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Article by Fiona McColl
Aloe Vera aids Burn Treatment and Wound Healing with natural antiseptics. Aloe Vera's nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin burns and wounds whilst moisturising skin at the cell level. Aloe Vera limits the body's production of scar tissue, stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells making it the perfect scar treatment.
Aloe Vera speeds up the healing process of burns and skin wounds, stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells, and limits the body’s production of scar tissue.The species Aloe Barbadensis is recommended extensively by naturopaths, Doctors & Specialists throughout the world. Aloe Vera is able to hydrate, heal and encourage skin renewal.
Aloe Vera’s natural soothing components ease your skin, whilst it begins work on the damaged areas. Aloe Vera is a mild anaesthetic, antibacterial & antifungal and contains anti-inflammatory acids. Aloe Vera soothes inflammed, burned skin and irritated skin and reduces the chance of skin infections. Aloe Vera will relieve itching, swelling, redness and pain.
Modern research on Aloe Vera began in 1935 when CE Collins M.D began treating burns, caused by unsophisticated X-ray techniques, with Aloe Vera. They discovered that burn wounds healed more quickly and left less scar tissue when fresh aloe Vera gel was applied than when other skin burn treatment was used. Other medical researchers found that aloe Vera also worked to reduce pain, itching, scars and to fight infection.
Applied to skin burns and wounds, Aloe Vera is a mild anaesthetic, relieving itching, swelling, and pain: it is antibacterial and antifungal, increases blood flow to wounded areas, and stimulates fibroblasts, the skin cells responsible for wound healing.
Aloe Vera is recognised for its ability to soothe burns. In a study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, 27 patients with moderate burn wounds were treated with a gauze coated in either aloe vera gel or Vaseline™ (petroleum jelly). The burns healed more quickly in the group using Aloe Vera for burns, with an average healing time of 12 days compared to 18 days for the group using Vaseline.
According to Elizabeth Burdick, MS., a microbiologist and skin therapist who treats burn patients in California, scar tissue is thick like cactus and is produced by basal cells that are found in the last layer of the derma.“When the skin is burned or traumatised, Within 24hours the basal cells travel up to the epidermal layer and produce a scab. Underneath the scab, keratinised tissue forms, which is thick scar tissue created to protect the body from trauma.”According to Burdick, aloe vera interferes with the process of scar formation. “We don’t know exactly what the mechanism is, but somehow the aloe vera causes skin cells to regenerate so rapidly. The new epidermal skin cells begin closing off the injured area. While the body will still produce a scab-like covering, it doesn’t have a thick, rough texture to it. Underneath the scab is healthy skin tissue, not Keratinised tissue or scar tissue.
Aloe Vera was used to treat patients who suffered radiation burns from the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings. American medical teams who examined these patients noted accelerated tissue regeneration and healing and the reduction of pain and scarring.
Aloe Vera penetrates rapidly and deeply, infusing the damaged, irritated skin with desperately needed essential moisture. It is able to reduce redness and pain as well as hydrate, heal and protect extremely dry skin and sensitive skin. It is cooling, soothing and moisturising, and it stimulates the growth of new cells and skin tissue with natural steroids, enzymes and amino acids. Aloe Vera also contains a potent blocker which provides the skin the components to rejuvenate itself at the cell level.
History has shown the benefits of Aloe Vera Dermatologist James Fulton, M.D., of Newport Beach, California uses topical aloe vera in his practice to speed wound healing. "Any wound we treat, whether it's a cut or removing a skin cancer, heals better with aloe Vera on it," he states.
Aloe Vera is a natural moisturiser, fragrance and oil free. Amino acids in this healing plant help the growth of new skin cells. Aloe Vera penetrates rapidly and deeply, it is able hydrate, heal and encourage skin renewal.
4 Feb 2010
Last Update: 21 Feb 2011
Article/Information supplied by Fiona McColl
Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.