Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Most people think of aloe as something they put on sunburns. It works well for that, yes, but it also has many other healing properties: it's a good general analgesic, a digestive stimulant and gentle laxative, and, it turns out, a life-saving treatment for shock. UPMC researchers found that an aloe extract, injected into animals with severe blood loss, significantly increased survival times and rates. The release talks mainly about battlefield applications (sad that this is how most life-saving research gets funded), but the implications for more every-day trauma treatment are incredible. The slightest increase in the time an ambulance has to get a victim to the hospital would hugely improve outcomes.