Alo vera (Ghritakumari Gheekumar, Lalisara, Chirukattali, Kumarpathu).
Aloes taste bitter. It increases intestinal movement, causes congestion of pelvic organs and may precipitate abortion as an emenagogue.
The dried juice of the plant parts contain a glycoside, barbaloin.
Signs and symptoms – When swallowed it causes pain in the abdomen, vomiting, diarrhoea and inflammation of the kidneys. In pregnant women it may cause reflex abortion.
Treatment – Symptomatic.
Medicolegal aspects – Quackary use to procure abortion.