The herb aloe is known to mankind since many centuries for its immense health benefits. This time tested herb can be used in both ways; for internal consumption as well as for external application. Since many centuries holistic medicine practitioners suggested its external use for treating various skin ailments such as rashes, skin burns, insect bites, and skin ulcers.
When you consume Aloe Vera juice internally, it acts on the bowels to relieve constipation. Constipation is characterized as a delay and decrease in frequency of stools often associated with difficulty in passing stools.
Benefits Of Aloe Vera As A Laxative
Aloe vera contains both laxative and purgative properties that make it an amazing natural product for relieving constipation. Laxative properties help to soften the stool and purgative properties help in easy bowel movement. Though the beneficial effect of aloe vera in treating constipation was known since many centuries, recent scientific research has found the real action of aloe vera in relieving constipation.
Actually, the astringents present in aloe vera act upon the relaxed muscles of the bowels to get tightened. The laxative effect of aloe helps to evacuate the fecal matter smoothly from the colon. Together with constipation, it also relieves burning in anus and rectum that is common while passing hard stools.
Aloe Vera Juice For Constipation Relief
To relieve constipation, aloe vera can be consumed internally in any of its form. The most popular way to consume aloe vera, is as a juice.
For preparing aloe vera juice, take freshly cut aloe vera leaf. Wash the leaf with water to remove the dust and other pollutants. Now with a knife, slit open the leaf and the juice will start flowing from the succulent leaf. You can collect the juice with a spoon and drink it, however many people find the raw juice difficult to drink because of its bitter taste.
It is generally recommended not to take more than one quart of aloe vera juice in a single day. The juice of aloe vera plant is known to decrease blood sugar level, so if you are diabetic you should talk to your doctor and adjust the dose of your medicines accordingly.
Aloe Vera Capsules For Constipation Remedy
Many people, who find it difficult to drink aloe vera juice due to its bitterness, consume aloe vera capsules that are freely available in herbal medicine stores. As aloe vera has strong astringent action on the gastrointestinal tract, it should be complemented with calming herb turmeric.
The capsules come in low and high strength. You should start with the lowest potency and increase it gradually if the lowest strength does not work. You can take the capsule with water or you can also take the capsule with peppermint tea.
Aloe vera in any of its form to relieve constipation should not be used for a long time. This is because your bowel will get habituated to the laxative and purgative effect of aloe vera and start depending on it.
As there is no specific research material for aloe vera effects during pregnancy it is safe to avoid during pregnancy as well as during menstruation.