Aloe Vera Gel - Organic- 98% pure 1kg
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DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO THINKING ALOE VERA GEL SHOULD BE A CLEAR SUBSTANCE. NATURAL, ORGANIC ALOE VERA SHOULD BE A GOLDEN BROWN COLOUR. THE CLEAR GELS ARE USUALLY THE BASE FOR COSMETIC APPLICATIONS. SOME ARE EVEN ARTIFICAILLY COLOURED 'GREEN' . PLEASE AVOID THESE IF ADMINISTERING TO YOUR ANIMALS.
There are countless uses for Aloe Vera and investigations by veterinary professionals have shown that Aloe Vera is effective in the treatment of a large range of skin problems, joint problems and internal disorders in equines.
Many trainers and riders now give Aloe Vera to their horses as a dietary supplement, significantly enhancing their stamina and performance and reducing competitive stress and post-event fatigue.
Aloe Vera has been valued throughout the ages and this documented search for knowledge and understanding of its amazing abilities dates back to well before Christ. In the 18th century Aloe Vera was successfully used to combat a number of horse ailments and because of its positive results, it earned itself the name “horse aloe”. In the 20th Century Aloe Vera became probably one of the most researched herbs on the planet.
In 1840, the two blacksmiths George Skevington and F. D. Day both published their positive findings on the application of Aloe Vera. The publication reported on the success rate of the Aloe Vera treatment on various horse illnesses such as mallenders (chronic dermatitis), psora, allergic skin conditions and also on the remarkable healing effect on the gastrointestinal tract and other parasitic diseases.
In 1950, for the first time Aloe Vera was featured in an influential veterinary medical magazine. The report was made by a team of accomplished researchers who documented the positive antibacterial effects of the healing plant.
In relation to animal healing, 1975 was a milestone in the history of Aloe Vera. Dr Robert T. Northway from California, USA, completed the first official clinical study on the internal application of Aloe Vera. Over a period of six years, Dr Northway studied the effect of orally ingested Aloe Vera on 42 dogs, 25 cats and 4 horses. The plant’s anti-inflammatory characteristics worked on acute, chronic and bacterial infections. The Aloe halted the spreading of most yeast fungi ailments such as Candida and the bacteria staphylococcus, streptococcus and corynebacterium. In 67 out of the 71 cases, Dr Northway’s positive results were as good as or even better than those of the classical therapy. Moreover, he could not detect any side effects.
In 1996, Peter Green, an English veterinarian, successfully used Aloe Vera to treat what was then a relatively unknown illness PVLS (Post Viral Lethargy Syndrome) in horses. PVLS was described as a chronic state of exhaustion; however, the symptoms were not clearly confirmed. In addition to Peter Green, David Urch another English veterinarian likewise celebrated overwhelming successful results on the Aloe Vera internal treatment of PVLS. His remarkable healing rate of success was 83% in all cases.
Properties of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has cleansing, stimulating, antibacterial, and antiviral qualities. Aloe Vera moisturises, acts as an anti-itching treatment and stimulates tissue healing. Thus, it is greatly used in veterinary dermatology as well as in ophthalmology, gastroenterology, dentistry, otolaryngology and surgery.
This amazing plant is made up of many vitamins and minerals including 20 Amino Acids. The main minerals include Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorous, Sodium and Zinc. Some of the essential Amino Acids are Lysine, Tryptophane, Valine and Threonine. Vitamins include A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, E and folic acid.
Aloe Vera also contains simple sugars that include glucose, fructose and mannose and polysaccharides.
Aloe Vera and Horses with Stomach Ulcers
Aloe Vera taken internally helps the protective action of gastric mucus against the irritating action of pepsin. Aloe itself soothes because it comprises of many polysaccharides which are chemically very similar to the natural protective mucous membrane of the stomach. Aloe Vera inhibits excessive gastric secretion by gastric mucosa. This property is attributed to the anti-histamine action of Aloe (hyperacidity drugs work by blocking histamine). Aloe Vera does not neutralize the acid, but goes back to the cause of overproduction of gastric acid. Aloe Vera can also overcome too low acidic levels in the stomach.
Aloe is bacteriostatic and to some extent prevents the growth of bacteria responsible for the stomach ulcers. In view of the persistence and tendency of reoccurrence of this bacteria and ultimately reoccurring ulcers, administering Aloe Vera daily can support and assist this common problem in horses.
Many horse owners also want proof of any claims that products make as to their medicinal properties when treating their animals. I personally used Aloe Vera on my horse ( and still do) when traditional veterinary medicines were having no positive effects. The change in my horse within a very short period of time was amazing. But don’t take my word for it, there are many review posted on here and below are excerpts from the book Aloe Vera – Natures Gift written by Veterinary Surgeon Dr David Urch who has used Aloe Vera in his practice for many years:( also available to purchase on our website)
Reputed Action of Aloe Vera
Synergistic Properties – The 75 nutrients contained in Aloe Vera appear to work as a team producing and overall more powerful effect on healing.
Adaptogenic properties – My scientific medical training made it difficult for me to understand the adaptation properties of Aloe. Adaptogenic means that the body will take out of the Aloe what it needs to assist the condition it is suffering from. Aloe appears to restore the body’s balance. As a veterinary surgeon I initially had problems understanding the rationale behind this because, to me, this didn’t make sense that one product could be used to help a variety of conditions such as ulcers, diarrhoea, constipation, poor appetite. I knew from my training and as a vet for nearly 20 years that a drug I used for diarrohea would be exactly opposite to one I use for constipation. This is not the case with Aloe. After using Aloe in my practice for over 2 years I began to see at a practical level that you could use the gel for a number of dissimilar conditions and you did get this adaptogenic effect.
Induces “well-being”- I have noticed that after around 6 weeks on Aloe that animals have shiny and better quality coats. Nails and hooves grow faster and stronger. The animals in themselves are brighter and more energetic
Antioxidant properties – This is due to overall effect on the body and its vitamin A,C and E content which is known to be 3 of the most potent antioxidants.
Essential nutrients – Aloe contains over 75 ingredients and provides many of the essential nutrients animals require for everyday life such as vitamins, minerals, sugars and amino acids.
Natural cleanser- Aloe Vera is an effective natural cleanser due to its saponin content
Skin penetration – Aloe will penetrate through the epidermal layer of the skin to the deep dermal layer helped by its lignin content
Moisturising – A natural moisturiser that has been known for centuries and why it is used in many beauty preparations.
Exfolitation – the enzymes contained in the gel help break down dead tissue from the skin. The salicylic acid content also assists in exfoliation. Together these actions help remove dead and damaged cells. Beneficial for psoriasis, eczema and cleansing and healing skin wounds and ulcers.
Increases cell division and healing – It has been shown scientifically by Dr Atherton, Dr Cochrane and Dr Danof that Aloe Vera increases cell division by fibroblast in the skin at least 3 times. This is why wounds tend to heal quicker . In my clinical experience I have consistently found that wounds heal 1/3 quicker than those treated with conventional veterinary preparations.”
Local anaesthetic- I have found in my practice that when Aloe is applied to the skin is acts as an excellent natural anaesthetic. In some cases it even appears to relieve pain associated with joints and muscles when applied topically. These benefits can be enhanced by also consuming Aloe orally.
Kills certain bacteria, fungi, viruses and yeasts- Researches such as Goltshall have shown Aloe Vera when kept in contact with micro-organisms is antimicrobial . It has shown it not only kills gram positive bacteria such as streptococci and staphylococci but it will also kill the tuberculosis bacteria and E.coli.
Anti-inflammatory – It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent without the side effects of steroids
Lowers temperature- Probably due to its salicylic acid content – an aspirin like agent- it has been found to lower body temperature and take the heat out of inflammatory skin condition such as ulcers ( external and internal)- a property often referred to as being anti-pyretic.
Safe to use with other drugs – In my practice I have found that Aloe Vera can be used with all commonly used veterinary drugs with no interaction between them.
Enhances the action of other drugs – In many cases I have found that Aloe Vera tends to potentiate the action of some of my usual drug preparations such as antibiotics
Specific sites of action for Aloe Vera – It soon becomes apparent when using Aloe Vera to help medical conditions in animals that is appears to work on a number of bodily systems. It shows consistently beneficial effects on conditions affecting the following:
• The whole digestive system including the oral cavity
• The skin
• The respiratory system including nasal chambers and sinuses
• The urinary and genital systems
• The eyes
• The ears
• The musculo-skeletal system
A popular alternative therapy
In summary, Aloe Vera is fast becoming a popular choice amongst humans and animals in treating an array of medical issues from skin complaints to allergies and internal problems. Points to consider when purchasing Aloe Vera:
Many people including industry professionals are seeking natural and alternative treatments for medical issues associated with their beloved animals. In the US there has been an increase of over 40% of herbal sales in the Equestrian industry in the last two years alone.
There is now a groundswell of support for the use of natural products and herbal remedies with a greater acceptance of the need for alternative or complimentary therapies working alongside conventional vets and doctors. In all cases of illness or injury we strongly recommend a consult by a qualified veterinarian first.
DOSAGE RATES ; FOR ULCERS , SKIN PROBLEMS, ALLERGIES, AFTER INFECTIONS, AFTER USING DRUGS AND WORMERS - 20-40ml syringed down the throat or added to feed twice a day- treatment can take anywhere from 7 days to 6 weeks depending on severity.
FOR MAINTENANCE :20-30ml once a day
Aloe Vera- Natures Gift – Dr D Urch BSc MA VetMB Dip Herb Med MRCVS
Aloe Vera – Natures Silent Healer – Alasdair Barcroft & Dr Audun Myskja
Creatures in our Care – The Veterinary Uses of Aloe Vera – Bill Coats R.Ph & Richard Holland DVM
Blitz, J.J.; Smith, J.W.; Gerard, J.R. Aloe Vera Gel in peptic ulcer therapy; Preliminary report. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 1963.62.731-735.