Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe.An evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates around the world. It is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. The species is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant. It is found in many consumer products including beverages, skin lotion, cosmetics, or ointments for minor burns and sunburns. There is little clinical evidence for the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extract as a cosmetic or medicine. Although there is little scientific evidence of the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extracts for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries regularly make claims regarding the soothing, moisturizing, and healing properties of aloe vera. There is no good evidence aloe vera is of use in treating wounds or burns nor that topical application is effective for treating genital herpes or psoriasis. A 2014 Cochrane review found insufficient evidence for using aloe vera topically to treat or prevent phlebitis caused by intravenous infusion. Aloe vera gel is used commercially as an ingredient in yogurts, beverages, and some desserts but at certain high doses, its toxic properties could be severe when taken orally. Under the guidelines of California Proposition 65, orally ingested non-decolorized aloe vera leaf extract has been listed by the OEHHA, along with goldenseal, among “chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity”. The use of topical aloe vera is not associated with significant side effects. Oral ingestion of aloe vera is potentially toxic and may cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea which in turn can decrease the absorption of drugs

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