cause of allergy should be removed. DISORDERS LIVER there are two studies on the effectiveness of Aloe in cases of cirrhosis as favoring the regeneration of the liver. Currently the Aloe is used in the treatment of severe and chronic LIVER DISEASES .... THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY 'OF A PRODUCT CHOICE !!! Below you use the term to indicate the juice of aloe vera gel to be used internally while the gel-term for the same product to be used topically. A JUICE OF GOOD QUALITY 'should possess the following characteristics: - ORGANIC CERTIFICATION (as official body): Aloe vera is a succulent plant that holds within itself all that it receives from outside and therefore any unwanted substances. - PROPER PROCESSING: Cold and hand. - NO aloin - NOT PATORIZZAZIONE: pasteurization would damage the delicate polysaccharides that are responsible for much of the plant's properties. - Concentration mode: being Aloe vera formed to over 99.4% water, PREFER A PRODUCT CONCENTRATE so that the amount of active ingredients is greater. It 'important that the concentration takes place in a natural way, on large medium-low temperature stoves and not with chemical solvents, although the latter procedure is much cheaper. - PROTECTIVE BOTTLE: Aloe vera is extremely sensitive, so be chosen products with non-transparent bottles. DOSAGE AND METHOD 'FOR USE INTERNAL USE: according to product quality, on average about 40/60 ml to EXTERNAL USE: Pure gels or creams (high concentration of Aloe). Irrigations Coloniche: user support internally. synergistic action: aloe develops important synergies with other plants and natural substances. Even in this case are commercially available Aloe vera juice to which herbs are added to detoxifying action and immunostimulant or herbs for soothing and healing action. "Aloe: used 3,500 years, but still not completely known"

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