Constipation :: Aloe vera and Constipation (laxative)

Dried latex from the inner lining of aloe leaves has been used traditionally as a laxative taken by mouth.

Although few studies have been conducted to assess this effect of aloe in humans, the laxative properties of aloe components such as aloin are well supported by scientific evidence.

A combination herbal remedy containing aloe was found to be an effective laxative, although it is not clear if this effect was due to aloe or to other ingredients in the product.

Further study is needed to establish dosing and to compare the effectiveness and safety of aloe with other commonly used laxatives.

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