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April 2, 2014

Aloe Vera – The Plant of Immortality

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Nearly 6000 years ago the Egyptians used this spiky green plant with the gel-like center for various medicinal uses.  Since ancient times people all over the world have adopted aloe vera to treat everything from sunburns to hair loss.  Internally juice or powder (dried and ground plant matter) has amazing detoxifying and soothing effects.

Aloe vera powder is added to our Excel Daily Digestive Supplement to offset the negative side effects of gastric upset. Some symptoms associated with gastrointestinal distress are:

  • ulcers
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea
  • body soreness (especially over the low back/lumbar area)
  • cribbing
  • sensitivity over the sides (especially over the last rib)

The most common symptom is cinchiness or girthiness.  Other symptoms include:

  • Anxiousness
  • anger
  • defensiveness
  • dead sided
  • weaving
  • stall walking
  • teeth grinding

If you suspect your horse has ulcers please visit last week’s post on Excel to view our ulcer palpation video.  If you want to learn more about Excel, please visit our online store.

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