e-Science : October 2015 Issue 15
Alternative treatments Currently, research is being undertaken to look at alternative treatments for EGUS. At the University of Adelaide, we are performing a study to compare the effect of aloe vera to omeprazole on gastric ulcer healing. Aloe vera is a plant which is grown in tropical climates. It has been used for the treatment of wounds for centuries and the inner leaf gel is commonly used to treat sunburn in humans. View the relevance to the Australian Curriculum Download our suggested lesson plan So why use aloe vera for the treatment of stomach ulcers? Previous studies have suggested that aloe vera has anti–ulcer properties and it has been used to successfully treat stomach ulceration in humans and rats under experimental conditions. The healing and anti-ulcer properties of aloe vera have been attributed to a variety of possible mechanisms, including stimulation of mucus production, antiinflammatory properties, the ability to regulate acid production and the stimulation of prostaglandin production. However, there is a lack of evidence confirming what the mechanism is, so it’s currently unclear exactly how aloe vera promotes ulcer and wound healing. To date, no studies have investigated the use of aloe vera for the treatment of equine stomach ulcers, although some horse owners are already using it for this purpose. It is anticipated that the results of our study will help to inform owners of the usefulness of this alternative treatment for EGUS. Did you enjoy this article? You may like to consider studying one of the following degrees in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide: Bachelor of Applied Biology Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Science (Advanced) Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) Find out more about these degrees here: www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/degrees/ Have feedback or got a question? Click here to contact us.
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