Aloe Vera – Myth or Medicine

Aloe Vera is considered as a medicinal herb that is a boon for every human being since thousands of years. It is known by different names like ‘the miracle plant’ or ‘nature’s gift’ by many of the physicians. This plant has been known and used for centuries for its beauty, health and skin care properties.

Alexander the Great used this medicinal plant for treating the wounds of his soldiers. Cleopatra used this herb as a moisturizer for the skin. Ayurveda considers aloe vera as Rasayan, Madhur, Shital, Viryavardhak, Vranropan etc. The name ‘Aloe Vera’ was derived from the Arabic word called ‘Alloeh’ which means ‘Shining bitter substance’.

This plant looks like a cactus and a member of the lily family. There are about more than 200 species of aloe vera plant and four of them are used as healing properties. The most common benefit of aloe vera is that it can be taken internally for its nutritional effect and are combined with many active ingredients which help in improving and nourishing the quality of the skin.

Aloe vera contains vitamins such as vitamins A, C, E and B12, minerals like potassium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron etc, amino acids, enzymes, saponins, salicylic acid, lignin etc.

Aloe vera does not contain any supernatural powers or is not enigmatic and many scientists have explained the numerous benefits of this herbal plant. Some of them are:-

  • It helps in reducing burning and itching.

  • It boosts the natural healing mechanism and immune system of the body.

  • It helps in controlling blood pressure and controlling diabetes.

  • It helps in normalizing the functions of kidneys or liver and also improves digestion.

  • It acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps in reducing swelling and pain.

  • It stimulates the healthy cell division.

  • It helps in the blood purification and detoxifies the body and the cells.

  • It helps in healing the wounds and breaking down the dead tissues.

  • It boosts the metabolism of the body to provide maximum energy.

  • It also treats menstrual problems and contains no adverse side effects.

Aloe vera also provides relief from minor cuts, sunburns, lip rashes, allergy rashes, dry chafed skin, fever blisters, acne and various other skin disorders. It is also helpful in the treatment of colon and stomach cancer, constipation, ulcers, eczema, asthma, kidney malfunctioning, acidity, indigestion, muscular and joint pain, diabetes, headaches and many more diseases.

It acts as a natural cleanser, moisturizer, toner and very useful for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Aloe vera is added in many cosmetic products and even in many medicines.

So, aloe vera is considered as a medicinal plant as it provides various benefits to the person as a medicine or herb and also used in the number of treatments.