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A Sacred Plant for Beauty and Health

Updated on October 17, 2011
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera

A Brief History of Aloe Vera

Legend has it that Cleopatra who was renowned for her beauty have used Aloe Vera to keep her skin young-looking. Modern applications of Aloe Vera in clinical treatment started in Japan after the atomic bombing in the World War II. Local residents suffered burns from thermal radiation, but medical experts failed to find the effective treatment. Later, burnt patients tried consuming gelatinous pulp from the fresh leaf of the Aloe Vera plant; and by applying it on their wounds, a miracle happened. Their decaying wounds healed faster and better, without leaving any scar of the burn. The news spread to the U.S. government; still not convinced, they sent a scientific investigation team to Japan. After confirming the effectiveness of this treatment, Aloe Vera is touted as a "magical plant". Since then, the interest in Aloe Vera began to spread across Europe and the America continent.

The Aloe Vera Research

Researches on Aloe Vera by scientists have been divided into two main studies:

The first focuses on the effects of Aloe Vera on human health - natural Aloe Vera can magically heal skin burns, but can it cure various ulcers and inflammations inside the body?

The second concentrates on the skin beautifying effects of Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera can heal burns without leaving scars, but can oral consumption and topical applications of Aloe Vera beautify our skin?

The conclusion reaches was is that " Aloe Vera has AMAZING health and beauty benefits!"

What the Experts Have to Say:

Speaking at the 39th Japan Association for Cancer Research, Dr. Suzuki Yunan confirmed tthat Aloe Vera has reliable inhibitory effect on cancer.

In the U.S., Aloe Vera is known as "The Century Tree" and the plant can be found in almost every American homes; while the Japanese can it "the Family Doctor", showing their deep trust in Aloe Vera.

Dr. Ghana Roosevelt has his research team at the University of Texas, U.S.A; after extensive research, published papers praising Aloe Vera as an "all-powerful herb".

Through animal testing and human trials, Doctor of Medicine, Tian Baizhi of Japan proved that Aloe Vera not only promote cell regeneration and human body function, but also has magical effect on constipation, gastric, ulcer, diabetes, hypertension and liver disease.

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Inflammation Chart
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Heart and Blood Circulation

The Miracle Effects of Aloe Vera

Bactericidal: Aloetin is a high anti-bacterial substance that can kill fungi, mold, germ, viruses and other pathogenic bacteria, inhibiting and eliminating the development and reproduction of pathogens.

Anti-inflammatory: Aloe Vera contains bradykinin enzyme that helps to improve a variety of inflammations, such as dermatitis, chronic nephritis, cystitis and bronchitis.

Strengthens gastrointestinal health: Aloe Vera is a very popular remedy for maintaining gastrointestinal health and relieving constipation. This is because aloin can increase large intestinal fluid secretion, increase lipase activity, while helping to normalize autonomic dysfunction in thr gastrointestinal tract. As a result, this will not lead to side effects or drug dependence.

Strengthens heart and promotes blood circulation: Aloe Vera contain calcium isocitrate that can strengthens the heart, softens hardening of arteries and expands capillaries, to promote blood circulation and reduce the burden on the heart; thus helps to maintain normal blood pressure.

Regeneration: Aloe Vera can promote healing of wounds, as it is anti-inflammatory; endothermic and can relieve swelling, soften the skin, while maintaining cell viability.

Immunize: Aloe Vera contains polysaccharides that can enhance the body's immunity against disease, while enhancing the immune function.

Anti-aging: Mucin of Aloe Vera mainly contains polysaccharide, and mucinous polysaccharide is an important component in prevention of aging cell. Mucin is found in human muscle and gastrointestinal mucosa, so that tissue in full of elasticity. Lack of fluid, muscles and mucous membranes will lose their elasticity and become stiff and old. Lack of mucin, cells will gradually become weak and lose their resistance against bacteria and viruses.


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      andrell 6 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      Thanks Rachelle. I feel great when people appreciate the hub that I created. It inspires me to write more!

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Oh yes, Aloe Very has many healing and beautifying properties. Thanks for creating this informative hub.

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      andrell 6 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      Thanks for your compliment. You have great idea! Aloe Vera is low cost, easy to get, and it gives amazing benefits! There are hundred types of Aloe Vera, but you may consider Aloe Vera Barbadensis as your ingredient. It is the most commonly used Aloe Vera and potent medicinal properties.

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      jfay2011 6 years ago

      interesting article. My girls and I are going to practice making soaps and I might decide to use some aloe vera in some of them.