Aloe Therapy: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
Aloe, a member of the lily family, is a spindly plant that resembles a cactus. Sticky material surrounding the plant's leaf is heated to make a gel. Aloe is widely employed in cosmetics and topical medicines used to treat burns and wounds. In recent years many terminally ill cancer patients have requested an alternative illegal treatment involving the injection of aloe extracts. Health organizations, including the Food and Drug Administration, are warning consumers of the possible dangers associated with aloe injections.

The American Cancer Society warned recently that aloe "has not been proven safe or effective in treating cancer." In addition, The National Cancer Institute's Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicines has yet to test aloe extracts as a cancer remedy.

Nevertheless, many patients and doctors insist the illegal injections work. Recently, federal agents raided a cancer treatment facility in Tampa where patients were receiving aloe extract. An investigation into the clinic is ongoing.

Some cancer patients have died from aloe treatment. For instance, in 1997 four terminally ill cancer patients died in Virginia shortly after being injected with the extract.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after undergoing aloe therapy. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Albarin: Overview
  2. Cancer Drugs: Overview
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