Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Aloe vera in traditional medicine

Aloe vera is one of approximately 420 species of the genus Aloe, which is variously classified as belonging to the Asphodelacceae, Liliaceae or Aloaceae families. It grows in Africa, Asia and the warmer parts of America and Europe.

Aloe vera has been recognized for millennia for its healing properties. Aloe has been used extensively by the Egyptians, Assyrians, Mediterranean civilizations, and in Biblical times. The first authentic record of Aloe as a plant with healing properties is accredited to a Mesopotamian clay tablet dated at ca 2100 BC.

A great amount of research is currently going on in many parts of the world on this miracle plant. Aloe vera is commonly used topically in the treatment of dermatological and wound healing conditions.

Aloe vera feature of anti-inflammation. It inhibits the cycloxygenase pathway and reduces prostaglandin E2 production from arachidomic acid.

Aloe vera is used for treatment of burns. This normally achieved by harvesting, washing and skinning through the leaf to enable to have an access to the juice that flows from the leaf. The treatment involves rubbing the juicy side of the Aloe vera leaf all over the site of the burn. This should be repeated four times daily to effect the desired healing.

Aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fiber making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled which due to mucopolysaccharide help in binding moisture into the skin, It also has cohesive effects on the superficial flaking epidermal sells by sticking them together.

Since stabilized Aloe vera has already proven to be bactericidal, bacteriostatic, virucidal, fungicidal and antipruritic and antiseptic, it presents itself as the perfect ingredient to be put into any cosmetic cleanser, scrub or antimicrobial soap.
Aloe vera in traditional medicine
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