Early Research treating AIDS with Aloe Vera
In 1988, a study by McDaniel and McAnalley, out of the University of Texas Health Science Center, tested the immune-boosting properties of aloe vera on eight AIDS patients. Over a 90-day period, consistent oral consumption of aloe vera revealed improvement in all eight cases, eliminating night sweats and sometimes alleviating diarrhea. The study also reported a decrease in infections with no adverse side effects. The results, when applied to every day living, gave two patients, previously unemployed because of the severity of their symptoms, the ability to return to work.
Further Research Aloe Vera Gel on AIDS
Nearly a decade later, homeopathic and naturopathic practitioner Wesley Calvin, conducted an open trial on 24 males suffering from AIDS. Over a 14-month period, patients were asked to drink 4-8 ounces of Fresh Frozen Aloe twice daily, along with antiretroviral therapy. From the original 24 subjects, the quality of life improved in 11 cases. The clinical findings indicated a lower risk of infection, reduction of dermal lesions and decreased viral loading. Consequently, the positive physical effects impacted both social and psychological health by reducing hospitalization, decreasing depression and maintaining body weight. As in earlier research studies, there was an absence of negative and toxic side effects
Ten (10) young women diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the Wesley Guild Hospital Ilesa, a unit of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria who did not meet the national criteria for the use of antiretroviral drugs were managed with 30-40 mL of aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) gruel daily.
The average weight gain among those on aloe vera was 4.7 kg compared to 4.8 kg by those on antiretroviral drug (p=0.916). The average rise in CD4 count among them was 153.7 cells/μL compared to 238.85 cells/μL among the controls (p=0.087). There was no significant side effect(s) in either group except in the 1 patient who switched over from antiretroviral drugs to aloe vera gruel.
These preliminary data suggest that consumption of aloe vera may be of help to HIV-infected individuals in the tropics, given its availability and inexpensiveness.
Though the clinical findings suggest potential therapeutic benefits of aloe vera on AIDS patients, it does not constitute a cure for the virus. However, these studies did produce positive findings when exposing aloe vera’s immune-building properties to immunodeficiency diseases.
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