The Aloe ferox plant yields two different saps. Aloe ferox bitter sap or extract, drained from the cut leaves, is used primarily for its laxative properties.
You can use the nonbitter aloe gel, from the inner portion of the leaves, in health drinks, for skin care and as dietary fibre. You can then use laxatives to purge the intestines and stimulate bowel movement. A study published in 2004 by Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, by L. Langmead, looked at the effect of aloe on patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Forty-four patients were orally given either aloe bitters or a placebo.
At least 30% of the study participants on aloe showed either clinical remission, improvement compared with only 1% of patients on the placebo. Taking Aloe ferox bitters for four weeks may reduce the symptoms of IBS. An interesting advantage of Aloe ferox bitters, is that Aloin passes harmlessly through the stomach on the way to the colon leaving
the stomach unaffected whereas most of the anti-inflammatory drugs produced by the pharmaceutical industry can cause gastritis and stomach ulcers, making them unsuitable for treating arthritis in patients who have gastric ulcer problems.
In 2008, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study by Jia Yimei comparing compounds from Aloe ferox bitter sap with compounds from other aloe species on wound healing. Researchers monitored animal models treated with Aloe ferox bitter sap and a group treated with a different aloe compound. They measured the growth of bacteria and fungal spores. The results indicated that Aloe ferox bitter sap exhibited therapeutic properties. Also, it aided in the healing process, inhibited some microbial growth and had no adverse side effects on the skin. The researchers concluded that Aloe ferox bitter sap has legitimate potential as a medicinal application on the skin.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
In 2005, researchers from the University of Fort Hare in Alice, South Africa, published a report in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology indicating that compounds from the Aloe ferox bitter sap have antimicrobial properties. They use these for treat sexually transmitted infections, or STI’s. Furthermore, a study in 2008 by L. Kambizi published in the African Journal of Biotechnology evaluated Aloe ferox bitter sap for activity against six strains of gonorrhoea. They saw the evidence of activity against gonorrhoea.
Extracts of the Aloe ferox bitter powder have shown good inhibitory effects on two roundworm species. This was in laboratory tests, affecting both the hatching of eggs and the development of larval stages. In addition, studies conducted by other researchers have shown that an extract of the leaf was non-toxic up to a concentration of 20 g/kg. Thus, indicating that the Aloe ferox bitter powder may be effective in combatting roundworm infestations in livestock animals without having an undesired effect on the animals. You can dose at an effective concentration that kills the majority of eggs. This also inhibits larval development while being non-toxic to the host. In addition, extremely promising results have been obtained using our laboratory tests: Dr John Githiori BVM (Kenya) MSc (Utrecht) PhD (Uppsala)
Aloe ferox leaf contains significant amounts of natural calcium as well as iron, magnesium, zinc and other beneficial minerals but no phytic acid. Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient because it binds minerals in the digestive tract, making them less available to our bodies. Furthermore, research has shown that daily intake of dietary fibre supplements can help to prevent most forms of colon disease. Professor MC Botha.
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