Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Herbal Therapy: Aloe Vera, the Natural Whole Food Medicine for Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrients
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The use of plants for healing purposes have been predated long before the existence of  modern medicine. Herbal plants have formed a fundamental sources for conventional medicine in discovery of single ingredient medication, including aspirin (from willow bark), quinine (from cinchona bark), and morphine (from the opium poppy)......

Aloe Vera may have a potential efficacy in reduced risk  and treatment of Ulcerative colitis. 

Aloe Vera is species of succulent plant in the genus Aloe, belonging to the Family Xanthorrhoeaceae, native to Sudan. It has become very popular for commercial cultivation due to its health benefits. Aloe Vera has been used in herbal medicine in treating many kinds of disease, including wound, burn healing, minor skin infections, sebaceous cysts, diabetes, and elevated of cholesterol, etc.
Constipation is a condition in difficulty in emptying the bowels, in most case associated with hardened feces.

Ulcerative colitis is condition of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) inducing long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract.

In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of 44 hospital out-patients with ulcerative colitis randomly given oral aloe vera gel or placebo, 100 mL twice daily for 4 weeks, oral administrated group showed a improvement and response occurred in nine (30%), viewed in the Simple Clinical Colitis Activity Index and histological scores.

Dr. Langmead , the lead researcher said, "Oral aloe vera taken for 4 weeks produced a clinical response more often than placebo; it also reduced the histological disease activity and appeared to be safe".

Furthermore, in the study of male Sprague Dawley rats fed experimental diets for 2 weeks before and during the induction of colitis, dietary aloe vera gel significantly ameliorated intestinal inflammatory responses in a dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) induced ulcerative colitis.

In fact, the efficacy is also found to associate to the abundant bioactivity of the herbs.

Other researchers suggested that the anti ulcerative colitis activity of aloe vera gel may be due to the healing properties of antioxidants, scavengers, chelators as well as strongly inhibited Inflammation, electrical/mechanical impairment in the gut, and a great majority of oxidative stress.

Taking altogether, herbal aloe vera may process anti ulcerative colitis  properties, through expression of bioactivity in induced production of antioxidant in reduced intestinal inflammatory responses. but further study is necessary to confirm its claim.

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(1) Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis by Langmead L1, Feakins RM, Goldthorpe S, Holt H, Tsironi E, De Silva A, Jewell DP, Rampton DS.(PubMed)
(2) Advances in treatment of ulcerative colitis with herbs: from bench to bedside by Wan P1, Chen H1, Guo Y1, Bai AP1.(PubMed)
(3) Dietary aloin, aloesin, or aloe-gel exerts anti-inflammatory activity in a rat colitismodel by Park MY1, Kwon HJ, Sung MK.(PubMed)
(4) The protective and healing effects of a natural antioxidant formulation based on ubiquinol and Aloe vera against dextran sulfate-induced ulcerative colitis in rats by Korkina L1, Suprun M, Petrova A, Mikhal'chik E, Luci A, De Luca C.(PubMed)

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