Today for the first time ever I wanna shows you guys my beloved roommate! It’s a secret that I never reveal to anybody else in my whole entire life. Be sure to keep it secret just in this blog, ok?
Before that, let we imagine how he looks like. He has a nice looking body aka tuff, I guest. His hair is spiky like you never seen before in TV. His face is more superior than me aka handsome. When I look at him, I can feel the joy of love. Ah, a nice face that reminisce me love of a childhood memories.
The first time he enter my room, he enlighten my room with happy joy. It feels so good that I fall in love with him for the first sigh. He sure drinks a lot of water. Every single day he can drink more than a cup of 1 litre water for sure. For what? To maintain his tuff body. yeah~ Awesome. It make me more fall in love with him.
My passion towards him increase day by day. I don’t know how, but just looking at him makes me forget about all my problems for the day. I know it’s bad, but I just can’t help it. He is to beautiful yet handsome for me…
He always listen to my problem. It seems that he really understand me well. We have the chemistry of living together, you know.
There he is, stood in front of my room saying good morning every morning without missing it…
Everyday Tajam greets me with happy ‘face’.His name is Tajam aka Aloe vera (lidah buaya commonly known).
What? You thought my roommate was a guy? You’re totally wrong dude.
Tajam has grown big since I took it from my home, UK, Perak.He is still a living being right? I can consider him as best roommate ever I lived in UPM, though this year I don’t have any human being roommate.
So this is the real description of his look from botany perspective.
Description: Aloe vera Mill. is a short-stemmed, up to 50 cm, succulent herb with thick green leaves that have a sharp and pointed apex, 15–50 cm by 4–7 cm, arranged in a rosette around the short stem. Blade is green to variegate with small white or glaucous dots, irregular bands, lanceolate, tapering from base to apex, glabrous with green and spiny-toothed margins. The leaves contain a thick colourless juice. Flowers are yellow, orange or red, crowded into a rosette and in panicles.For your concern, Tajam is natively from my home in Ulu Kinta. He grew from there. Incase you don’t know, his ancestor is way back form North Africa. Black people used it for Shaman magic to kill pimples and any related skin disease…
(hey, I’m just joking bout it.)
I actually use him for the treatment of pimples, acne and mouth ulcers. But seldom use for that kind of treatment because it’s sad to see him hurt just for me.
What do you know, Tajam always talk about his benefits and all. Lets read about it here;
Benefits: It has also been used to control bleeding, itching of piles, (and relief from arthritic pains.
The Chinese uses the plant juice as a mild laxative, wash for piles, abscesses
and scabies. In the Philippines, it is used to treat dysentery and pain in the
kidneys. The plant has been found to treat bacterial infection, as a cathartic,
emmenagogue, purgative and vermifuge. It can be used in the treatment of
burns, oedema, pain, swellings and wounds; treatment of leukemia, lung
cancer; treatment of constipation, eczema, piles and pertussis.
The whole 9 plant has also been used for the treatment of rectal fissures and piles while the root is used to treat colic.
The juice from the leaves is used to increase menstrual flow.
The jelly is used as aperient, for wounds, applied on the abdomen in fever, after confinement, on swelling and is especially useful in correcting constipation due to intake of iron medication.
Fresh juice of the leaves is cathartic and cooling and used for various eye diseases.
The dried juice is applied with lime juice for reducing swellings and promoting
granulation in ulcers.
In Malaysia, it is used for treating wounds, fever, swellings and put on the abdomen of women after confinement. The mixture of sugar with sap obtained from heated leaves is taken for asthma. The mucilaginous flesh and the sap are used for burns. The watery extract is used as a hair tonic. It is also used in cosmetics for decreasing wrinkles and other skin problems. It is mixed with milk and given for dysentery and pains in the kidney.
Dosage: Single dose of powdered Aloe, 50–200 mg at bedtime; tincture BPC
1949 (1:40, 45% ethanol), 2–8 ml. Aloes should only be taken for short
periods, maximum 8–10 days.
Doses of 10–30 mg act as a bitter stomachic;
60–200 mg as a laxative and 300–1000 mg as a purgative.
A dose of 1 teaspoon after meals, or otherwise advised by manufacturers and practitioners has been reported.
To prevent kidney stones, a dose of 2 to 3 tablespoon daily is reported. As a laxative, the recommended dose is 500 to 1000 mg daily. For burns or wound healing, fresh gel from plant may be applied topically and liberally. For haemorrhoids, as a stool softener, 0.05 to 2 g of dry aloe extract is administered. In the treatment of HIV, 800 to 1600 mg of acemannan daily (equivalent to 0.5 to 1 L of Aloe vera juice) is administered.
To relieve constipation, 20 to 30 mg hydroxyanthracene derivatives daily,
calculated as anhydrous aloin is prescribed.
Adverse Reactions: Barbaloin was shown to have a laxative effect.
Ingestion of A. vera is associated with diarrhoea, electrolyte imbalance,
4. Aloe vera Mill.10 A Guide to Medicinal Plants kidney dysfunction, and conventional drug interactions; episodes of contact dermatitis, erythema, and phototoxicity have been reported from topical applications.
A. vera could also induce acute liver damage.
Toxicity: Severe gastrointestinal cramping can occur if the latex (which is
just below the leaf surface) is taken internally. Toxic doses cause severe haemorrhagic diarrhoea and kidney damage, and sometimes death. The lethal dose of the dried plant extract is stated to be 1 g/day taken for a period of
Contraindications: Contraindicated in intestinal obstruction, acute inflam-
matory intestinal diseases (e.g., Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis),
appendicitis and idiopathic abdominal pain. Should not be used during
pregnancy. Should not be given to children below 12 years of age.
Should avoid application of Aloe topically on deep, vertical wounds. Contraindicated in menstruation and if the person has kidney complaints.
Drug-Herb Interactions: Increase the actions of cardiac glycosides and
antiarrhythmic drugs (chronic use of aloe causes potassium loss), thiazide
diuretics, loop diuretics, licorice and corticosteroids.
Aloe gel, when taken orally, can reduce the absorption of many medications. Thus, it should be taken two hours apart from all medications.
A study reported that Aloe vera preparations improved the absorption of both vitamins C and E.
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