oa CSIR Science Scope - Indigenous aloes : more than just bitter succulents



Aloe is a succulent plant with many species indigenous to South Africa. Products from aloe have been used in traditional medicine for centuries in the treatment of constipation, burns and skin disorders. In modern therapeutic applications aloe gel is used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-diabetic and antioxidant. Aloe products are also used extensively in the cosmetic and health-food industries. The main species of aloe used domestically in pharmaceutical, therapeutic, dermatological or cosmetic applications are obtained from wild harvested Aloe ferox (A. ferox), a species restricted to southern Africa.


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