Foreign.—The juice which resolves itself into a very bitter resin is used in medicine as a stimulant cathartic, acting chiefly on the lower bowels; it is a tonic when taken in small doses. —There are three kinds of Aloes, Socotrine, or Cape, Barbadoes, and Hepatic. The former is the best, being the mildest in its effects. For indigestion, lowness of spirits, and jaundice, aloes are serviceable, as they stimulate action on the rectum; and also on the uterus; therefore must not be prescribed in piles, nor in pregnancy. Pills are the best form for taking it. It is best to combine them with other purgatives to prevent after constipation. As they act on the colon and rectum, they expel ascarides, or seat worms. Dose from 3 to 10 grains, if taken alone.
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