(HealthDay News) -- Aloe vera is a plant that has been widely used for its healing abilities, the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says.
Topical aloe vera is likely to be safe and helpful for psoriasis and certain skin rashes, the center says.
But the center warns against consuming the plant orally. Cramps and diarrhea have been reported as symptoms of ingested aloe.
The center recommends telling your doctor about any "alternative" or "complementary" health approaches you use. This will give your doctor a full picture of how you manage your health, and help ensure safer care.