Aloe Helps Keep Trauma Victims Alive

Fluid from the aloe vera plant could help keep trauma victims alive, which could have a major impact on battlefield casualties and civilian emergencies. Tests on rats show that the sticky fluid found inside the leaves of aloe vera can help preserve organ function after massive blood loss, and helps keep victims alive until they can get a blood transfusion. Small injections of the substance helped counteract the more immediate deadly effects of blood loss, so medics would only need to carry a small amount of the solution with them. The mucilage from inside aloe leaves is rich in sugar compounds called polysaccharides that affect the qualities of fluid. Trauma is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 40 in the United States, killing 150,000 people a year. Loss of blood accounts for nearly almost half these deaths, so this finding has the potential to save many lives.

Shock August 2004;22(2):151-156

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