Aloe Vera treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Drinking pure Aloe Gel will help treat your IBS. Let me explain how it works.
These are some of the names given to Aloe Vera plant. Over the centuries it has been used for different medicinal reasons…
- ‘Burns Plant’
- ‘The Miracle Plant’
- ‘The Medicine Plant’
Aloe Vera has an amazing amount of nutrients and substances in the inner Gel of the plant. Here is a brief shortened list:
- A full range of Vitamins and amino acids
- Many of the required minerals the body requires
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substances
- Soapy substances (naturalcleansing agents)
- Lignins (which penetrate the outer layers of the skin)
These many nutients work together to give the inner leaf gel it’s main properties:
- It is naturally anti-fungal and anti bacterial
- It has natural anti-inflammatory properties
- It has natural pain killing properties
So where does it work?
For those of us with IBS this is the exciting part…
It has a great healing effect on all epithelial surfaces, which is any lining or surface in the body, like the skin and the bronchial tract. The largest of these of course is the lining of the gut, which is why it really seems to help IBS, it can also help colitis and chrones disease too. The other good news is that it can also bring relief from:
- bronchial problems such as asthma
- urinary tract infections such as recurring cystitus
- genital issues such as thrush
Drinking the gel helps irritable bowel syndrome by initially flushing out the debris for the first week or so, then helps the gut muscles and lining to function properly. Fungal infections (from candida albicans) are often a contributing factor to IBS and so the fact that Aloe Vera is anti fungal really helps kill off the fungal infection.
The Aloe plant is also a pre-biotic which means it creates a good environment for the growth of the good bacteria (pro-biotics) in the gut. Which is again another reason that drinking Aloe gel helps IBS.
Which type of Aloe should you take?
If you think that you would like to try Aloe Vera Gel this is a really important question as there are so many forms on the market. The ideal way to use the plant is to cut a leaf off a plant every morning, and gently slice it open length ways and take out the inner leaf gel and drink it.
However, this is just not practical for most of us, unless we live in a hot country where it grows naturally and you pick the outside leaves when they are 4 years old so they have maximum benefit!
If you do want to try aloe vera to help your IBS and are thinking of trying an aloe vera juice, rather than the Gel or taking a Aloe Vera tablet, I really suggest the first thing you do is read this article from the independent ‘Proof magazine’. Even though it was written in 2002 all it’s facts are really relevant, so please take a read before you consider buying any Aloe to help your IBS or you could make it worse! When you buy aloe you really need to know what you are buying, as it is processed in many different ways. To find out more about the process used to manufacture Aloe Vera and what you are buying click here.
Once you have read the article or alternatively, you can take a look at the purest Aloe Vera Gel on the market which is Forever Living Aloe Vera Drinking Gel, at their online store HERE.
Resources and recommended reading:
Dr Peter Atherton “Aloe Vera The Medicine Plant”
Alisdair Bardcroft “Aloe Vera Nature’s Silent Healer’
Max B. Skousen “Aloe Vera Handbook”