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Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with Aloe VeraDescription: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), is a common gastrointestinal disorder characterized by symptoms that include abdominal pain and and abnormal bowel habits. Other symptoms include, stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. These tend to come and go over time, and can last for days, weeks or months at a time. Disorders such as anxiety, major depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome are common among people with IBS.
The causes of IBS are not clear and there is no known cure. Great!! That's not much help is it! Onset may include things like: gut–brain interactivity problems, gut motility disorders (such as pain during peristalsis), pain sensitivity, infections including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, a bout of food poisoning or gastroenteritis, neurotransmitters, possible genetic factors, and food sensitivity. Age, weight loss, blood in the stool, family history or a stressful life event are other factors.
Other conditions that may present similarly include celiac disease, microscopic colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, bile acid malabsorption, and colon cancer, which is why it is important to get a proper diagnosis of the disorder. Treatment is carried out to improve symptoms, so you can expect to be offered, ideas for dietary changes, medication, probiotics, and counselling. Counselling?
There are lots of websites and forums out there that may give you ideas and advice of how to control your IBS. But my concern is with the use of Aloe Vera gel for IBS.
What can I do about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
If you want to treat your condition naturally, or in conjunction with a conventional treatment, you might like to try using our Aloe Vera gel. The gel contains dozens of different nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols and salicylic acid. Often these are the very constituents found in your medication.
How do I use my gel when it arrives?
Take a frozen cube of your gel and allow it to dissolve in a little warm water. We usually dissolve ours in about 150ml of water, but more or less is ok. Take a few sips at a time while you enjoy a healthy meal, or drink at the end of your meal. As most of us seem to have our main meal of the day in the early evening because of work committments, then this is perhaps the best time to take your aloe gel drink.
However, everyone is different. Some people get better relief when they take their aloe with their meal. Others prefer to take it when they get up in the morning, so it has chance to work during the day to even out discomfort, bloating and pain. Others prefer to take it before retiring at night so it has a chance to work and heal all night before the daytime onslaught of food and drink that will undoubtedly follow the next day. Work out a system that is best for you and amend it to suit changes in your diet or work schedule. Don't be afraid to experiment.
We have many people taking this for IBS now and they all swear by it. So please don't be afraid to give it a try.
What do I do when my leaves arrive? Just follow these simple instructions.
Please contact me when your condition improves. I really love to hear your stories.
Disclaimer: Aloe Vera is known to be a wonderful cure-all around the world and back again. But it is always best to keep an open mind on both sides of the orthodox and natural remedies debate, and cherry pick the best solution on a condition by condition basis. Natural remedies alone may not always help to cure your condition, especially if there are contributory factors. If the condition worsens or takes longer than anticipated to recover, you are advised to contact your doctor. Normally, your aloe may be used along with any conventional medical treatment offered.
REFERENCES: Evidence studies and research papers.
Here is the evidence that I have found to support the use of Aloe Vera gel in your recovery.
Study 1: J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Oct; 24(4): 528–535. Published online 2018 Oct 1.
Aloe vera Is Effective and Safe in Short-term Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis by Seung Wook Hong, Jaeyoung Chun, Sunmin Park, Hyun Jung Lee, Jong Pil Im and Joo Sung Kim
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6175553/ (opens in a new window)
Background/Aims: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Aloe vera (AV) in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Conclusion: Three RCTs with a total of 151 patients with IBS were included. The meta-analysis showed a significant difference for patients with AV compared to those with placebo regarding improvement in IBS symptom score. Using intention-to-treat analysis, the AV patients showed significantly better response rates of IBS symptoms compared to placebo. No adverse events related with AV were found in included studies.
AV is effective and safe for the treatment of patients with IBS compared to placebo.
Study 2: A Pilot Study of the Effect of Aloe barbadensis Mill. Extract (AVH200®) in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Stine Størsrud, Irina Pontén, Magnus Simrén
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stine-Storsrud/publication/282952489.pdf (opens in a new window)
Background/Aims: Few effective treatment options exist for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and many patients state the use of aloe vera products reduce their symptoms. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the effect of Aloe barbadensis Miller.
Conclusion: : A tendency towards a higher proportion of responders in the aloe vera group (55%) vs. placebo (31%), was observed, and the proportion of subjects who reported adequate relief at least 50% of the weeks during the treatment period tended to be larger in the aloe vera vs. placebo group. The overall severity of the gastrointestinal symptoms was reduced in the aloe vera group but not the placebo group, without difference between the groups. AVH200® was well tolerated and no serious adverse events were observed.
We therefore conclude that Aloe barbadensis Mill Extract (AVH200®) is well tolerated, safe and seems to be a promising treatment option for patients with IBS. However, further larger studies are warranted to assess the efficacy of aloe vera products in IBS patients, before these treatment regimens can be recommended for clinical use.
Personal note: The truth is, many herbal and plant products are used to treat IBS even though their true efficacy is often unknown due to the fact that the clinical studies have small sample sizes, inadequate data analyses and non-standardized preparations of the actual aloe vera gel. I really hope that doesn't put you off trying and seeing if it is beneficial for your own circumstances.