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It was used to treat wounds suffered by soldiers in war and against particular digestive disorders. Among the Egyptians it was considered a symbol of immortality, so much so that it was planted around the pyramids and along the path that leads to the Valley of the Kings. Women, on the other hand, considered it an excellent remedy for beauty and skin care. Hippocrates speaks of it, perhaps the most famous physician of antiquity, Dioscorides, the author of the oldest treatise on pharmacology that has come down to us and it seems that the Phoenicians were among the main aloe traders. There is evidence of its use in Chinese, Indians and throughout the Near East. The knowledge of this plant has even something legendary: it is said, for example, that Alexander the Great conquered an island near the Horn of Africa only to take over the immense expanses of aloe that characterized that territory and thus be able to use the plant for effectively treat wounds of soldiers and horses. In the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance its virtues were known throughout Europe especially in those areas such as Italy, Spain, Greece where, for climatic reasons, the cultivation flourished in a luxuriant manner. The evolution of modern science has confirmed its beneficial properties, also thanks to experiments, research and studies that have demonstrated its effectiveness against particular disorders. Furthermore, interest in traditional remedies has returned in vogue, also due to the side effects that drugs often have on human health. That is, if scientific and technological evolution is leading medicine to take important steps for the treatment of numerous diseases, on the other it is leading scientists to rediscover the extraordinary virtues of nature, in the wake of what was put to good use by the ancients . Aloe juice, in particular, is a product with multiple health and therapeutic applications.
Product extraction and characteristics
Aloe juice is extracted directly from aloe leaves, a fleshy plant found in nature in many varieties, in particular from the most surface portion. In fact, along the cortical edges there are cells that contain it, while the remaining part of the leaf is used to obtain the gel, which has other properties. Once extracted, the yellowish-colored juice is condensed by heat, taking on shades ranging from yellow-green to red-black. It is important not to spend too much time between the cutting of the plant and the extraction process to avoid losing valuable healing properties. What is commonly known as juice is the diluted gel, while the juice itself is a mass used in small doses in treatment against constipation.
A powerful remedy for constipation
Among all the drugs existing in nature, aloe juice is undoubtedly the one whose laxative effect is absolutely more powerful, thanks to the presence of the so-called "aloines". In fact, a few milligrams are sufficient to produce a decisive effect on intestinal mobility, to the point that its massive and prolonged use presents numerous contraindications: it can in fact cause abdominal pains and cramps and induce a series of other disorders such as nausea and vomiting and is contraindicated in case of pregnancy and breastfeeding. It has also been used as a real purgative. On the market it is possible to find a variety of products containing aloe juice: it is important, as for all the proceeds of herbal medicine, to read the label well and to contact specialized personnel if you want more clarification.
Aloe juice: A "miracle" of nature
Analyzing in detail the specific properties of the aloe one gets the impression that one is in front of a real portent of nature. It is effective as a diet supplement during seasonal changes, as a balancer of the organism in post-operative inpatient conditions and in all those cases in which invasive drugs are used, as happens when you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment against cancer. In addition, aloe juice is effective in compensating for poor food absorption, hair loss, skin blemishes, mood swings, loss of sleep and concentration, all of which are sometimes also due to severe stress. By virtue of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties it is also a powerful remedy against arthritic problems and against a series of gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections such as colitis, gastritis, ulcers, cystitis, menstrual pain. Aloe juice is rich in substances useful to the body such as vitamins, iron, amino acids, folic acid and polysaccharides. In many cases aloe juice is used in the treatment of liver diseases, due to its detoxifying properties, and it also seems to be effective in the prevention of certain types of cancer and in the treatment of hemorrhoids. It has also been shown to have a soothing, emollient and healing effect.
From nature a precious aid for human well-being and health. Its effectiveness in countering a long series of problems and affections has been tested in the laboratory and is therefore a scientifically valid remedy, as indeed attested by the use made of it by the ancients. One last curiosity: its name apparently derives from the Arabic "alloeh" (near the Hebrew halei), to indicate a bitter and brilliant substance or from the Greek "als" which means sea water, salt, to be connected with the particular flavor of the juice.