State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f.

  • Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
  • Vernacular names: Kattarvazha, കറ്റാര്‍വാഴ (Malayalam), Indian aloe (English), Kumari (Sanskrit), Gheekumari (Hindi), Chotthu kathalai (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Mediterranean Islands; naturalised in Florida, West Indies, Central America and Asia
  • Description: Succulent Herbs. Leaves radical, aggregated, ensiform, fleshy, spinous on margins. Racemes terminal. Flowers reddish.
  • Habit: Herb
  • Habitat: Widely cultivated as medicinal plants
  • Flowering & Fruiting: September-November

  • Parts used: Leaves
  • Properties & Uses: Anthelmintic, purgative, carminative, depurative, diuretic and stomachic. Leaf juice is used to treat skin diseases, dyspepsia, amenorrhoea, burns, colic, hyperadenosis, hepatopathy, splenopathy, constipation, wounds, ulcer, diabetes, abdominal tumors, dropsy, carbuncles, lumbago and flatulence. Juice of this plant, is used for helminthiasis in children. Gel is useful in ulcerative colitis and pressure ulcers. Aloe gel is also used to treat wounds, minor burns, skin irritations and internally to treat constipation, cough, ulcer, diabetes, headache, arthritis, immune-system deficiencies.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk, Unani, Modern,
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