Monday, May 3, 2010

Aloe vera clinical study conclusion: it helps heal burns

There's a lot of hogwash about the mythical properties of aloe vera throughout the world. Yet this old medical herb (and vegetable) does have certain properties that are unique. It does prevent fungus infection (tinea) and have some antibacterial properties.

But the real question is -- does it really help heal your skin? According to the most recent publication about the subject in the journal Burns, it does. The meta analysis entitled "The efficacy of aloe vera used for burn wound healing: a systematic review" was written by Maenthaisong R, Chaiyakunapruk N, Niruntraporn S, and Kongkaew C.

Based on the meta-analysis using duration of wound healing as an outcome measure, aloe vera group was quicker to heal, roughly 8.79 days shorter. The evidence supports that aloe vera could be used as a complementary intervention in wound healing for first to second degree burns.

Four studies with a total of 371 patients were included in this review.

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