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Aloe’s Natural Treatment Benefits

Aloe’s Natural Treatment Benefits

It’s outrageous that an ancient and proven natural therapy as powerful as the aloe plant is still ignored by most American doctors. Aloe is a powerful natural treatment that’s used all over the world — but not in America, where it’s applied only to soothe sunburns.

Mainstream medicine, Big Pharma, and the FDA have yet to accept aloe’s extraordinary medicinal qualities, though aloe has been a medicinal powerhouse for more than 5,000 years. It’s widely used today in Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.

The Benefits of Aloe

In Ayurvedic medicine, the oldest health care system in the world, aloe is called “Kumari,” or “miracle herb.”

Aloe is used extensively by healers in Africa. In Bali, it’s called “lidah buaya,” or “crocodile tongue,” and is considered to be a potent immune-system booster.

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    In Europe, the EMA — the European equivalent of the FDA — approved it years ago as an immune-system booster for AIDS patients. It’s widely recommended there as a natural therapy.1

    An aloe-based protocol is also widely used in Brazil and in many parts of Asia.

    Aloe Studies

    Dozens of studies confirm aloe’s benefits.Compelling research from Japan shows that even in small concentrations, aloe can trigger apoptosis (cell death) in liver, brain, and glandular cancer cells. The study found that the higher the dosage, the more effective it is.3

    Another study from China revealed that one extract in particular, Aloe-emodin, is antiviral and can kill lung, liver, and breast tumors.5,6

    What Does the Aloe Plant Contain?

    Aloe contains three powerful immune-system boosters — polypeptides, polysaccharides, and acemannan.

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    Aloe also contains a special kind of polysaccharide called acetylated mannose. Studies show that acetylated mannose doubles your number of T-cells within three weeks and significantly boosts the power of your natural killer cells (NK), which seek out pathogens and destroy them.

    Aloe has also been shown to minimize the damage to your body from chemo and radiation therapy. While chemo and radiation can be highly effective at killing cancer cells, they also wreak havoc on your immune system.7

    To be clear, I’m not talking about the typical green, gel-like aloe you use as after-sun. I’m talking about fresh aloe water or aloe juice straight from the leaves of the plant.

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      You can find aloe water or juice online and at most health food stores. The best products contain at least 98% aloe and are cold processed using the whole leaf without aloin — the irritating chemical in aloe that can cause diarrhea. You should also avoid varieties that contain sugar and fruit juice, which diminish the nutritional value.

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      I often recommend my patients add it to my healthy “Green Drink” smoothie recipe:

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        Ingredients:

        • ¼-cup radicchio
        • 1 purple carrot
        • 1 cucumber
        • 1 lime
        • ¼-cup parsley
        • ½-cup Swiss chard
        • 1-cup spinach
        • ½-cup filtered water
        • ½-cup ice
        • 1 scoop (1.5 grams) of aloe powder

        Instructions:

        Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. You don’t have to follow this recipe to the letter — you can make it to your taste. Just be sure to add the aloe.

        Aloe can also be taken as a supplement. Gel capsules are available online and at most health food stores. For the best immune-boosting results, take 300 mg twice daily. Remember to consult with your doctor before starting or stopping any treatments.

        To your good health!

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        References:

        1. Ahirwar K, Jain S. “Aloe-emodin novel anticancer Herbal Drug.” International Journal of Phytomedicine. 2011;3, 27-31
        2. Karaca, K., et al., Int.J.Immunopharmacol., vol 17, p. 183, 1995.
        3. Sukai, R., “Epidemiologic survey on lung cancer with respect to cigarette smoking and plant diet. Japanese Journal of Cancer Research.” 1989. 513-520.
        4. Chen R, Wang S, Zhang J, Chen M, Wang Y. “Aloe-emodin loaded solid lipid nanoparticles: formulation design and in vitro anti-cancer study.” Drug Deliv. 2014.
        5. Du Plessis, L., Hamman, J. “In vitro evaluation of the cytotoxic and apoptogenic properties of Aloe whole leaf and gel materials.” Drug Chem Toxicol. 2014.
        6. Sani, M., Goyal, P., Chaudhary, G. “Anti-tumor activity of Aloe vera against DMBA/croton induced skin papillomagenisis in Swiss albino mice.” 2010. Journal of Environmental pathology, Toxicology and Oncology.
        7. Bałan, B., Niemcewiz, M., Kocik, J. et al. “Oral Administration of Aloe Vera Gel, Anti-Microbial and Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Remedy, Stimulates Cell-Mediated Immunity and Antibody Production in a Mouse Model.” Central-EuropeanJournal of Immunology. 2014. 125–130.

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        Last Updated on July 8, 2020

        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

        The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

        1. Understand Yourself Better

        Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

        Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

        2. Keep Track of Small Changes

        I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

        Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

        3. Become Aware of What Matters

        As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

        You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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        4. Boost Creativity

        The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

        When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

        You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

        5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

        A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

        Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

        6. Process Life Experiences

        When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

        Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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        7. Stress Relief

        In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

        Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

        8. Provide Direction

        Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

        One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

        9. Solve Problems

        Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

        Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

        When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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        10. Find Relief From Fighting

        Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

        Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

        11. Find Meaning in Life

        Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

        12. Allow Yourself to Focus

        Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

        13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

        When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

        14. Let the Past Go

        I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

        15. Allow Freedom

        Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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        16. Enhance Your Career

        Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

        Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

        17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

        All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

        18. Catalog Your Life for Others

        No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

        We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

        Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

        Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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