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What are the risks of using aloe vera?

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Researchers warn against using aloe vera for a long time. But if the aloe product is free of aloin -- an extract of the plant that has been found to cause colorectal cancer in rats -- it is fine as a topical remedy for sunburn and to drink in juice form. Aloin is found between the outer leaf of the aloe plant and the gooey stuff inside.

From: Aloe Vera WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Aloe vera.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Aloe vera.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Aloe.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Aloe vera.”

National Toxicology Program: ''Aloe vera.'' 

David Kiefer, MD, research fellow, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin; clinical assistant professor, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Aloe vera.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Aloe vera.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Aloe.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Aloe vera.”

National Toxicology Program: ''Aloe vera.'' 

David Kiefer, MD, research fellow, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin; clinical assistant professor, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 08, 2018

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