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Aloe vera has its uses

From a clinical impression only, I am inclined to agree with Professor Edzard Ernst that aloe vera plant juice extracts do not seem to be very useful in IBS (Answer Back, October 27).

However, aloe vera is very useful for many skin infections in several parts of the body. This is in keeping with the historical knowledge of the plant. Also it is particularly useful for perineal problems, especially in women, and is apparently effective against a wide variety of pathogenic organisms.

It has considerable mucilaginous effects and is thus extremely useful as a sexual aid. The beauty is that any person can buy it as an ordinary tube of aloe vera gel in any health shop. The adverse effects of topical use as far as I know are minimal.

Dr Anthony Dunstan Fox

New Milton, Hampshire

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