Aloes Aloe perryi, Aloe vera

aloes aloe perryi, aloe veraOccurrence: indigenous to East and South Africa and introduced into the West Indies.
Parts used: the drug aloes is described as “the liquid evaporated to dryness which drains from the leaves.” It contains two aloin compounds, barbaloin and isobarbaloin, as well as amorphous aloin, resin and aloe-emodin in differing proportions.
Medicinal uses: emmenagogue, purgative, vermifuge, anthelmintic. It is generally administered along with carminative and anodyne drugs, and acts on the lower bowel. The liquid form may be used externally to ease skin irritation.
Administered as: fluid extract, powdered extract, decoction, tincture.

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