Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis. Mill. / Aloe vera Linn.
Sanskrit Name: Grih kumari
English Name: Aloe plant
Family: Liliaceae
Occurrence: Cultivated
Habit: Herbs
Parts used:

Leaves, root


Medicinal uses:

Plant is stomachic, Purgative emmenagogue , anthelmintic and used in piles and rectal fissures. Dried juice is cathartic and is given in constipation. Fresh juice is also cathartic and cooling and is useful in fevers. Pulp is used in menstrual suppressions. Root is used in colic. Pulp is good drug for liver diseases. Now it is extensively used in cosmetics and as a healing cream on burns. It was observed that Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) concentrations were able to stimulate the production of T-4 lymphocytes thus protecting the HIV patients. It is used as excellent alternative treatment of cancer (Karposi sarcoma). (Hoffman A.J.- Germany) It is medicinal plant with tonic, aphrodisiac, ant inflammatory activity and healing properties such as thermal and radiation burns. It is also used as an agent to improve fertility.


Chemical constituents :

 

Plant contains Aloin, Isobarbaloin and Emodin. Juice contains anthraquinone derivatives like emodin and chrysophpanic acid. Whole leaf, rind and pulp contain uronic acid, oxidase , catalase and sugers. The first C - glucofuranosyl compound named as Neoaloesin- A is isolated from leaves.
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