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Aloe Vera The
Facts - by Dr. Peter Atherton
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera, often called the Miracle Plant, the Natural Healer, the Burn Plan,
goes by many names which have survived the 4000 or so years during which this amazing medicinal herb had benefited mankind.
George Ebers in 1862 first discovered its antiquity in an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dated 3500BC, which was in fact a collection of herbal remedies. Other researches have
since found it was used by both the ancient Chinese and Indian cultures. Greek
and Roman physicians such as Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder used it to great effect and legend suggests that Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to capture the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean to get its rich supply of aloe to heal this wounded
soldiers. The Egyptian queen Nefertiti and Cleopatra rated it highly as a beauty
Although there are over 200 species of aloe, there are probably only four or five with medicinal properties. Of these, Aloe Barbadensis Miller, (also known as Aloe Linne), is the most potent. Its the only one entitled to be known as aloe vera or the true
Aloe Vera is a succulent, looking rather like a cactus but it is in fact a member of the lily
family related to onions, garlic and asparagus. When mature the contents of its leaves, a mixture of inner gel and outer sap can be harvested, preserved and bottled to produce a product that is as near to the natural plant juice as we can get.
To benefit from Aloe Vera, the gel can be taken internally for its nutritional effect or it can
be combined with other ingredients to produce topical creams and lotions to nourish and improve the quality of the skin.
For a product to work properly, Aloe needs to be the principal ingredient. Look for a product
with a substantial Aloe Vera content.
Aloe Vera - inside the leaf
Aloe Vera gel contains at least 75 known ingredients which can be divided into
the following groups:
Vitamins - it contains a wide range, but the most important ones are the antioxidant vitamins C and E and Beta-Carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. It is also one of the few plants in the world to contain vitamin B12.
Minerals - these include magnesiu, anganese, zinc, copper, chromiun, calcium, sodium, potassium and iron.
Amino Acids - the human body requires 22 amino acids, the building blocks
of proteins and Aloe Vera gel provides 20 of them. More importantly, it provides seven of the eight essential amino acids, that cannot be manufactured by the body and which therefore have to be consumed as food.
Sugars - these include the important long chain polysaccharides which act on the immune system to boost its effects.
Enymes - lipases and proteases which break down food and aid digestion as well ascarboxypepitdase that is involved in the inflammatory process.
Plant Sterols - the three main types act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
Saponins - these are soapy substances that exert a powerful anti-mircobial effect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts such as
candida or 'thrush'
Lignin - this woody substance bestows on Aloe Vera its penetrative ability to reach deep into the skin.
Anthraquinones - the most important ones being aloin and emodin, but altogether they are strong painkillers, and are acknoledged to possess anti-bacterial and viruscidal activity. In their pure from, they are powerful laxatives.
Salycylic Acid - this asprinin - like compound is anti-inflammatory and topically helps to break down dead tissue.
Which type of aloe?
There is no real evidence to suggest that whole leaf aloe, which includes the rind but is filtered and usually concentrated, is any more effective that just the inner leaf gel and sap alone. However, what is most important is the quality and quantily of aloe in the product being sold.
Unfortunately, many products on the market labelled as 'Aloe Vera Juice' may contain only a small amount or proportion of the actual inner leaf gel. If in doubt, look for the Seal of Approval of the International Aloe Science Council. This is an independent Amercian regulatory body which monitors the quantity od aloe in the products. If their Seal of Approval actually appears on the container (not simply a claim), it is bona fide.
Why does it work?
It works by providing a rich cocktail of nutritional elements whose combined
action and balance produce a more powerful effect together that would be expected from the addition of the individual components. This is because they work as a team, enhancing each other's effect - known as synergism. It also has adaptogenic properties which means it is a substance which increases non-specific resistance of an organism to adverse influences such as infection or stress.
Where does it work?
Aloe Vera, because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, help firstly to prevent injury to epithelial tissues, and when they are damaged, it promotes healing.
Antioxidants fight the destructive 'free radicals', the unstable compounds produced by our metabolism and found in environmental pollutants. They are thought to cause
various ailments including some cancers as well as contributing towards the
An epithelium is an anatomical term defined as follows: "An epithelium is a layer of cells that
covers the body or lines a cavity that connects with it".
Our largest epithelium is our skin but also included are the lining of the gut, the bronchial tbes and the genital tract. No wonder that aloe works just as well on damaged skin as it does, say, on an inflamed bowel or in asthma.
How does it work?
Its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial action combined within its
nutritional constituents promote cell growth and therefore healing.
However, it is not only helpful for people with problems; most people taking it report a greater sense of well being - they just feel 'better' or they report feeling calmer and
I believe this last comment is due to aloe's second effect on the immune system which you may say becomes balanced or fin-tuned and therefore more efficient at defending the body
Aloe Vera is not a panacea for all ills and there is no magic about it. I believe it works primarily in the two areas mentioned previously - epithelial tissue and the immune system. This is largely backed up by anecdotal evidence, as many thousands of people over the centuries have reported benefit for various
skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, burns, acne, even stings and bites. They have found relief for bowel disorders such as colitis, diverticulities and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Other conditions resulting from a disordered immune system such as arthritis, asthma and ME (post viral fatigue
syndrome) and LE (lupus) have improved after a regular ingestion of Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera therefore has a complementary role play in the management of various conditions. It is very important however that people should always seek the advice of their doctor
when the diagnosis is in doubt or where a condition does not improve. Self diagnosis can be extremely dangerous as many serious conditions can mimic more simple ones.
About the Author Dr Peter Atherton MB.ChB., D.Ost.R.C.O.G., M.R.C.G.P
Qualified in 1968 at Leeds University
and after six years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he became a General
Practised in Buckinghamshire where he practiced for 25 years as the Senior
Partner. During this time he developed an interest in Dermatology, having spent
three years in the skin department of a District Hospital. This interest
combined with an understanding of the power of herbal remedies gained whilst
serving in the Far East of India led to his fascination with Aloe Vera. He
lectures extensively on the medical aspects of Aloe Vera and is the author of
"The Essential Aloe Vera", the definitive work on the subject.
Following two years as a visiting research fellow as the University of Oxford, he was appointed as Director of the Tyingham Clinic, Europe's largest naturopathic clinic where he
now combines conventional and complementary therapies.
This leaflet is provided for educational purposes and is not an endorsement of any particular products containing Aloe Vera.