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Has secondary polycythmia and ulcerative colitis. Taking aloe vera to help colitis. Any effect on polycythmia?

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My sister has secondary polycythmia and ulcerative colitis. Will taking whole leaf aloe vera cause any problems for the polycythemis? It has helped her colitis tremendously.
Posted Thu, 24 Oct 2013 in Blood Disorders
Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain 45 minutes later
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Seeing a hematologist is a priority

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Hi and thanks for the query,

Polycythemia is a special condition that deserves a keen attention by a hematologist preferably. natural therapies do actually help, but their mechanisms of action and side effects are really not very understood.

In this case of your sister, I do not disagree the help Aloe vera might offer. But I would like you to realize that polycythemia has to do with blood cells, and any condition that could alter an already dysfunctional blood cells sytem could cause acute harm. Effects of aloe vera, especially negative ones have not been documented. Health consequences like liver problems have been described with people who took Aloe vera.

I would suggest, for prudence purposes, and considering the fact that a good evaluation and diagnosis by a hematologist, could offer more appropriate help to your sister, I strongly recommend you suspend the Aloe vera for now, and see into booking an appointment with a hematologist.

Thanks and hope this helps as I wish her the best of health. Feel free asking follow up questions in case you got any specific concerns.

Kind regards.

Bain LE, MD
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