Aloe vera is a popular plant. There are several possibilities of using it. It is grown in various parts of the globe. The succulent may be used not for only medicinal, but cosmetic purposes as well.
The latex of this plant has medicinal applications, thus it is use in many beauty and health products. And there are products, where the gel and the latex both may be found, since the leaves of the herb are crushed in whole.
The plant is used for its medicinal values, thus it is considered safe, nevertheless, this herb can provoke side effects in some patients. Naturally people with allergies tend to develop aloe side effects, but these reactions might be found in normal people as well. Be aware that high doses as well as prolonged use are the most common causes of side effects.
The plant’s juice and gel may be applied topically or taken internally. The cases of side effects are more frequent with oral intake, compared to topical application. You have to keep in mind that if you consider drinking aloe vera, side effects may appear.
Here are some of the side effects.
In case you consume the plant as a laxative it might provoke diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In similar cases it can cause dependency which will lead to severe constipation once you cease taking it. Also patients suffering from hemorrhoids should stay away from it, since it can worsen their condition.
Allergic reactions are the most common side effects of the plant. This side effect may occur in oral and topical application equally often. The intensity of allergic reaction varies from skin rash and itching to tightness in chest, breathing troubles, facial swelling. In cases of severe reaction call the doctor and cease using gel or juice.
Using the plant may lead to electrolyte imbalances in blood. Also the it might provoke low potassium levels in blood and result in irregular heartbeats, weakness, soft muscles. But this side effect is more often seen in patients with diabetes, heart/ kidney diseases. That is why these patients should refrain from consuming the plant and its products.
Due to a study on rats it was found that aloe extract from whole leaves may be carcinogenic, because of the presence of aloin, that may be found in aloe latex. However, there is no proof that the plant has similar effect on human beings. To be on the safe side, use aloe products without aloin.
Oral intake of the gel/juice might also lower blood sugar level. The patients undergoing treatment for diabetes, hypoglycemia must take advice from an expert before taking aloe vera. Some experts assume that prolonged use of the plant can lead to hepatitis. And those with thyroid disorders are advised to avoid taking it orally.
Do not panic if you experience dehydration and reddish urine, that may happen if you drink the juice frequently. The plant overdose may lead to blood build-up in the pelvis and kidney damage, even death in rare cases. Also be aware that aloe vera injections should be strictly avoided, since it can provoke serious side effects.
As a rule, topical usage of aloe vera is free of side effects. Nevertheless in some users it can provoke stinging sensations, mild itching, hypersensitivity reactions. Topical application may cause allergic reactions. People with allergies to garlic, onions, tulips can develop allergic side effects after using aloe vera.
In case you have allergies to cacti plants, there are increased chances of suffering from aloe vera allergy. Some people are allergic to this plant right from the birth, it has been observed that those who use aloe vera regularly, develop allergies all of a sudden.