Aloe vera

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aloe vera

(vĕr′ə, vîr′ə)
n.
1. A species of aloe (Aloe vera) having fleshy serrated leaves and yellow flowers.
2. The mucilaginous juice or gel obtained from the leaves of this plant, widely used in topical preparations for its soothing effect on the skin. In both senses also called aloe.

Aloe vera

A stemless plant of the genus Aloe (family Liliaceae), which has succulent leaves and grows in subtropical and tropical zones; aloe juice is rich in aloin, resin, emodin and volatile oils, and has a wide range of therapeutic uses.

Chinese herbal medicine
A vera is used topically for acne, athlete’s foot, burns, hemorrhoids, insect bites, premature balding, psoriasis and sunburns.

Fringe medicine
Aloe essence is said to balance and centre creative and vital life activities.
 
Herbal medicine
Aloe is used in Western herbal medicine for indications similar to that of Chinese herbal medicine.

Mainstream medicine
Aloe has been used in conventional medicine topically to manage radiation-therapy-induced burns.

Toxicity
Aloe should not be taken internally as it is a potent laxative; A vera extract has been known to be administered internally for constipation, dermatitis, gastritis, headaches, hepatitis, hypertension, hypotension, intestinal parasites and vertigo.

Al·oe ve·ra

(English, a'lō vē'ră; Latin, al'ō-vē'ră)
A botanical used topically in wound care; used internally as a stimulant laxative (long-term use may elicit blood disorders). Other medicinal properties have not been confirmed clinically.
Synonym(s): first aid plant, hsiang-dan, kumari, lu-hui.
[L., fr. G. aloē]
References in periodicals archive ?
Vega-Galvez, "Influence of temperature on the drying kinetics, physicochemical properties, and antioxidant capacity of Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Miller) gel," Journal of Food Engineering, vol.
Panel, "Final report on the safety assessment of Aloe andongensis extract, Aloe andongensis leaf juice, Aloe arborescens leaf extract, Aloe arborescens leaf juice, Aloe arborescens leaf protoplasts, Aloe barbadensis flower extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Aloe barbadensis leaf polysaccharides, Aloe barbadensis leaf water, Aloe ferox leaf extract, Aloe ferox leaf juice and Aloe ferox leaf juice extract," International Journal of Toxicology, vol.
T ipologia de la produccion primaria de zabila (Aloe barbadensis L.) en estado Falcon, Venezuela.
Community Herbal Monograph on Aloe barbadensis Miller and Aloe (various species, mainly Aloe ferox Miller and its hybrids), EMEA/HMPC/76310/2006 Corrigendum, 9 p.
Al sembrar la vegetacion Aloe barbadensis (sabila) sobre el sustrato de 10 cm no se incremento el aislamiento (Figura 11).
Liliaceae Thoom Herb Stem KUH-424 Aloe barbadensis Mill.
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) is widely cultivated around the world for its gel, while its rind is treated as fertilizer or waste.
In fact, Aloe barbadensis is an ancient home remedy--first mentioned in Sumerian clay tablets dating back to 2100 B.C.