Aloe Vera is used in case of occasional constipation. This type of laxative is pretty strong. Therefore, it is recommended that the use of Aloe Vera is only for a short time (no more than 10 days) and limited to minimal doses, which can produce the desired effects.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is a herbal remedy that contains Anthraquinone compounds such as glycosides, substances that facilitate the contraction of the muscles of the colon by increasing intestinal peristalsis and facilitating the progress of the stool to the outside, and also increases the secretion of water and salts from the intestine, making the fecal mass more voluminous and softer and therefore easier to expel. These active ingredients are usually absorbed in small quantities in the stomach and small intestine while they move into the large intestine, where they are metabolized with the ability of bacteria to transform them into antroni, leaders of laxative properties. Usually, the laxative effect manifests itself after 6-12 hours.
How should Aloe Vera be taken?
The most common method of consumption is orally, in the form of condensed juice, which is extracted from the plant.
Side effects associated with Aloe Vera
Like all medications, prolonged use of anthraquinones can lead to addiction because the gut stops working properly and peristalsis is reduced tremendously. This usually leads to a condition known as lazy intestines (Peristaltic contractions needed to foster artificially enhanced evacuation through the use of medication can interfere with the passage of time, the functionality of the muscles of the colon, which ends up becoming unable to contract independently). Usually, the use of Aloe with correct doses, is well tolerated. In case of overdose or particular individual sensitivity, it can however occur with severe abdominal pain and diarrhea resulting in loss of fluids and minerals accompanied by the appearance of other disorders related to this condition (fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, and weakness).
Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Aloe Vera
This herbal remedy is not recommended for children, pregnant and nursing women. It is also contraindicated in individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders other than occasional constipation (colitis, IBS, intestinal obstruction). Particular attention should also be paid to people with heart, kidney or liver disease.