Can Aloe Vera cure, help, treat or prevent Ulcerative Colitis?
The following information is for humans with Ulcerative Colitis
Introduction to Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the membrane of the colon (large intestine) and rectum.
It is usually recognised by swelling of the abdomen, fever, diarrhea and, in some cases a little blood in the excrement.
It's causes are unknown although stress and certain types of food have been known to trigger attacks.
Some medications are available with varying success rates but in severe cases surgery is required.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends avoiding high fibre and fatty foods, eating smaller meals but more regularly and drinking plenty of water. Although these dietry ideas will not cure Ulcerative Colitis some patients have found they reduce the number and severity of attacks.
For more information on Ulcerative Colitis see the Wikipedia page on Ulcerative Colitis
Using Aloe Vera for Ulcerative Colitis
Next you are going to need Aloe Vera Gel. How much will depend on the state of the ailment. In the extreme (say one or two weeks before surgery) 1-2 tablespoons per hour a required but in general 6 tablespoons taken throughout the day will suffice.
WHY? Aloe is most well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. If you have ever been to the carribean you will see it being sold on the beach for sunburn. By drinking it you put the same properties inside your body.
The Inflammation can be quelled and then Aloe's other property comes to life. Aloe boosts the body's immune system and accelerates the rate at which cells divide and thus speeds up the healing process. This works on the intestine to help heal the damage as well as closing up ulcers in the stomach (if they have occurred).
Finally Aloe contains Saponins, a natural cleanser, which will work through and clean out the digestive track.
Note some users had managed to avoid surgery even when starting with Aloe Vera a few days before although in these cases they have drunk up to half a litre a day. However it is better to begin with a very small dose and work up to a larger amount if surgery is not pending.
How long will it take for Aloe Vera to work with Ulcerative Colitis?
Recovery time will depend greatly on the diet and the quality of Aloe used.
As a general rule of thumb expect recovery time to be one month for every year the sufferer has had the ailment
Articles and Studies about Aloe Vera and Ulcerative Colitis
Randomised, double-blind, controlled clinical trial of oral aloe vera gel in active ulcerative colitis.
Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2004. 19: pp 739-47.
Langmead L, Feakins RM, Goldthorpe S, Holt HS, Tsironi E, de Silva A, Jewell DP, Rampton DS
A trial which showed Oral Aloe Vera taken for 4 weeks produces a clinical response more often than a placebo and it also improves histological disease activity and appears to be safe.