Aloe Vera Laxative Properties

The Aloe vera plant can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. It has a multitude of natural remedy uses such as:

  • A topical cleanser to heal wounds and for various skin conditions
  • Oral laxative
  • Osteoarthritis, burns, and sunburns.

For laxative purposes, dried latex from the inner lining of aloe leaves contain strong laxative compounds. There is strong scientific evidence in support of the laxative properties of aloe latex, based on the well-established cathartic properties of anthroquinone glycosides (found in aloe latex). However, aloe’s therapeutic value compared with other approaches to constipation remains unclear.

Aloe latex works by preventing water from absorbing from the bowel. This increases the volume of its contents and hastens the passage through the intestines.

Because aloe latex can cause painful cramping, milder herbal laxatives such as cascara sagrada and senna are usually recommended first.