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The remarkable medicinal properties of aloe were already known to the inhabitants of Ancient Egypt, and despite the rapid development of medicine and pharmacology, this plant has not lost its popularity even in our time: aloe is still considered the elixir of youth, beauty and health.


The blind and the mole: what is the difference

Different types of animals are capable of spoiling the appearance of the site, harming the crop. The most malicious diggers include a mole and a mole rat. Suspecting a mole rat sabotage, it is necessary to determine whether this rodent is a hooligan in the garden. Outwardly, mole rats and moles are similar to each other, they live underground, but there are differences between the animals:

  1. Mole specimens are slightly smaller.
  2. Stems and underground parts of plants - everything that mole rats feed on, moles are not interested: the food of these animals is insects.
  3. The main difference is the “tool” that animals use to dig. A mole is wielding its front paws, a mole rat - with wide strong incisors.
  4. The blind rat works faster; the height of the formed pile of earth is slightly higher (up to 50 cm).
On the right is a mole rat, on the left is a mole

Knowing exactly what kind of pest settled nearby, they choose an effective way of fighting.


Medical Uses [edit | edit code]

The healing properties of aloe, judging by the preserved written sources, were known more than three thousand years ago [9].

Gastroenterology [edit | edit code]

The evaporated juice of some types of aloe is called sabur and is used as a laxative and choleretic. In tropical countries, sap is obtained by spontaneous flow from cut leaves. In other countries, the leaves are squeezed out using presses and then evaporated to dryness. The State Pharmacopoeia of the USSR allowed for the use of the Sabura variety - Cape, and from Curacao the first had the appearance of glassy, ​​shiny, along the edges of translucent pieces with a conchoidal fracture, the second consisted of opaque, opaque pieces with a granular fracture. Sabur in doses of 0.5-1 g was used as a laxative in doses of 0.05-0.2 g to increase digestive activity [7]. Strongly diluted or mixed with the juice of any fruit, it is safe to drink [10].

Ophthalmology [edit | edit code]

Ophthalmologist Academician Vladimir Filatov found an increase in the action of extracts from aloe leaves after "biostimulation", which consists in keeping the cut leaves in a cool, moist place. At the same time, the synthesis of biologically active substances is triggered in the leaves. In folk medicine, aloe extract in the form of drops is used to treat conjunctivitis, with inflammation of the upper eyelid. It is recommended that aloe extract be considered primarily as a dietary supplement and not as a certified medicinal product. [eleven]

Traditional medicine [edit | edit code]

In addition, for the treatment of burns, long-term non-healing wounds and ulcers, with radiation damage to the skin, inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity, for the regulation of menstruation. [ source not specified 896 days ]

Fresh juice in folk medicine is used externally for wound healing, internally - for tuberculosis [7].

Studies have not found evidence of the effectiveness of using aloe for wound healing [12].

Toxicology [edit | edit code]

Aloe juice can cause poisoning. Among the symptoms should be noted: inflammation of the intestines, tenesmus, diarrhea (sometimes with blood and separation of membranes), sometimes hemorrhagic nephritis during pregnancy, miscarriage is possible [13].

American experts from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) conducted a study in which experimental rats and mice were given high doses of the plant extract for two years Aloe barbadensis... The rodents were also given water containing 1.5 percent by weight aloe extract. At the end of the experiment, scientists found both benign and malignant neoplasms in the large intestines of rats. Tumors developed in 74 percent of males and 39 percent of female rats. In mice, there was no carcinogenic effect from oral ingestion of aloe. It should be clarified that for the study, the rats were given a whole leaf of aloe real, along with the peel, which contains the substance aloin, the use of which in large doses is carcinogenic, that is, it can cause cancer. Topical preparations are still considered safe.

Household use [edit | edit code]

Russian traveler Avraham Sergeevich Norov reported: “Aloe is of great benefit to the inhabitants of Africa, India and America, they build huts from reed stalks and make arrows. They also extract threads from it, from which sails are woven ”[14].


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