Aloe vera

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aloe vera

(vĕr′ə, vîr′ə)
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.

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]


the dried juice of plants of the genus Aloe of the Liliaceae family. It is an anthraquinone cathartic and was at one time the favored purgative for horses. Called also aloes. The name aloe is also used to refer to the fragrant wood of the tree Aquilaria agallocha.

aloe vera
a mucinous substance obtained from the leaves of the plant, Aloe vera. Various therapeutic properties are claimed, including antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory activity. It is often used on burns.
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First report of Alternaria alternata causing leaf spot on Aloe barbadensis in India.
The trial results indicate that a regular intake of aloe barbadensis gel has helped reduce the levels of fasting blood sugar and glycated hemoglobin.
INCI: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (and) phytic add (and) ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf enhances dermal absorption and acts as a carrying agent; frequently used for sunburn, dry skin, chapping, and many other skin conditions.
Aloe vera (Synonym: Aloe barbadensis Miller) belongs to the Liliacea family, of which there are about 360 species.
Oxidation of phenolic compounds from Aloe barbadensis by peroxidase activity: posible involvement in defence reactions.
Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera) has a long history of use for medicinal and dietary purposes and as a component of many cosmetic preparations.
1991, "Rapid in vitro propagation of Aloe barbadensis Mill.
The succulent leaves of Aloe barbadensis were used directly after washing in cold running tap water and air-dried.
Since no report is available on the growth characteristics of aloe vera influenced by harvest dates, the objective of this study was to determine the effects of harvest time of Aloe barbadensis Miller.