Topical aloe appears to inhibit infection and promote healing of minor burns and wounds, frostbite, and skin affected by diseases such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, although studies have had conflicting results. Dried aloe latex should be ingested with caution as a drastic cathartic, but its use is not recommended. In 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration required all over-the-counter aloe laxative products to be removed from the US market or reformulated because manufacturers have not provided the necessary safety data. Limited data with commercial preparations of leaf gel powder and extracts suggest benefits in glycemic and lipid control in metabolic syndrome.
Documented adverse effects with ingestion; do not use. Cathartic, reputed abortifacient.