Aloe Vera which is a cactus-like plant whose name means “shining bitter substance,” is widely regarded as a master healing plant. The plant which can even be grown in vase has a lot of Ayurvedic herbal power. In recent decades medical research has confirmed that Aloe Vera is a truly amazing plant with an incredible array of medicinal healing properties.
Aloe Vera has different uses. It is applied to wounds; aloe gel is a mild anesthetic, relieving itching, swelling, and pain. It is also antibacterial and anti fungal, increases blood flow to wounded areas and stimulates fibroblasts, the skin cells responsible for wound healing. It also helps relieve burns and psoriasis. It is effective for treating inflammatory bowel disease, detoxifying the bowel, neutralizing stomach acidity, relieving constipation and healing gastric ulcers. It has also been shown to reduce blood sugar in diabetics.
Aloe can help prevent arthritis and reduce the inflammation in joints already affected by arthritis. It can also inhibit the autoimmune reaction associated with certain forms of arthritis, in which the body attacks its own tissues.
Aloe could also provide nutritional support for HIV patients as it has properties which reduce occurrences of opportunistic infections, thrush, fatigue and diarrhea. Research indicates that aloe helps stimulates the body’s immune system, particularly the T4 helper cells – white blood cells that activate the immune response to infection. An extract of mannose, one of the sugars in aloe, has been shown to inhibit HIV-1 (the virus associated with AIDS).
Aloe has been found to significantly suppress the growth of cancer cells. It has been shown to help turn on the immune system by activating macrophages (white blood cells which “swallow” antigens), causing the release of immune-activating (and anticancer) substances such as interferon, interleukins, and tumor necrosis factor. In addition, aloe seems to also promote the growth of normal (non-cancerous) cells.
It is obvious that most Ayurvedic medicines have the Aloe Vera included in ingredient, not only that beauty products also use Aloe Vera as a major portion of ingredients. So Aloe Vera is really one of the best Herbs in Ayurveda.