Aloe Vera is a Natural Treatment for Constipation

By on May 5, 2014

Aloe Vera for Constipation

Aloe Vera isn’t a new remedy but it is an underutilized remedy. Did you know it was once approved by the FDA for treating constipation? It’s true. While the smooth aloe gel can sooth sunburns it is the aloe latex inside the plant that can be used for constipation. On the market aloe latex is commonly referred to as aloe juice. The internet says aloe juice can do everything from help you lose weight to improve your circulation but let me let you in on a little secret….the internet lies. What aloe juice can do is possibly aid as a short-term solution for constipation.

What Do Experts Say About Using Aloe for Constipation?

Outside of the United States, aloe is considered an effective remedy for constipation. Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural medicines. He claims that aloe juice is “a potent and effective stimulant laxative”. The aloe plant works by adding fluid to your stools making them softer. According to Dr. Pizzorno,

“In comparison to other herbal stimulant laxatives, however, such as senna or cascara sagrada, larger doses of aloe juice draw less fluid into your large intestines, making it less likely to cause dehydration, diarrhea and cramping.”

Commission E, Germany’s regulatory agency for herbs, has approved the use of aloe for treating constipation. On the other hand the FDA has pulled their approval of aloe vera as a treatment for constipation. It is possible to build a tolerance to aloe. An increased tolerance means that larger doses are required to produce the same effect. Aloe is not a good solution for long term use or to take in increasing quantities. It is said that using aloe juice for a long time can be dangerous which is another reason why the FDA took it off the market.

What is a Normal Dosage?

A common dose is 50 to 200 milligrams of aloe latex/juice. Aloe latex can be taken in liquid form or in a capsule but should never be taken for more than 10 days.

WebMd has listed out possible side effects and cautions on their website. In summary they state:

  • Oral aloe, which has a laxative effect, can cause cramping and diarrhea. This may cause electrolyte imbalances in the blood of people who ingest aloe for more than a few days.
  • Aloe can stain the colon, thus making it difficult to visualize the colon during a colonoscopy. They suggest avoiding aloe juice for one month prior to a colonoscopy.
  • People allergic to garlic, onions, and tulips are more likely to be allergic to aloe.
  • High doses of oral aloe are dangerous. Long-term use may increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Don’t take oral aloe if you have intestinal problems, heart disease, hemorrhoids, kidney problems, diabetes, or electrolyte imbalances.
  • Interactions. If you take any drugs regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using aloe supplements. They could interact with medicines and supplements like diabetes drugs, heart drugs, laxatives, steroids, and licorice root.
  • How Can I Buy Aloe Juice or Aloe Latex?

    Aloe juice can be purchased at online health food stores or on Amazon by clicking here. It’s important to read the ingredients to make sure you buy a high quality product so we’ve researched the one we suggested buying through Amazon. The Nature’s Way capsules contain Aloe Vera (latex, leaf; 250mg), beet root (150mg), fennel seed (150mg), magnesium stearate, and plant-derived cellulose. If you choose to find a product on your own avoid ingredients like aloin, athroquinones, aloe-emoin, or emoin compound. Also, please note that aloe gel and aloe latex are two different parts of the plant. Aloe gel is not digestible. Aloe gel is the thick gel like fluid inside of the leaves but the latex is between the gel and the skin. It would be hard to harvest the aloe juice without contaminating it with gel. For this reason it is best to buy the juice and to use your home plants for gel.

    Conclusion

    In limited doses aloe vera juice may be a short-term remedy for constipation for adults who are not pregnant or nursing. If you do choose to drink aloe vera check with your doctor first.

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