The below doses are based on scientific research, publications, traditional use, or expert opinion. Many herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested, and safety and effectiveness may not be proven. Brands may be made differently, with variable ingredients, even within the same brand. The below doses may not apply to all products. You should read product labels, and discuss doses with a qualified healthcare provider before starting therapy.
Adults (18 years and older)
In general, pure Aloe vera gel is often used liberally on the skin 3-4 times daily for the treatment of sunburn and other minor burns. Creams and lotions are also available. Skin products are available that contain aloe alone or aloe combined with other active ingredients.
For constipation, 0.04-0.17 grams of dried juice (corresponding to 10-30 milligrams of the aloe constituents hydroxyanthraquinones) taken by mouth has been recommended. Dried aloe juice (150 milligrams) has been taken by mouth daily for 28 days in combination with celandine and psyllium.
For diabetes (type 2), 5-15 milliliters of aloe juice has been taken by mouth twice daily.
For dental plaque and gingivitis, a dentifrice containing Aloe vera has been used three times daily for 30 days.
For genital herpes, a hydrophilic cream of 0.5% (by weight) of a 50% ethanol extract, combined with liquid paraffin and castor oil, has been used on affected areas three times daily for five days in a row per week, for up to two weeks.
For HIV infection, 1,000-1,600 milligrams of the aloe constituent acemannan has been taken by mouth in four equal doses daily for 48 weeks.
For lichen planus, an Aloe vera gel has been applied twice daily to affected area(s) for eight weeks.
For psoriasis vulgaris, a water-soluble cream of 0.5% (by weight) of a 50% ethanol extract of aloe, combined with mineral and castor oils, has been used three times daily for five days in a row per week, for up to four weeks.
For skin burns, a 97.5% Aloe vera gel has been applied to affected area(s) for two days in a row.
Children (younger than 18 years)
Topical (skin) use of aloe gel in children is common and appears to be well tolerated. However, a dermatologist and pharmacist should be consulted before starting therapy. Aloe taken by mouth has not been studied in children and theoretically may have harmful effects, such as lowering blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is not recommended.