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«… Aloe has two distinct medicinal properties.
The clear gel contained in the leaves has significant vulnerary properties for wounds and burns, accelerating healing and reducing the risk of infection.
The sap [or juice] that oozes out of the base of the leaves [and below the outer surface of the leaves] once dried, is known as a strong laxative …»[1].

«Aloe (Aloe vera) gel. Main activities: vulnerary, antiphlogistic [anti-inflammatory] and analgesic: emollient, demulcent, immunomodulatory. Therapeutic use: skin diseases. The gel can also be taken orally. …Thanks to its soothing and demulcent action, it is indicated in cases of irritable bowel and ulcerative colitis, stomatitis and mouth ulcers.
External use. The gel has vulnerary and healing properties, partially confirmed experimentally, with shielding and soothing effects. It is also recommended for Genital Herpes, … in sun erythema and burns ….
The gel is able to penetrate skin tissue, exert a local anaesthetic effect, act as an antipholigistic agent and improve local microcirculation
. It may also have a healthy action on tissue lesions caused by therapeutic radiation….
Additionally, its use is suggested as an antimicrobial and antimycotic agent and as an organic carrier. The gel is included in many cosmetic products as a moisturising component » [2].

«Aloe. The gel of the central part of the leaf. Action. Anti-inflammatory, healing, immunomodulatory, antiviral, antibacterial-antimycotic (moderate), antitumor (tbc) …

. It mainly contains polysaccharides and is used for various diseases, but mostly in skin diseases
It can have a tonic and antiulcer action on the gastrointestinal tract…. Supposedly, Aloe gel normalises secretions, pH, has a positive influence on the flora and stimulates the pancreas.

Aloe gel contains acemannan, which has a significant immunostimulant or anti-viral action.… Unfortunately, there are wide variations in the content of acemannan in the various products on the market. Acemannan is a polysaccharide located below the outer surface of the leaves, and this part is not used [ordinarily] in the preparation of the gel. In addition, some preparation processes employ enzymes that destroy Acemannan»[3].

[1] Andrew Chevallier, Enciclopedia delle piante medicinali, Idea Libri.
[2] Enrica Campanini, Dizionario di fitoterapia e piante medicinali, IIIª Edizione, Tecniche Nuove.
[3] Francesco Perugini Billi, Fitoterapia, Edizioni Junior.
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