Aloes is the inspissated juice obtained from the leaves of several species of Aloe, a West Indies plant of the family Liliaceae. Three varieties are found in commerce: the Socatrine, the Curaçao, and the Cape.

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Consult U. S. P. IX. to determine source of your sample.

Aloinum is an active principle derived from Aloes. Dose, 0.015 Gm.

Aloes is a rather sharp purgative, acting chiefly on the distal portion of the large bowel. Average dose, 0.25 Gm.; this will cause severe griping in a susceptible individual.

Aloes is an ingredient in each of the following official preparations: Pilulae Aloes, Pilulae Rhei Compositae, Tinctura Aloes, and Tinctura Benzoini Composita.