Medicinal aloe is a succulent plant that falls under the genus Aloe. It is believed to have originally been from Sudan, although it now grows in places such as India, Asia, and other parts of Africa. It is also known as aloe vera or true aloe. As the name implies, medicinal aloe has traditionally been used for a variety of medical purposes. Due to the purported medicinal value of aloe vera, it has been studied widely in scientific circles. Unfortunately, theses studies have yielded a lot of conflicting results.
This plant has short stems that are thick and fleshy, containing juices inside. The stems are usually green in color, although there are other shades, grey-green being one of them. The fleshy part is what is used for medicinal purposes.
One common use of medicinal aloe is to treat a variety of skin conditions. The gel that comes from the fleshy part is applied topically on the affected skin area. Skin conditions that can be treated with medicinal aloe include eczema and burns. There have been some cases wherein application of aloe vera gel caused irritation, however, so it is suggested that you try only a small amount at first. This way, you can test how your skin reacts to the substance.
Medicinal aloe is also used for problems with the digestive tract. There are actually products in the market today which contain aloe gel. These include aloe vera drinks, yoghurt, and even desserts. Manufacturers of these products claim that medicinal aloe can be used to treat heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.
As with many herbal medication, you have to be careful when using aloe. It is still best to consult with your doctor before using aloe as a treatment for any condition.