Succulents

Contraindications Aloe

Natural substances in plants

Plants, and more generally nature, are able to provide us with some of the most precious substances we need to live. It is no coincidence that, besides the fact that an integral part of our diet are just vegetables, vegetables and a lot of “green stuff”, that many supplements have as the basis of their compositions at least twenty percent deriving from nature and specifically from the plant world. In fact, the fact that man currently needs the contribution of natural substances from plants is both a consequence of our being omnivores and a consequence of the fact that we have always been looking (among plants, animals, insects and so on) for things that can make us feel better or even cure when we are sick. It is a practice already begun by the first men and hominids, when to cover themselves in clothes they used the thick leaves of some plant species or when they used the same to cover wounds like a plaster. From there it went to a much higher level with the first great civilizations (Romans, Greeks) but above all with the advent of the Middle Ages, when the art of magic, medicine and witchcraft were intertwined in a more than suspicious way, but sometimes quite effective too.

Aloe vera


One of the most famous plants for the various types of treatments that are practiced with its extract is the Aloe plant: it is a plant belonging to the “succulents”. This denomination (which is very precise as it is scientific) must not cause a smile to appear because we mean it in the Italian sense of the term, which would be “palatable as food”, but is to be considered in the Latin denomination which meant “rich in juice” . And this is a very realistic definition, as succulent plants (as you can see from the Aloe photos) are plants halfway between succulents and tropical plants, therefore equipped with those internal reserve juices that man has learned. to use because they are rich in useful nutrients. Specifically, aloe vera is a plant that is used in herbal medicine and cosmetics; in the first, in the form of liquid or powder extract, it is used as a regenerating and purifying agent for the body, as well as for the laxative effects of some of its molecules. In the second, however, it is used as a basic component of creams for moisturizing the skin of the whole body, especially that of the face and legs in the female public that needs both aesthetic certainty and full functionality.

Aloe contraindications

The word “contraindications” is particularly famous in our society due to the fact that it is widely used when we talk about drugs; they are the fruit of ever-growing powerful pharmaceutical technology, great minds and discoveries that in many cases save lives continuously. However, as a counterpoint, there is often some substance that helps one aspect but less another, and here is explained the side effects: they are negative effects that can take over alongside the positive ones for which we take drugs. The same is true, for better or worse, for every substance, including those of natural extracts. In particular, aloe is a plant that in addition to offering many benefits can cause some damage when our physical conditions are not optimal; for example, given its fairly strong laxative action, if we have problems such as Crohn’s disease or other diseases affecting the intestine, the Aloe effect could worsen the symptoms. The same is true for other inflammations such as appendicitis (since the appendix is ​​still a part of the intestine), or the pains of the menstrual cycle for women, which Aloe could amplify a little (as it makes it more sensitive some terminations).

Contraindications Aloe: Other indications

We have already stated both the great properties of Aloe and the possible contraindications that occur when taking a quantity of it. Sometimes, however, we human beings also make mistakes: for example, Aloe on sale for laxative purposes generally has a first effect time of about six hours or a little more; many people, after taking the recommended dose, seeing two or three hours pass without effects, decide independently to take other doses. But in this way you take a higher dose than allowed and you risk seriously compromising the momentary functionality of your intestine. Aloe extract, whose components are very often “frozen” before putting it on sale (where by freezing we mean a sort of chemical inhibition of some substances to prevent them from acting, operation that is done to alleviate side effects), it also has the ability to be assimilated by breast milk, making it quite bitter and therefore unwelcome to most children. For this reason it is not recommended to take Aloe during the period of breastfeeding, and it is also for pregnancy, because taken in high doses can cause abdominal cramps that either disturb the baby (sometimes severely) or cause fright due to chores. to the gestation itself.

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