Part of the plant used: gel extracted from leaves (topical use) and latex (oral use)
Aloe is a tropical plant with thick triangular leafs that resemble spines. According to ancient documents, its medicinal value has been known for centuries. It was probably first used in Egypt or the Middle-East. Since then, aloe has been introduced to most warm tropical areas of the world, including Southern United-States, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and India.
Aloe latex and gel do not contain the same active principles and should not be confused.
Used doses: 100 to 200 mg of aloe or 50 mg of aloe extract, once a day in the evening. Wait 6 to 12 hours to evaluate the effectiveness.
Apply liberally 3 to 5 times a day, as needed.
There is insufficient reliable information to conclude that aloe is effective in any other indication.
In 2004, Canada adopted new regulations that control the manufacturing, packaging, labeling and importing of natural health products. The new regulations also include an adverse reaction reporting system. Products that conform to the regulation's criteria are identified with a natural product number (NPN) and can be legally sold in Canada. This number indicates that the product meets specific criteria for safety and purity, not that it is effective for any indication.
Medicinal plant contents vary naturally from plant to plant - just as fruits from the same package may vary in taste and texture. There is no standard to measure the active content of each plant. Thus, efficacy of natural products should be expected to vary from brand to brand as well as from bottle to bottle of the same brand.
For more information about the Natural Health Products Regulations, or to check if a product has been assessed, visit the Health Canada website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/index-eng.php.
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