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The Wand from Heaven-Aloe Vera
The magical and much talked about plant that has always been a norm in rural medicine is Aloe Vera. Aloe vera is often referred to as the Wand from heaven. Aloe vera looks like a cactus and is mistaken to be one, but it belongs to the onion, lily and asparagus family. It is a semi-tropical plant with around 300 different species that are found around the globe. Only four of the three hundred are the edible variety fit for human consumption. Of these four edible varieties, the most therapeutically potent variety is identified as Barbadensis Miller. The gel like sap of this aloe vera variety has invaluable medicinal value. Aloe vera juice has a pH value of 4.55, very similar to that of the human body. Its juice is easily assimilated in the digestive system when it is administered orally. Unbelievably, the plant is a known cure to a wide spectrum of diseases from topical skin disorders to respiratory and digestive disorders as well as terminal ailments, such as cancer. Research on its therapeutic efficacy reveals that aloe vera works on two important metabolic processes- the immune system of the body and on the epithelial tissue.
It has cell regeneration properties that assist fast generation of healthy cells thus expediting healing. It has anti-oxidants that stop undesirable oxidation reactions and scavenge free radicals. Thus unstable and toxic products produced in the body are removed, preventing proliferation of ailments like cancer, ulcers asthma and varicose veins. It increases energy levels due to the fast process of toxin elimination. It boosts the immune system of the body.
Barbadensis Miller the strain of aloe vera that has maximum therapeutic efficacy. It is rich in essential vitamins, anthraquinones, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, lignins, saponin, salicylic acid and sterols. Aloe vera evolves to be nature's best wide spectrum cure as it has all the essential requiements for an ideal diet in addition to detoxifying properties. It is reccomended for both internal ingestion as well as external application. Once a three month dedicated regime on an aloe vera diet is resumed, it is capable of alleviating almost all major ailments. Undeniably, a sprig of aloe vera is indeed a wand of magic from heaven!