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what is a aloe vera plant exspecially good for?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Burns: Despite a huge number of different and contradictory claims, the one use of aloe vera that seems to hold up is to provide some relief and protection for minor skin burns. Wash the surface and then squeeze some of the juice from a broken plant onto the injury.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has been purported to topically treat: skin wounds, burns, blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, fungus, dry skin, allergic reactions, acne, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles from aging, rosacea, warts, and vaginal infections. Oral aloe vera is purported to help: congestion, indigestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, kidney infections and prostate.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Will anything bad happen if i drink pure aloe vera from the plant?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Maybe: Some people experience a laxative effect from aloe vera that can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The health benefits of drinking aloe vera are inconclusive so don't bother.

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