Aloe Vera

Dr. Lee Ritter, N.D. on Aloe Vera
LEE RITTER, N.D. (DOCTOR OF NATUROPATHY)

Aloe vera juice has been used to treat successfully a multiplicity of human ailments for a least four thousand years. It contains over 200 ingredients, and seems to affect thousands of biomedical actions in the body. Many researchers have suggested Aloe vera is the most important treatment one could use to fight disease.

The Aloe vera plant contains at least six antiseptic agents: lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamic acid, phenol, and sulfur. All of these substances are recognized antiseptics, explaining why Aloe vera has the ability to eliminate many internal and external infections. Lupeol, salicylic acid, along with another ingredient magnesium are all highly effective analgesics, which explains why Aloe vera is an effective pain killer. Aloe vera contains at least three anti-inflammatory fatty acids (cholesterol, campesterol and B-sitosterol), explaining why Aloe vera is an effective treatment for burns, cuts, scrapes and abrasions, as well as for rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever and ulcers of all kinds, both internal and external. The presence of these fatty acids may explain why some experts feel Aloe is highly effective for many inflammatory conditions of the digestive system and other internal organs, including the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, kidney and pancreas. The presence of these fatty acids, especially B-sitosterol could explain how Aloe juice is a treatment effective for allergic reactions and acid indigestion, and why it helps, in association with a low fat diet, to lower harmful cholesterol levels.

If the synergistic relationship between the elements found in the plant does not explain why Aloe vera works, then nothing does. It is this synergistic relationship that explains why through the ages lay persons and physicians alike have proclaimed that Aloe vera has the ability to heal, alleviate, eliminate, or even cure, a monumental list of human diseases and disorders, and therefore truly deserves the name "medicine plant."

Hundreds of scientific papers describe the activities of Aloe vera, in proper strength, taken internally or applied externally. These include:

* Cleanses naturally

* Penetrates tissue

* Fungicidal

* Anti-inflammatory * Antipruritic (stops itching)

* Nutritional (provides vitamins, minerals)

* Dilates capillaries, opens circulation to area

* Breaks down and digests dead tissue and pus

* Enhances normal cell division, hastens healing

* Moisturizes tissues

* Antipyretic (reduces heat of sores)

* Bactericidal (acts as strong antibiotic

* Virucidal when in direct contact for long periods.

* Anesthetizes tissue, relieves pain associated with joints and sore muscles

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