History of cactus (Aleo vera)
- Aloe vera plant has been used since ancient times. The use of this plant by Egyptians dates back to 6000 years. She used both Cleopatra and Nefertiti to care daily for their beauty.
- Its anti-inflammatory and calming effect was documented in Papyrus Eber in 1550 BC.
- In Mesopotamia, they used aloe vera to cleanse the intestine.
- Alexander the Great used aloe vera plant to treat wounds for his warriors (356 – 323 BC).
- About 50 years ago BC, the Roman physician Dioscorides made a trip to the Middle East in search of a drug to treat diseases. He recommended the use of aloe vera juice to treat various physical disorders such as sunburn, gingivitis, wounds, arthritis, hair loss and other diseases.
- Aloe vera was also used in Chinese culture since the times of the Marco Polo campaigns, and was an important component in medical treatments, and played an important role in daily life. Aloe vera was also known as the royal plant in Japan, and juice was used as a elixir.
- Christopher Columbus used the aloe vera plant to heal wounds.
- The Mayan Indians adopted aloe vera juice as a fountain of youth, as it was used in Indian medicine for many treatments such as rejuvenation, menopause problems and the stability of the cardiovascular system.
- Aloe vera is a balance between beta, kava and fata. They also used diluted aloe juice on their skin to protect them from insects during their exhausting marches through the areas where there are swamps, as they used insect repellent on wood and other materials that can be destroyed by insects.
Introduction to aloe vera plant
It is a perennial green flowering evergreen plant that contains succulents, belonging to the Aloe barbadensis miller family. The origin of this plant originated in the southwestern Arabian Peninsula, but it also grows in the wild in the tropical, subtropical and dry regions of the world. This plant is used for agricultural, medical and decorative purposes, and it can be grown in a container at home. It is used in many purposes such as lotion for the skin and in cosmetics and ointments or as a gel for minor burns and sunburn.
- It contains vitamins A, C and E, as well as vitamin B12, folic acid and choline. These vitamins are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.
- Aloe vera contains 8 enzymes: alkaline phosphatase, amylin, bradicinase, carboxy peptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Prradicinase helps reduce excess inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while other enzymes help break down sugars and fats.
- Aloe vera contains many minerals such as calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. It is important for the action of different enzymes in different metabolic processes.
- Also, this plant provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomanan / polimanose). These sugars are derived from the gum layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. Acemannan is found, which is glucomannan. Recently, a glycoprotein with anti-allergic properties, called Alprogen and a new anti-inflammatory compound, Chrome C-glucosyl, has been isolated from aloe vera gel.
- Antraquinones: They provide 12 anthraquinones, which are phenol compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterial, and antivirals.
- The aloe vera plant also contains fatty acids, cholesterol, campesterol, β-cisestrol and lobiol. All of these acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, and the lobby also has antiseptic and analgesic properties.
- Aloe vera also contains the hormones of oxinate and gibberelin that help with wound healing and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- This plant also provides 20 out of 22 amino acids required by the human body and 7 out of 8 essential acids as well. It also contains salicylic acid that has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Lignin, when added to topical preparations, enhances the penetration process of other components in the skin. Saponins, which are soaps, make up about 3% of the gel and have cleansing properties.
- Because aloe vera contains soothing, moisturizing and cooling properties, it is often used to treat superficial burns and relieve pain, as well as reduce sunburn.
- Aloe vera juice may calm and treat stomach diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome. It may also help aloe vera inhibit the growth of H. pylori bacteria that are found in the digestive system and can lead to ulcers. (for adults only).
- Toothpaste containing aloe vera extract shows great improvements in oral health.
- Using fresh aloe vera on the face may help remove acne. Acne removal products containing aloe vera extract can also be purchased.
- Aloe vera cream can relieve anal fissures when applied to the affected area several times a day.
When should we not use aloe vera plant?
- Aloe vera plant is not used for burns or severe wounds.
- Do not use aloe vera if any allergies or adverse reactions are observed. Also, avoid eating aloe vera within two weeks of any surgery.
- Aloe vera should not be used by pregnant or lactating women or children under 12 years old by mouth.
- When using aloe vera gel or latex internally, you should not use it for a long time. You may take a week’s rest after using it for several weeks. The brand must be prestigious to ensure safety and quality.
- Because of the laxative effect of latex cactus, diarrhea and stomach cramps can occur, and thus can prevent the absorption of drugs or reduce their effectiveness.
- Also, do not take aloe vera internally if you have the following conditions:
- Hemorrhoids .
- Kidney disease.
- Kidney failure.
- Heart condition.
- Crohn’s disease.
- Ulcerative colitis.
- Intestinal obstruction.
Possible side effects of aloe vera include:
- Kidney problems.
- Blood in the urine.
- Low potassium.
- Muscle weakness.
- Nausea and stomach pain.
- Electrolyte imbalances.
Talk to your doctor before using aloe vera if you are also taking the following medicines, because aloe vera may interact with them:
- Herbs and nutritional supplements.
- Digoxin (Lanoxin).
- Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).
- Cefoflurane (Ultane).
- Anabolic Laxatives.
- Diabetes medications.