Can Aloe Vera really help people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Yes, Aloe Vera certainly can! The problem is, that generally, most people don't really understand how and why Aloe Vera works and in what way to buy it and use it so it is effective.
I know that once I started drinking a pure Aloe Gel (and a very good probiotic)
the candida albicans
infection that had caused my irritable bowel syndrome improved dramatically. I could then start to relax the candida diet (which was very strict!) that I had been on for 10 years! I was so excited by this that I became really interested in how this amazing plant worked.
Here is someone else that drunk Aloe Vera to help their IBS...
I had had numerous problems with my stomach and bowel for a number of years. Doctors tried all sorts of strong anti acid tablets and other medications
and yet nothing had worked.
I felt sick, had contant indigestion and life was really difficult not knowing when I would need the toilet and if I was near
enough to make it!
I decided to try drinking Forever living Aloe Vera Gel as I was told this was the best available and started taking it
every day. I did notice
looser bowel movments for a couple of weeks, but gradually within a month the contant indigestion and sick feeling went away. After the first
month each day just got better and better.
I became much more regular with my bowel movements and I also realised I had more energy than I had had for years. I
can now live life normally and don't have to watch what I am eating nearly as much which is such a bonus.
Ange Sterling (Buckinghamshire)
So.... What is it about this plant that could help Irritable Bowel suffers?
Well, there is so much I could include, so on this page I have just done
an overview of what the Aloe plant can do
and a little of how it works, then you can decide whether it deserves such a reputation!
On further pages I will then go into much more depth about it's history,
its structure and contents,
and other problems such as
joint injuries, arthritus, asthma and excema that it can help with.
These are some of the names given to Aloe Vera plant. Over the centuries it has been used for different medicinal reasons...
- 'Burns Plant'
- 'The Miracle Plant'
- 'The Medicine Plant'
There are also many other names for it. In hot countries such as Brazil and all over africa, where it grows in its natural environment
it is very familiar to the
natives who use it for various medical problems. It has a great recorded history of being used
for centuries for a number of different ailments.
Aloe Vera has an amazing amount of
nutrients and substances
in the inner Gel of the plant. Here is a brief shortened list:
- A full range of Vitamins and amino acids
- Many of the required minerals the body requires
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substances
- Soapy substances (naturalcleansing agents)
- Lignins (which penetrate the outer layers of the skin)
These many nutients work together to give the inner leaf gel it's main properties:
- It is naturally anti-fungal and anti bacterial
- It has natural anti-inflammatory properties
- It has natural pain killing properties
So where does it work?
For those of us with IBS this is the exciting part...
It has a great healing effect on all epithelial surfaces, which is any lining or surface in the body, like the skin and the bronchial tract. The
largest of these of course is the lining of the gut, which is why it really seems to help IBS, it can also help colitis and chrones disease too.
The other good news is that it can also bring relief from:
- bronchial problems such as asthma
- urinary tract infections such as recurring cystitus
- genital issues such as thrush
Drinking the gel helps irritable bowel syndrome by initially flushing out the debris (you often experience loose movements
for the first week or so), then helps the gut muscles and lining to function properly. Fungal infections
(from candida albicans)
often a contributing factor to IBS and so the fact that Aloe Vera is anti fungal really helps kill off the fungal infection.
The Aloe plant is also a pre-biotic which means it creates a good environment for the growth of the good bacteria
in the gut. Which is again another reason that drinking Aloe gel helps IBS.
However.... which type of Aloe should you take?
If you think that you would like to try Aloe this is a really important question as there are so many forms on the market.
The ideal way to use the plant is to cut a leaf off a plant every morning, and gently slice it open length ways and take out the inner
leaf gel and drink it.
However, this is just not practical for most of us, unless we live in a hot country where it grows naturally and you pick the outside
leaves when they are 4 years
old so they have maximum benefit!
If you do want to try aloe vera to help your IBS
and are thinking of trying an aloe vera juice, rather than the Gel
or taking a Aloe Vera tablet, I really suggest the first thing you do is read this
from the independent 'Proof magazine'. Even though it was written in 2002 all it's facts are really relevant, so please take a read before you consider buying any Aloe to help your IBS or you could make it worse!
When you buy aloe you really need to know what you are buying, as it is processed in many different ways. To find out more about the process used to manufacture Aloe Vera and what you are buying
Once you have read the article or alternatively, you can take a look at the purest Aloe Vera Gel on the market which is
Forever Living Aloe Vera,
at their online store
Please also do feel free to
as I would like to help you take the right amount (as you really only need a little of the forever living brand, one bottle will last a month initially). I can also help you with when to take it and to let you know what to expect. It is not like taking a pill and it will take at least a month, maybe 2 before you start to get the results you want.
I also suggest that you take a look at the
as this affects numerous people who have irritable bowel syndrome.
Find out more about the structure and nutrients contained in Aloe Vera
Find out more about the Medicinal Properties of Aloe
Return from 'Aloe Vera the basics' to Understanding your irritable bowel syndrome home page
Resources and recommended reading:
Dr Peter Atherton "Aloe Vera The Medicine Plant"
Alisdair Bardcroft "Aloe Vera Nature's Silent Healer'
Max B. Skousen "Aloe Vera Handbook"