Aloe Vera was called the plant of immortality by ancient Egyptians. Can this so-called immortality be harnessed to repair impotence? Does the reputation of this renowned little plant really hold water?
What Can Aloe Do?
First, aloe is known to come in two forms of medicinal substances. It can be found as a yellow latex or a clear gel. Aloe’s clear gel is used in topical creams and ointments for burns, psoriasis skin conditions, and also acne. It’s important to remember that the yellow latex of aloe is a laxative taken by mouth to deal with constipation. Clear gel aloe is safe as long as it’s used as recommended. Aloe latex requires attention to safety. If 1 gram of aloe latex is taken multiple days continuously, kidney damage can be caused and can even prove to be fatal.
Evidence has proven use of aloe for the following conditions:
- Psoriasis: symptoms of mild to moderate psoriasis such as redness, itching, inflammation, and scaling can be diminished by aloe extract cream.
- Wounds and burns: clear aloe gel seems to shorten the time it takes to heal wounds such as first and second degree burns. It also may help stimulate healing in other wounds.
- Herpes simplex virus: lesions can heal sooner with the use of an aloe extract cream.
- Acne: When used in the morning and evening regularly, aloe gel can boost the efficacy on acne of the prescription topical medication tretinoin.
- Constipation: While aloe latex can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea, it behaves as a laxative. It is unclear if it is effective at treatment of constipation and results may vary.
- Oral lichen planus: two months of twice daily application of clear aloe gel can lessen this condition’s inflammatory symptoms inside the mouth.
Clear aloe gel is mainly regarded as safe in most cases, even proving efficient in treatment of skin conditions. Aloe latex, on the other hand, should be used with due caution. Chemicals in aloe latex may cause cancer. It is considered unsafe in large quantities. There is a possibility of acute kidney failure and death. Children under 12 years old should not use aloe latex.
You should be careful using aloe orally with the following drugs:
- Blood thinners such as Warfarin, Coumadin, or Jantoven.
- Anticoagulants and antiplatelets, herbals, and supplements. These slow blood clotting which can compound with oral use of aloe leading to longer bleeds.
- Water pills or diuretics. This may result in deficient potassium levels and may need potassium supplements.
- Digoxin (Lanoxin) has side effects that can be increased when potassium is low.
- Stimulant laxatives along with aloe latex can over do it on your bowels and lead to dehydration.
- Oral drug absorption and effectiveness can be reduced if taken with aloe latex.
- Diabetes drugs with oral aloe gel can put one at risk of a condition similar to hypoglycemia (abnormally low blood sugar level).
- Sevoflurane (ultane) is an anesthetic used during surgery that can slow blood clotting. Combined with aloe, this could cause unnecessary bleeds during surgery.
Different Kinds of Aloe:
An Italian institute’s research showed that Aloe Arborescens is much more potent than Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera). The Palatini Institute in Salzano, Venice discovered that Aloe Arborescens is twice as strong in remedial quality than Aloe Vera. Of all known plants, Aloe Arborescens contains the largest number of identical enzymes in our body. Of the 95 main enzymes in the human body, it contains 73 of them.
While it hasn’t been directly linked as a cure for ED, Aloe Arborescens is a much more impressive relative of Aloe Vera. Many scientific reports show that Aloe Arborescens has dramatic beneficial effects. It can improve heartburn, gastritis, reflux, intestinal health, and other immune system diseases. Most importantly for those suffering from ED, it detoxifies and cleanses blood vessels. Could it solve ED? Current studies are not conclusive, sadly.
Locals in Nigeria have been known to use Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) to increase sexual desire. Scientists studied the aphrodisiac effects of this plant in male rats. Groups were given different doses of Aloe Barbadensis and a control group was given distilled water mixed with Viagra. Researchers monitored the sexual behaviors in the groups and found interesting results. They noted that Aloe Barbadensis increased the number of sexual engagements, but substantially reduced the durations of the engagements. Put simply, it made them more willing, but didn’t help them last longer.
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