Aloe Vera Treats and Prevents Skin Cancer

aloe and cancerA number of new studies are showing that Aloe vera can both prevent and even treat melanoma.

Research from the University of Belgrade’s School of Medicine confirmed what previous studies on Aloe-emodin found. The biochemical inhibit the process of skin cancer growth – also called cancer cell proliferation.

The researchers tested Aloe-emodin on human skin cells called keratinocytes after being treated with radiation. Once radiated, keratinocytes will typically proliferate (expand) into skin cancer tumors.

The researchers found that the Aloe-emodin significantly stopped the proliferation process. This confirmed Aloe’s benefit in halting the progression of tumor formation after radiation by the sun.

A similar result was found by researchers from South Korea’s Gachon University of Medicine and Science. They determined that Aloe-emodin specifically halted the growth of human cancerous liver cells. The researchers found that Aloe-emodin stimulated a genetic change within the cancerous cells that not only halted their expansion, but induced cell death among the cancer cells.

Researchers from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology found that Aloe-emodid was able to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells. The Aloe-emodin also induced cell death among the individual cancer cells.

These studies of human cells confirm similar findings in animal research – showing the application of Aloe vera gel onto the skin significantly inhibits the progression of skin cancer.

China Medical University researchers determined that another Aloe constituent called Rhein also produced anticancer effects. They found that tumor progression was halted and cancer cell death occurred as a result of Rhein.


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Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and a Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn our health around. As I drove home that night, I realized this knowledge should be available to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.”

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