Questions about ALOE for Ulcerative Colitis

So, I have been pondering about this lately, and doing a bit of research about aloe and how it effects people with ulcerative colitis, and every legitimate website I tend to come across is bleeding exaggeration from every sentence. “Now, Lisa, how do you know this when you have never tried the supplement?” First off, aloe itself would make you pass more bowl movements per day and not too mention make you have looser stools. The more blogs and testimonials I come across, I see the same issues, “looser stools, aloe losing its effects after a certain period of time, more blood” That doesn’t sound too thrilling if you ask me! I want to stop taking as much poops as I can! Not increase my time with the bloody toilet! Its already become my best friend, I don’t want to end up having to marry the stupid thing! And yes, I do understand that each supplement has different effects on different people, point given. But, I am sketchy about this whole aloe idea, until I see or hear otherwise. And I am sure that there has got to be some more cons that come from this than what people have been saying. I mean, come on, right?

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3 Responses to Questions about ALOE for Ulcerative Colitis

  1. matt February 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    I thought the same thing, so I tried it. I wrote a few posts about it on my blog. Even though it didn’t cure my colitis, like all the companies claimed, I did have some positive effects, and witnessed no negative effects, so… Take it for what you will.

    http://www.naturaldigestivehealing.com/blog/2010/11/11/all-about-aloe/

    http://www.naturaldigestivehealing.com/blog/2011/01/04/follow-up-to-180-days-of-aloe/

    From the peer review literature, I do believe aloe is healthy, an antioxidant, an immune system improving compound, and an antiinflammatory. I just don’t know that it will, by itself, do what the aloe companies say it will. It may help in conjunction with other things.

    To answer your question about having more stools: You need to get an aloe supplement that has had the aloin removed, and only uses the aloe gel. Aloin is a laxative. George’s always active aloe juice is the only one I know of that is safe for IBD.

  2. Catherine
    Catherine February 23, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Hi Lisa, I tried both aloe and slippery elm on the recommendation of my chiropractor and against the directions of SCD (which I was following then with some success, and now), and within a few days started getting more and looser BMs. It took me a few more days to check the SCD legal/illegal list and discover they are both illegal and another week for me to decide this was so bad, I’d stop taking them both. Within a week, I was back to where I had been before, with mostly formed stools and no blood and pain.

    I don’t have anything other than this to go on, but it really didn’t work for me (that said, it could have been the slippery elm, not the aloe, or a coincidence).

    All the best,

    Catherine

  3. Peter NZ February 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Hi,
    I found no improvement with aloe or slippery elm. Prednisone has worked wonders for me though.
    Cheers,
    Peter

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