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      23.03.2013 11:37
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      Natural healer that also relives itchiness

      When I was on holiday last year I developed an itchy rash and I bought some aloe vera gel from a health shop as the assistant recommended it for itchiness.

      Aloe Pura make a range of products using aloe vera as the main ingredients.
      They use high quality organically grown aloe vera and do not test on animals , use parabens, foaming detergents, artificial perfumes additives or colours in their products.

      The gel comes in a no nonsense plastic tube and is 99.9% aloe vera.

      Aloe vera comes from a plant that looks like a cactus , but is actualy part of the lily family.
      Aloe vera is known for its healing, soothing and moisturising properties and is known as the first aid plant.

      This is a transparent thick gel with no discernible fragrance.
      Simply apply where needed and smooth over the skin. I used this on a rash so I simply let it dry rather than rub it into my skin.
      On contact it feels really cool and wet and it absorbs quickly into the skin.
      I noticed a difference as soon as I applied this and I felt it was soothing and calming down my skin. Most importantly it stopped the itching and the soreness.
      It didn't sting or irritate on contact and the soothing calming feeling lasted overnight and I was itch free. The next day the reness had subsided and the rash did not feel or look as irritated. I continued applying the gel and the rash disappeared in a matter of days, which was a relief .

      I don't really feel the gel moisturises my skin which is very dry but it works wonders on calming irritated skin. I have used this on cuts and sores and find it helps heal them without stinging or leaving a lingering antiseptic smell. I have very sensitive easily irritated skin and find this a gentle natural healing product.

      It isn't sticky, does not stain your clothes and once applied your skin still feels like skin, but very comforted skin.

      I am very impressed with this gel and I wouldn't be without it and seem to find a use for it constantly. My husband is always cutting or injuring himself and uses savlon constantly. When were out of salon I applied this to a nasty cut on his head and he found it instantly relieved the soreness. I don't think I have converted him though as he thinks if it doesn't sting or smell of antiseptic it won't heal, but I will keep working on him. Obviously you should seek medical attention of you do have a nasty cut or a sore that does not heal. I used this as it was late at night and we had no other antiseptic - well we did but our search of the first aid box only came up with creams we bought in the last century!

      I paid about £4 for a 200ml tube from a health shop on holiday.
      There are cheaper versions around, but some do not have the same concentration of aloe vera, so watch out for that as they are not very effective. I stick with this brand and I got some from Holland and Barrett and a local pharmacy. Also available online from Amazon and Feel Unique.

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        12.07.2012 10:41
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        A very useful natural plant product that can ease itching and help healing remarkably well.

        Aloe Gel
        I've used many products in the past containing Aloe vera, and I've taken Aloe Vera liquid although I do not do so any more, but it is only over the last year or two that I've been using Aloe in another one of its purest forms - the gel.

        My husband calls Aloe Gel 'wonder gel' because of its many different uses, and will often say 'stick some wonder gel on it' if there's a sore place or an itch or something else that he doesn't know a cure/remedy for - and I have to say it certainly does have a lot of different things it can be useful for.

        What is Aloe Vera Gel?
        This is a gel made from the insides of the leaves of the Aloe Vera Plant which is a short stemmed succulent plant growing around 24-40inches high. The leaves on this are very thick and fleshy and are a sort of grey green colour. In its original traditional form, a leaf was picked, cut in half and the open inside of the leaf was used to wipe onto the skin to relieve whatever the problem was.

        Aloe Vera's Past
        Earliest records of its use are from the mid first century, and it is known to have been widely used within traditional medicine across the world including China, Japan, Russia, South Africa, The United States of America, Latin America, Jamaica and India.

        Modern Uses
        Today Aloe Vera can be found in many products from moisturiser to soaps, sunscreens and shampoos. It's used in food products as a gelling agent, and added to tissue to give it a lovely soft feel on the skin. It is even thought that in the future biofuel may be obtained from its seeds.

        Uses In My home
        I first bought Aloe Vera Gel after reading on the internet about its healing properties and how it could be used to help heal soreness around the bottom area. I know many of you will think this is too much information but anyone who suffers with IBS or other bowel issues may well be glad of the knowledge so I'm sharing it here. I can report now that it definitely does work well - in fact much better than anything I've been prescribed or bought in the past from the chemist for this purpose - and of course, it's all natural too.

        Since then, I've gone on to use Aloe Vera Gel for many other things - from helping with eczema and dry skin patches to bug bits, unknown itchy spots and rashes, and more and when applied to these things it helps alleviate the itching very fast indeed.

        It's great for dealing with sunburn and helps cool the area instantly, and works very well to help you stop the skin from peeling which is something that happens to me if I even look at the sun generally (I'm a pale and pasty thing who wears long sleeves and a sun hat factor 50 cream and still burns!)

        Actually Aloe Vera can also be used on other sorts of burns too, and I found it very useful a few weeks back when I caught the inside of my wrist against a hot casserole dish. When using it this way however, one should still place the burned area in cold water or run it under a cold tap for about 20 minutes first but after that, an application or three of Aloe Vera Gel is very soothing and helps to prevent blistering and ease the pain and heat from the burn.

        Although my everyday moisturiser that I use contains Aloe Vera, I sometimes use this pure gel on my skin around my nose and forehead before bed when my skin is particularly flaky as it really helps soothe and lessen the flakiness and I do also sometimes use it on my cheeks to reduce redness as well. It has quite a nice softening effect on the skin as well as helping to reduce the redness.

        Cost & Procurement
        This can be bought in many stores around the country and online, but mine came from Holland & Barrett and cost just under £5 for 200ml. Although this sounds like quite an expense for a small amount, it actually goes quite a long way as I've found that you rarely need much at a time, and so it lasts a good while in our house.

        Why I like this so much
        Because this is 99.9% pure aloe vera it is very natural. It contains no parabens, no sodium lauryl slulfate and no other nasties that worry me to put on my skin.

        Although it feels a little sticky when you're first rubbing it into an area, it leaves no nasty residue and it doesn't smell nasty either - in fact I don't think it smells much at all. It's also clear so there's no worry of it staining clothing either.

        Overall, although I wouldn't call it a wonder gel, I am pretty enamoured of this clever natural gel and do like to keep it in my home for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to lessen their use of chemicals as a staple item for their cupboard as it does serve many purposes.

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        30.10.2010 19:28
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        This gel contains fundamental elements that are not only cosmetically useful but medicinal too!

        ~TERMS USED IN THIS REVIEW~

        M.B.Ch.B.} These are the two first professional degrees awarded when graduating from medical school in surgery and medicine in the United Kingdom but also in countries that follow the established practice of the UK
        D.Obst.} Refers to the Diploma in Obstetrics Royal College of Gynaecology.

        R.C.O.G.} These letters stand for the Royal College of Gynaecology.

        M.R.C.G.P.} This title stands for a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

        EPITHELIUM (epithelial): Is defined as "The thin, membranous tissue that lines most of the internal and external surfaces of an animal's body. Epithelium is composed of one or more layers of densely packed cells. In vertebrates, it lines the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), the surface of most body cavities, and the lumen of fluid-filled organs, such as the gut or intestine". {The American Heritage® Science Dictionary

        POLYSACCHARIDE: Defined as "Any of a class of carbohydrates that are made of long chains of simple carbohydrates (called monosaccharides). Starch and cellulose are polysaccharides". {The American Heritage® Science Dictionary

        MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS : "Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes long-term tiredness (fatigue) that affects everyday life. It does not go away with sleep or rest. CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. Myalgia means muscle pain and encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Both terms are commonly used" {http://www.nhs.uk/aboutNHSChoices/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

        ~*~ Mahatma Gandhi ~*~
        You ask me what were the secret forces which sustained me during my long fasts. Well, it was my unshakeable faith in God, my simple and frugal life style, and the aloe, whose benefits I discovered upon my arrival in South Africa at the end of the 19th century! {Mahatma Gandhi In a letter to his biographer Romaine Rolland.

        ~*~ HOW ALOE VERA GEL WORKS ~*~

        The polysaccharides act at restoring moisture to the skin. Then the aloe is taken into the skin by absorption, stimulating the fibroblasts, cells that contribute to the construction of connective tissue fibers, to replicate themselves more quickly. It is these very cells that generate the collagen and elastin fibres, whereby the skin changes in being more elastic and reduction in wrinkles occur.

        Moreover, Aloe affects the surface of the skin, making it smoother, due to its cohesion effect on the surface flaking epidermal cells by sticking them together. In fact, it has the quality to hampering the action of the enzyme that yields melanin deposits in the skin, consequently inhibiting the formation of what is commonly known as 'liver spots'. These are simply changes in skin colour that are generally brought on by aging, or can occur due to exposure to the sun and also other forms of ultraviolet light, nothing actually to do with the liver! When Aloe Vera is applied frequently and consistently, it will in many cases cause established liver spots to disappear altogether.

        ~*~ ALOE VERA ~ THE PLANT ~*~

        This globally used over the centuries plant is a luscious Liliaciae sub species aloinae and a member of the lily and onion family. There is in fact, more than three hundred varieties but with only a few that has curative abilities, the most potent being the Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller specie.

        ~The components of Aloe Vera contain the following groups~

        > Amino Acids: Our bodies need 22 amino acids; Aloe provides 20 of these! In fact, it provides 7 of the 8 essential amino acids in which the body is unable to synthesize.
        > Anthraquinones: There are twelve of the Phenolic compounds, the significant ones being Aloin and Emodin.
        > Enzymes: Several different types such as Bradykinase and Lipases.
        > Lignin: its effect assist the other ingredients to be absorbed into the skin.
        > Fatty Acids: The four steroids, b. Sisosterol, Cholesterol, Campesterol, and Lupeol are anti-inflammatory agents.
        > Minerals: Sodium Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Chromium, Manganese, Magnesium, Zinc, and the anti-oxidant Selenium.
        > Sugars: These are known as mucopolysaccharides.
        > Salicylic acid: Which possess anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
        > Saponins: Having antiseptic properties, they act powerfully as anti-microbials against bacteria, yeasts, viruses and fungi.
        > Vitamins: A, C, E and a trace of vitamin B12.

        Aloe grows to a height of between 12 to 16 inches, producing long seemless leaves. These light green leaves have spike like edges and with a smearing of cream. The sturdy upright stems generally have many bell-shaped orangey and yellow flowers.

        To cultivate these plants, they require a rough and gritty growing soil that needs to be well-drained and in a sunny location. Remembering that the plant originated in hot countries, Aloe needs temperatures around or above 40 degrees.

        ~*~ ALOE VERA/TRUE ALOE {GEL FORM} MY USES!~*~

        ~BURNS~

        Aloe contains many enzymes, but it is the one named Bradykinase, which assist the reduction of excessive inflammation when applied to the skin locally, thus reducing pain and discomfort. Other enzymes help to dissimilate dead tissues in wounds. The Aloe plant also contains anthraquinones, in which there are twelve of these Phenolic compounds found in the plant's sap. Although these elements encompass extraordinary healing properties, it is the Aloin and Emodin, in which I am concerned with regarding burns as they act as painkillers and anti-bacterials.

        Often due to my lack of concentration in the kitchen, it is not unusual for me to suffer burns. Although minor, nonetheless painful! I keep the Aloe gel in the kitchen utensil drawer for quick usage needs. Recently, I was getting a hot oven tray out of the stove, catching my wrist on the roof of the cooking compartment. As everyone knows, the immediate pain renders the casualty pretty helpless. I immediately reached for the clear, jelly consistency gel, applying over the wound but also the surrounding areas whereby the inflammation will incorporate. This furnished me with instant relief. Lignin is a very important constituent of the plant as its penetrative effect assist the other ingredients of the organism being absorbed into the skin, enhancing the recovery period.

        Depending on the area of the wound and the heat resulting from this, re-application may need to be considered. As the leaf shaped wound was around 2inches long and generating much heat, it tended to liquefy the gel. Therefore, I liberally reapplied the gel. The gel smothered and penetrated the lacerated wound preventing blistering. Within moments I received amazing relief from the pain. Due to the immediate administering of the thick gel, inflammation was at a minimum and smarting throbbing distressing soreness was relieved. In fact, within 3 to 4 minutes, I was continuing to serve the meal.

        Since the gel contains certain anti-bacterials, I am comforted by the fact that, as long as I do my part in keeping the would clean, the gel will equally assist the healing process by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Whenever I apply Aloe gel immediately to a burn, ensuring the would is covered with reapplications if neccassary, I never am left with scarred tissue!

        ~CLEANSER~

        I like to utilize the gel as a cleanser. Another of this floras elements contains saponins. These are soapy substances that are capable of cleansing. I usually integrate the gel in my clarifying routine when I suffer from acne...even at my age! Because of the saponin's antiseptic properties, these act as powerful anti-microbials against bacteria, thereby clearing an outbreak of spots, personally for me, within two to three days.

        Furthermore, due to these very components of saponins, albeit the gel is not anywhere close to lathery as general cleansers, the product acts as a purposeful aid in cleaning the body and subsequently acting as a high functioning deodorant against perspiration odours. I always feel fresh and clean after cleasing with this product.

        ~MOISTURISER~

        The Aloe plant's components include sugars that are derived from the mucilage, a gelatinous substance, in the layer of the plant that surrounds the inner gel. Although some of the sugars improve the immune system and also help to detoxify, including others that form a barrier preventing absorption of unwanted material, I will concentrate on those sugars that act as a moisturizer for the surface of the skin as in the form of a gel, as this is the purpose I adopt the gel for.

        I generally administer the gel before retiring to bed. This is because the gel, when utilized as a moisturizer, does feel tacky on the skin for a brief time. The gel dries to form a kind of transparent mask that feels dissimilar from most cosmetic creams used for this purpose. I prefer to employ this particular substance on account of its scientifically proven therapeutic effects. Upon awakening the next morning, I wash my face using a clean soft flannel with warm water. My skin is left feeling very soft and smooth. In addition to this, my face feels invigorated and cleansed from environmental contaminates. The pores feel open and exposed, ready for the application of my daily moisturizer. This natural gel is tremendous at stimulating the skin in feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

        ~ARTHRITIS~

        The Aloe's steroids constituents of Cholesterol, Campesterol, b. Sisosterol and Lupeol, are fundamental anti-inflammatory agents. I suffer from osteoarthritis in my joints. I apply the gel extensively as an effective preparation when, in particular, my knee joints become inflamed and painful.

        I resorted to this natural remedy as I was becoming more concerned over the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen that I was taking when the condition worsened. Being aware that such NSAIDs can cause stomach ulcers and bleeding helped me to make a personal decision to try Aloe as a safer alternative.

        Even although Aloe can be taken orally for such conditions, up until this time, I still use it as a superficial skin compound. When implemented, the gel feels cool and soothing. I massage the painful inflamed area very gently until I experience much relief. It takes a few hours for the inflammation to lessen but it works well.

        ~ABRASIONS~

        Whenever my grand-children succumb to minor cuts, scratches or similar abrasions, I treat the wounds with Aloe gel. This has a calming effect on the children as it alleviates the initial discomfort, placating the child as it is soothing and gentle on the wound. But recognizing this remedial gel acts as an anti-bacterial and quick healing remedy, reassures me! I do generally need to reapply due to little fingers wanting to spread the curious jelly- like textured gel.

        ~ITCH~

        I like to use the Aloe gel for insect bites, heat rash, in fact the majority of itchy rash type onsets. Despite the gel providing shorter term relief, it is enough to deal with most minor itch complaints. The salve mollifies the outbreak, giving it time to cool and calm in its intensity. Re-application supports a longer relief time being experienced.

        ~SUNBURN~

        I have made a concerted effort to exercise more wisdom concerning sun exposure! Therefore, this year I didn't suffer sun burn but my married daughter did. I administered the gel liberally and then placed an unused clean gauze over the section affected, my daughter's shoulders, to shield the burn, but also to prevent the gel from being rubbed off the area. My daughter obtained instant relief. She explained how cool the gel felt but this soon wore off due to the heat emanating from the burn. But consistent reapplications throughout the duration of the day brought added relief. The burn healed very quickly and without scaring or pealing symptoms. But I will say, by experience, that as the burn heals, loose white skin does occur if regular applications of the gel are not carried out over the duration of a week.

        ~COLD SORES~

        Occasionally I suffer from cold sores. In fact, recently, due to being especially run down through a demanding schedule with some sleep deprivation, I suffered three cold sores at once. This is the first time ever that I have suffered more than one. Applying the gel with its active ingredients, minimum three times daily, increased the healing rate. I normally purchase cold sore ointments but they are so expensive that I decided to give Aloe a go on these unsightly and uncomfortable blisters.

        Admittedly, the treatment took longer to work and didn't feel much different than recognized brands for this complaint. But it did work and at a much more affordable price. Of course, being aware that the ingredients to this medication made it all the more agreeable!
        There is evidence that applying aloe extract 0.5% cream 3 times daily increases healing rates compared to the aloe gel or a cream without active ingredients.

        ~GENERAL WOUNDS~

        Aloe seems to be able to speed wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a wound. It also appears that aloe gel has properties that are harmful to certain types of bacteria and fungi. The pain relieving action of the analgesics in the plant's salicylic acid, magnesium and lupeol, are effective in diminishing a pain as a consequence of the injury sustained.

        During last month, I managed to tear a toe nail that caught in the bed linen during my sleep. I awoke due to the searing pain as the nail had been torn of half way down the toe, exposing a deep wound. The gel was quickly applied, very liberally! Because Aloe includes six antiseptic agents as of sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol, including the pain reducing fatty acids, that aggregate to provide antimicrobial activity and therefore eliminate many external (and internal) infections, I was reassured that the wound would heal fast. Within a matter of days, a layer of skin had closed over and it was painless to wear shoes. No infection occured.

        ~CHILLBLAIN~

        My eldest daughter suffers terribly from this awfully painful condition during the winter months. These little red bumps have taken up to two weeks to heal without using the Aloe therapy. And as the tissues begin to heal, my daughter finds them to be extremely itchy.

        But the active chemicals in Aloe gel increase the circulation in the small blood vessels in the skin, aiding quick recovery. The gel's consistency, texture and cooling properties afford the speedy relief needed to avoid the dreadful discomfort the symptoms bring. I apply the gel to cover all effected areas to ensure speedy recovery along with itch relief.

        ~VARICOSE VEINS~

        There are times that I feel my legs look like a map of the London underground tube stations! When I have been standing doing chores like ironing, my varicose veins become particularly uncomfortable and swollen. At these times, I ensure a rest period whereby I place my feet on a stool and carefully massage Aloe onto the veins and surrounding areas, helping to improve the circulation. The cooling and soothing gel with its fatty acids of anti-inflammatory steroids, Cholesterol, Campesterol, b. Sisosterol and Lupeol, act in bringing down the swelling and therefore the painful tenderness. I find that within the hour, the inflammation has been significantly reduced and the discomfort has receded, combined with rest and raising the legs to take pressure off the veins act as complimentary therapy.

        ~LIVER SPOTS~

        Aloe, as seen from the above uses, affects the surface of the skin, making it smoother, and this being due to its cohesion effect on the surface flaking of the epidermal cells by sticking them together. In fact, it has the quality to hampering the action of the enzyme that yields melanin deposits in the skin, consequently inhibiting the formation of what is commonly known as 'liver spots'. These are simply changes in skin colour that are generally brought on by aging, or can occur due to exposure to the sun and also other forms of ultraviolet light, nothing actually to do with the liver! When Aloe Vera is applied frequently and consistently, it will in many cases cause established liver spots to disappear altogether.

        Although I do use it as a hand cream on occasions, I have yet to see a noticeable effect, but this is more likely due to the fact that I do not use the gel often enough as a hand moisturizer. Nevertheless, when I do apply a small quantity and massage it into the skin, it feels beautiful, leaving my hands feeling very smooth and supple.

        ~*~ CONTRAINDICATIONS ~*~

        Clinicians advise not to use external aloe preparations if you are allergic to aloe and/or plants in the Liliaceae family.

        > Warnings include not taking aloe internally if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or menstruating.

        > Cautions advice in avoiding giving internal preparations of aloe to children.

        > One is to avoid aloe if suffering has kidney disease or heart disease.
        As these aloe products contain aloe-cemodin, which acts as a powerful laxative, it should always be used with great caution.

        > If suffering from Diabetes, taking orally, blood sugars should be monitored closely.

        > If any of the intestinal conditions such as obstruction, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, aloe latex should not be taken. Additionally, aloe latex must be avoided if suffering from hemorrhoids and/or one must stop taking aloe at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

        ~INTERACTIONS WITH MEDICINES ~

        > DIGOXIN (Lanoxin): When taken orally, aloe latex is a type of laxative known as a stimulant laxative. Such stimulant laxatives can reduce potassium levels in the body. And low potassium levels can then increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).

        > STIMULANT LAXATIVES: Taking aloe latex while taking with other stimulant laxatives can speed up the bowels too much thus causing dehydration and also low minerals in the body.

        > ANTI-DIABETES medications for diabetes: Because aloe gel may decrease blood sugar and diabetic medications are also used to lower blood sugars, combining these two, might cause blood sugars to go too low. Therefore, blood sugars, as noted above, need to be monitored closely.

        > ORAL MEDICATIONS: When taken by mouth, aloe latex is a laxative, and laxatives can lessen how much medicine the body absorbs. Hence, taking aloe latex along with other oral medications may decrease the effectiveness of these medications.

        > SEVOFLURANE (Ultane): Sevoflurane is used as an anesthesia during surgical operations, and decreases clotting of the blood. Taking aloe before a surgical procedure might cause increased bleeding, so aloe should not be taken orally if one is having surgery within two weeks.

        > WARFARIN (Coumadin): Taken orally, aloe latex, as a stimulant laxative causes diarrhea in some people. In turn, diarrhea may increase the effects of warfarin, a blood thinner, and add to this by increasing the risk of bleeding. If taking warfarin, excessive amounts of aloe latex need to be avoided.

        > WATER PILLS (Diuretic drugs): Again, orally, aloe latex is a laxative; some can decrease potassium in the body. Diuretics can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking both of these compounds might decrease the potassium in the body too much.

        > HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS: Some herbs and supplements that can lower the body's blood sugars, of which aloe can do likewise.

        > HERBS THAT CONTAIN CARDIAC GLYCOSIDES: As in the case of aloe combined with diuretics, if aloe is taken alongside herbs that contain cardiac glycosides that affect the electrical system of the heart, this can be a definite problem for the heart.

        > HORSETAIL/LICORICE RHIZOME: When either of these is used along with aloe, it increases the risk of lowering potassium levels too much.

        > STIMULANT LAXATIVE HERBS: Taking aloe along with other stimulant laxative herbs can increase the risk of lowering potassium levels too much.

        *PLEASE NOTE, THIS LIST IS BY NO MEANS ALL INCLUSIVE!*
        > AS A PRECAUTION: In my opinion, I always consult my general practitioner on any matters relating to health. Therefore, before using anything, even constituents deemed as 'natural', I refer to my doctor as the first port of call.

        ~*~ Organic Aloe Vera Gel 200ml ~*~

        Purchased for £4.99 at Holland & Barrett. Please note that many on-line and high street retail outlets often have offers on these products.

        > This gel has 99.9% bioactive aloe vera and made from 100% pure aloe vera inner gel.
        > There are no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) that are commonly used in many soaps and shampoos etc., These esters of Sulphuric acid have been known to, in some cases, cause extreme irritation.
        > Additionally, the gel contains no Parabens, which are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid, that can allergic reactions or sensitivity.

        ~*~ RECOMMEND? ~*~

        Most certainly! The perfume free non-greasy Aloe gel is an excellent and rapid pain reliever, affording speedy healing without a scar. The versatile Aloe gel has numerous uses for the family.

        But balance in everything! The Aloe plant is by no means a panacea for all ills. Much clinical trials and studies are still in process to see just how affective and in which ways this amazing sturdy little plant is.

        ~*~ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION ~*~

        ~WOULD YOU LIKE A SECOND OPINION?~

        A Physician's view of Aloe Vera:

        Dr Peter Atherton M.B.Ch.B., D.Obst. R.C.O.G., M.R.C.G.P.

        Dr Peter Atherton is presently studying the medicinal effects of Aloe Vera as a research Fellow at Oxford University and has recently published a book entitled 'The Essential Aloe Vera'.

        Whilst practicing as a GP, the doctor admits to be a "strictly conventional physician" and having "no interest in any form of complementary or alternative medicine". But the doctor's ethics in this regard changed when he met "with a mother, whose son's eczema had totally cleared with an Aloe Vera and Bee Propolis cream". The GP recalls how "That meeting was to totally change my medical perspective and in fact to change my life" in that "he would be researching its medicinal uses full time" within three years of that meeting.

        THE EXPERIMENTS!

        Dr. Atherton began his research by "reading everything...about the plant's history". And like many pioneers of medicine in centuries past, the doctor began "experimenting with some Aloe products on" himself and his "family, and getting some remarkable results". Recalling his personal experiences of this treatment, the doctor comments, "When using it at home I saw the phenomenal effect it had as a first aid burn treatment". Then, the GP took his research to a more intrepid level when he "started drinking the gel daily and after about ten days noticed that chronic catarrh, a legacy of smoking for 20 years, had cleared up and more importantly...just generally felt much better". Furthermore, "Reassured by experience and...reading which confirmed Aloe Vera as a tried, tested, extremely safe and non toxic remedy" the GP "was prepared to try it out on some selected patients" in his practice.

        CASE STUDIES

        The criteria the GP set for his small pilot study were that the patients "either had a disorder of an epithelial tissue...or an immune problem" and "chose patients with chronic conditions that had not responded well to conventional therapy" and "was immensely impressed to find that" he had "achieved roughly a 70% success rate across the board. Given that" he "was dealing with some of my most difficult cases...was tremendously encouraged". Additionally "Two patients with chronically itchy skin (urticaria) settled down and several adult patients with acne rosacea where the facial skin is constantly red with pustule formation, also noticed a marked improvement with a reduction in their high colour by applying an Aloe Vera gel preparation twice a day. One particular elderly lady in her eighties who developed a traumatic ulcer on her skin was delighted to see it healing virtually on a daily basis over a few weeks, and once healed it was impossible to see where it had been as there was no scarring, a regular feature of Aloe Vera treatment".

        THE FINDINGS!

        Dr. Atherton's investigations "had shown that Aloe Vera seemed to work in two definite areas, firstly on damaged epithelial tissue and secondly on the immune system. Reflecting on the Epithelium as the body's largest organ, the doctor goes onto note, "It is not surprising, therefore, that Aloe Vera will speed up the healing of a burn or some damaged eczematous skin...heal a mouth ulcer...stomach ulcer or a problem of the bowel lining - all epithelial tissue". The physician continues, "Conditions which are caused by a disordered immune system such as asthma and some forms of arthritis also seem to benefit from Aloe Vera. Good results are even reported by sufferers from that ill understood condition Myalgic encephalo- myelitis or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome...in the U.S.,
        Carrington Laboratories have isolated one of the sugars from Aloe Vera, a long chain polysaccharide which is being trialed with AIDS patients. It has been shown in laboratory testing to be an immunomodulator, i.e. it can both enhance the immune response - very beneficial to AIDS sufferers whose response is very poor; but it would also seem to be able to slow down or retard the response where it is too much. A common example of such a response would be in hay fever, where there is an over-reaction to grass pollens. Carrington Laboratories' product "Carrisyn" is already licensed for the treatment of a viral illness in cats, a form of feline leukaemia. The continuing development of this drug for human use is very exciting". But, the doctor admits, "Unfortunately, in all cases where Aloe Vera suppresses symptoms they return after a few days if the drink is stopped, so taking Aloe Vera in no way results in a permanent cure. When looking at disorders of the immune system I selected some patients with arthritis, some with asthma and some with M.E. (Post Viral Syndrome). Only about 40-50% of the M.E. patients benefited from drinking the Aloe Vera, but I got a much better response from the arthritis and asthma sufferers. People with Arthritis, under the influence of Aloe Vera, were able to reduce the number of anti-inflammatory and pain killing tablets to a level where they ceased to get the usual side effects of abdominal pain and indigestion, whereas the asthmatics were able to cut down on their usage of inhalers, including the steroid inhalers. These effects were probably due to Aloe Vera's innate anti-inflammatory effect as well as its effect on the immune system".{ EXTRACTS TAKEN FROM Dr Peter Atherton's research paper, "Myth or Medicine".

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