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Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe is a succulent plant that has long been applied to the skin in gel form and taken by mouth as a folk medicine and natural health remedy. Medical science is still investigating many of these traditional uses for aloe. However, scientists have established that aloe acts as a laxative when taken by mouth. Because of this, the juice of aloe is sometimes recommended by herbalists to use as a part of cleanses. In addition, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database lists aloe as "possibly effective" at addressing symptoms of constipation.

Adding Aloe to You Diet

Aloe juice is an easy way to take aloe internally. It may also be used for applying aloe to the skin to promote healing of minor burns. Whether you intend to use aloe vera as a part of a cleansing system or as a daily health care supplement, Walgreens has a solution to meet your needs. Before taking aloe vera, you should be aware that there are risks associated with its use. When applied to the skin, it can cause mild irritation like redness and swelling. Side effects are more common when aloe is taken by mouth. Conditions such as stomach discomfort and diarrhea are the most frequent side effects from taking aloe orally. However, there are risks for more severe side effects. Muscle weakness, heart problems, dangerous changes in blood mineral levels and liver inflammation are all possible. There have been reports of people dying after taking 1 gram of aloe by mouth daily for several days in a row. Do not take aloe vera by mouth if you are pregnant or nursing. The herb may be unsafe for children. If you have any type of disorder that affects your intestines, such as Crohn's disease or irritable bowel syndrome, you should not use aloe juice. Those with kidney problems or hemorrhoids also should not take aloe. Aloe can cause blood sugar problems after surgery or in people with diabetes. Do not take aloe juice if you are on any of the following medications or herbs: digoxin, diabetes drugs, sevoflurane, water pills, warfarin, horsetail, licorice or any herb that acts as a laxative. The effects of aloe juice can cause any type of medication to be absorbed less than completely. This could impact effectiveness. Before using aloe juice, be sure to talk to your doctor, so that you can weigh potential risks with benefits.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.