In previous articles I discussed the use of aloe vera as a means of boosting patients' immune systems to treat various serious illnesses, and in one article I told of my success in treating my pancreatitis by boosting my immune system by drinking aloe vera juice. I also discussed how the medical authorities in the UK are boosting patients' immune systems to treat pancreatitic cancer and plan to use the same treatment on other cancers.

Before a drug company can launch a drug onto the market and make claims about its effect, the drug has to undergo lengthy and expensive testing. If it passes these tests, various national medical authorities around the world then allow the drug to be sold and prescribed by doctors. Natural treatments produced by smaller companies can sell their products but they are not allowed to claim the treatment will actually cure the ailment. That is, of course, a big handicap; especially if the treatment is natural a treatment that relies on a product produced by nature cannot be patented, and no company is going to spend huge sums to run clinical trials for a product that a competitor can easily reproduce and sell without having to pay for a similar trial.

The ideal answer to this is to persuade a group of doctors to undergo a clinical trial but, let's face it, doctors are busy people and have other things to do. So it was with great excitement that the world's largest producer of aloe vera heard the news that a group of hospitals were to carry out a trial on the effects of treating psoriasis with an aloe vera cream. Other doctors had experienced success at treating individual patients who suffered from psoriasis with an aloe vera based cream, but it takes a placebo-controlled double-blind trial with a group of patients before any clinical trial will be taken seriously. 'Placebo-controlled' means that half the patients are given the genuine treatment and the other half is given one that looks similar but has no medical benefit. 'Double-blind' means that neither the patients nor the doctors know which half of the group was given the genuine treatment until after the trial is over.

The trial found that 83.3% of the patients given the aloe vera treatment were cured of plaque psoriasis (the most common type). That's not everyone of course, but the number is sufficiently high to suggest that this natural treatment for psoriasis is worth trying. No side effects were reported in the trial.

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