ALOE VERA: A WONDERFULL PLANT FOR PHARMACOLOGICAL, COSMETIC USE, AND SOME OTHER ASPECT - A REVIEW
Prashant Kumar Dubey, Santosh Kumar Singh*, Arvind Dangi, Deepak Bachle, Rahul Kumar Kataria
Aloe vera plant is oldest tradional medicinal plant used for various aspects worldwide. Aloe vera has been attributed to the polysaccharides contained in the gel of the leaves. The whole plant as well as its specific parts (leaves, roots), plant extracts and its active constituent mucopolysaccharides (MPS) which are long chain sugars have been widely used. Aloe leaves can be separated into two basic products the latex, a bitter yellow liquid beneath the epidermis of the leaf and the gel, a colorless and tasteless substance in the inner part of the leaf. Both of them have many biologically active components, mainly anthraquinones and polysaccharides (the most active is acemannan), which may act alone or in synergy. The medicinal value of the plant is recognized since centuries because of the gel like pulp obtained by peeling its leaves. Its juice has cooling properties, is anabolic in action, a fighter of „pitta‟, storehouse of phytochemicals and guards against fever, skin diseases, burns, ulcers, boils eruptions etc. Commercially, aloe can be found in pills, sprays, ointments, lotions, liquids, drinks, jellies, and creams, to name a few of the thousands of products available. Reports also describe antidiabetic, anticancer and antibiotic activities, so we may expect to see a widening use of aloe gel. The author is advice to peoples to read and educate and aware about the importance or magical plant Aloe vera.
Keywords: Aloe Vera; Penetration enhancer; Colchicine; Mefenamic acid; Oxybutynin; Quinine
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