Ulcerative colitis is one of those intractable conditions for which medicine has few answers. As a result up to half of all sufferers seek alternative treatment. The most popular remedy is aloe vera gel, and with good reason, a new study has discovered.
In a test with 44 patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis, half were given 100 ml aloe vera gel daily and the rest had a placebo for four weeks. Remission occurred in 30 per cent off the aloe vera group compared with just 7 per cent of the placebo group. In addition, 17 per cent of the aloe vera group also reported an improvement in their condition. Adverse reactions were minimal, and similar in both groups.
While earlier studies have confirmed aloe vera's inflammatory qualities, this is the first study to prove that it is an effective treatment for ulcerative colitis.