Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a species of the Aloe plant from the lily family. There is no scientific evidence to prove that aloe can treat any type of cancer. Usually, people use the gel from the leaves of an Aloe Vera plant to soothe minor skin problems. It is also known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Usually, it is not advisable to ingest any form of this plant without consulting a medical professional.

Aloe Vera and Cancer

  • The gel from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant is used for wound healing and burns which can be caused by radiotherapy treatments.
  • Some studies suggest that certain constituents of Aloe have immune-modulating and anti-cancer effects.
  • In liver cancer cells, Emodin from Aloe Vera inhibited cell growth and induced apoptosis. Aloe-emodin also enhanced the effects of radiotherapy.
  • Administering Aloe with Chemotherapy may prevent or reduce oral mucositis in patients. Further, it can benefit patients with metastatic cancers.

However, many of these findings are inconsistent.


  • Indus Valley Bio Organic Non-Toxic Aloe Vera Gel for Acne, Scars, Glowing & Radiant Skin Treatment-175ml – Amazon Link
  • Herbal Trends – Qty 1 Ltr. Herbal Trends Aloe Vera Drinking Gel (Juice) – Amazon Link

We recommend that you talk to a medical practitioner before starting any treatment.

References & More Information

  1. Credit: Beyond Conventional Care Therapies
  2. Integrative Oncology Cancer Care
  3. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s About Herbs website: Aloe Vera
  4. Cancer Research UK. Aloe
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