Aloe vera juice can be used for relief of digestive disorders such as heartburn, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome, and for treatment of diabetics, hyperlipidaemia, hepatitis (liver disease), and ulcerative colitis.
Internal intake of aloe vera juice is traditionally for treatment of digestive disorders, such as relieve heartburn, calm irritable bowel syndrome, reduce inflammation in patients with ulcerative colitis, relive constipation.
Modern preliminary studies have suggested that oral Aloe vera gel also has effects to improve blood glucose levels in diabetics, lower blood lipids in hyperlipidaemic patients, and help treat acute hepatitis (liver disease).
From the traditional and modern uses, we can see that aloe vera has cooling, downwarding and laxative properties. These properties were recognized in traditional Chinese medicine guidelines. According to Chinese herbal medicine texts, aloe vera is a bitter and cooling herb, affecting liver, large intestine and related parts. It can be used to cleanse internal heat due to live fire (inflammation), treat constipation, headache, red eyes, convulsions and skin infections. But the medicine guidelines also warn that aloe vera is an extreme cooling herb that has strong effects against hot diseases (fire, ulcer, inflammation), cool down the overheating liver and body, but if wrongly used for patients with internal cold, diarrhea and underlying weakness, it will weaken the digestive system and weaken life force.