Aloe vera is one of the oldest known medicinal plants and is revered as a healing plant across the globe. It developed in the Cape Verde islands off the coast of West Africa. Aloe vera was first referenced in the Egyptian “Papyrus Ebers” around 1550 B.C. for its medicinal and embalming properties, and it was allegedly used to embalm Christ’s corpse.
Around 2,000 years ago, both the Greek historian Dioscorides and the Roman scientist Pliny advocated aloe vera as an efficient medicine for constipation, burns, wounds, bruises, skin irritations, renal difficulties, and other ailments.
It is mentioned in several texts from all around the globe and throughout history. Hindus refer to it as the “silent healer,” Chinese refer to it as the “harmony cure,” and even Christopher Columbus acknowledged its significance.
Below the outer surface of aloe vera plants is a bitter yellow latex. This latex includes barbaloin, an anthraquinone that is activated by the intestinal flora and serves as a laxative. It may produce uncontrolled bowel spasms in its raw form. Aloe vera juice is often derived from the whole plant and is used to treat persistent constipation. The juice should not be consumed on a daily basis since it depletes the body’s electrolytes and might cause muscular weakness.
American scientists discovered a means to extract the gel from the leaf and stabilize it in the 1970s. The gel, the plant’s inner mucilaginous portion, is sterile, contains the majority of the plant’s nutrients, and is the most often employed in the treatment of numerous ailments. So far, 200 nutrients have been discovered in the leaf gel, including 8 essential amino acids, 12 non-essential amino acids, 12 anthraquinones, 10 enzymes, and other minerals and vitamins.
In holistic medicine, the list of disorders for which aloe vera is used is much greater than the list of nutrients. It has been used effectively to treat burns, wounds, stomach ulcers, and as a therapy for diabetes and diabetic wounds. Glucomannan, a polysaccharide found in aloe vera, acts as an anti-inflammatory. Aloctin A, on the other hand, possesses immune-stimulating and anti-tumor capabilities. Antiviral properties have been shown in other sections.
Aloe vera includes salicylic acid, which is the major component of aspirin, among other therapeutic compounds. Aloe’s salicylic acid and magnesium are considered to act synergistically to provide analgesic relief from burns. It was first used to treat third-degree x-ray burns in 1935, and it is now utilized to treat atomic radiation burns in contemporary medicine. When applied to wounds, the gel not only relieves pain and infection, but it also promotes cell regeneration, resulting in the creation of new tissue and skin. Scarring may be dramatically lessened by utilizing aloe vera.
Aloe vera gel boosts the immune system by balancing the pH of the blood and increasing digestion and absorption. It helps to control the function of the liver when taken on a regular basis over a period of many months.
Aloe vera is used by people other than holistic medicine practitioners. Dr. Reg McDanial claimed that while treating HIV-infected individuals, “it seems that acemannon neutralizes the [AIDS] virus by altering its protein envelope, preventing it from attaching itself to the T4 cells.” Since the early 1970s, Dr. Robert H. Davis, a physiologist at the University of Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, has been researching aloe vera. Animal laboratory investigations show that aloe vera may prevent and stop arthritis, enhance wound healing, suppress pain, block inflammation, restore bone formation, and function as a medium for nutritional transfer to the body. “Aloe vera has the largest amount of active compounds of any plant I’ve looked at,” Dr. Davis said.
Plants cultivated outdoors in direct sunlight have more nutrients than aloe vera planted inside. However, it grows quite quickly indoors and, while having less nutritional strength, may be of vital assistance in many circumstances.
Jeremy is a female blue and gold macaw that is 19 years old. The narrative starts when we saw she was eating and drinking excessively, had a completely liquid stool, and was losing weight at an alarming rate. My initial visit to the veterinarian revealed that she was hypothyroid. To me, she looked to be everything but hypocritical. Her glucose level was 1080 and her weight was 820 grams. However, the doctor said that a high glucose level is common when a bird is agitated by events such as a trip to the clinic. We got her to Dr. Barno at Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital after a five-month journey in which I stabilized her a bit. Jeremy’s glucose level had dropped by 200 points, and her weight had increased by 100 grams, but she was still quite feeble. Dr. Barno advised taking two insulin injections every day. I declined because of the stress for Jeremy of having an injection twice a day and knowing the harm insulin does the body.
Throughout this period, I was reading all I could discover on diabetes. One of the most crucial things was a high-fiber diet, and I kept coming across aloe vera.
I gradually devised the following recipe for her:
- 2 oz. freshly chopped fresh organic veggies
- 1 teaspoon powdered psyllium husk
- 12 teaspoon powdered slippery elm bark
- 1 tbsp. organic peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
Her glucose level lowered, she gained weight, and she is generally steady as long as she eats this diet. She is still diabetic (blood sugar level 350/400), and her feathers are becoming green, but her former spirit and power have returned.
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