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Aloe Vera (Herbal Medicine)

Aloe vera is a member of the succulent plant species that cannot be found naturally in the wild but only in cultivation. However, a closely related species of aloe grows in the wild in Northern Africa. Aloe is a genus that contains more than 500 species, with aloe vera being the most biologically active of the aloe species. The species of aloe has a number of different names, such as A. barbadensis Mill., Aloe indica Royle, Aloe perfoliata L. var. vera, and A. vulgaris Lam. More commonly recognized names include true aloe, Indian aloe, Barbados aloe, and Chinese aloe. Aloe vera has been used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years and is part of the repertory of traditional medicine today in ...

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