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Aloe vera jelly no cure for excess urination, pelvic pain

A message shared on Facebook in Nigeria claims aloe vera jelly will cure excessive urination and pelvic pain. 

“Aloe vera for frequent urination,” it begins. “If you can not rest all day because of frequent urination or even at night you use the wash room countless times this remedy is for you. This remedy will help those that cannot hold urine but if they enter toilet 5seconds they have offloaded all in the bladder, always small quantity but countless visit to washroom. This reduces pelvic pain too.”

It then gives directions on how to extract the jelly and the amount to use, adding that “if you do this for 8 days your system will reset well”.

But does the remedy really work? We checked.

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Aloe vera belongs to the Asphodelaceae family and grows in hot and dry climates. A clear, jelly-like substance is found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf.

“I am aware people use it, but there isn’t any scientific research to support its use to treat both frequent urination and pelvic pain,” Prof  Sulyman Kuranga, a consultant urologist, told Africa Check.

“There are a lot of patients who present these conditions at the hospital, and there are various drugs we use as treatment. Those whose conditions cannot be treated with drugs undergo surgery.”

He said excessive urination and pelvic pain could be caused by one of a range of conditions, with various treatment options available depending on the cause.

Kuranga added that anyone experiencing frequent urination or pelvic pain should visit a doctor or hospital for proper diagnosis and treatment. – Catherine Olorunfemi


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