aEnvironmental Futures Research Institute, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
bSchool of Natural Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
Published: September 2017
Type: Medicinal Plant Images
Aloe is a genus of approximately 400 succulent plants, many of which are native to Africa. Plants of the genus Aloe have one of the longest recorded history of medicinal usage and are amongst the most widely used plants for traditional medicinal purposes worldwide. The Aloes have been used since ancient times, particularly for the treatment of microbial infections, gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory conditions1. Aloe vera, Aloe ferox, Aloe arborescens and Aloe perryi are the best known and most widely used, although many other species are also used for their therapeutic properties. Despite their wide spread usage, studies from different laboratories often report wide variations in the therapeutic bioactivities from Aloe spp., with some studiers reporting potent antibacterial activity2,3, yet other studies reporting a complete lack of activity4. Read more . . .