Aloe vera dermal wound gel is associated with a delay in wound healing

Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Jul;78(1):115-7.


We evaluated the time interval required for wound healing using a standard wound management protocol with and without aloe vera gel. Twenty-one women were studied who had wound complications requiring healing by second intention after cesarean delivery or laparotomy for gynecologic surgery. Wounds treated with standard management healed in a mean (+/- SD) time interval of 53 +/- 24 days, whereas those treated with aloe vera gel required 83 +/- 28 days (P = .003). The use of aloe vera dermal wound gel was associated with a significant delay in wound healing compared with treatment with an otherwise identical regimen that did not include aloe vera.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aloe*
  • Cesarean Section* / methods
  • Female
  • Gels
  • Humans
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Time Factors
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*


  • Gels