you can take the gel internally if it has been specially treated for consumption (although it doesn't taste very nice!)
I took about 2.5 -3 ounces every morning about a half hour before breakfast (because that's what the guy in the paper does) - but there are quite alot of conflicting guidlines on dosages. I've also read about people who take smaller amounts before every meal and those who take 2 ounces before breakfast and again before dinner - whatever though, it's best to take it on an empty subject
I think the aloe gel may work for some people because, it soothes the aggrevated lining of the bowel which UC causes (which is probably apparent by the bleeding sme suffer etc)
i'll quote the article which i'm taling about - from the Daily Mail, Tuesday October 11th 2004
" A drink made from the aloe vera plant is helping patients control the symptoms of UC, a diesase that effects the bowels. The plant ... appears to have healing properties for inflamation of the gut. Patients who suffrered years of discomfort without releif from conventional medicines claim to be free of symptoms after drinking a tiny amount of the juice [gel] every day. Their testimonies support British research last year which showed one in three sufferers experienced an improvement after drinking the plant solution."
It goes on to talk about a guy called Andy Woodward who uses the stuff.
"Andy Woodward (40), from Shipstonon-Stour in Warwickshire, turned to aloe vera after suffering for several years with painful collitis, 'I was away from home for more than four months of the year,' says Andy. 'On top of that, there was an awful lot of corporate hosptilatity, usually invoving rich food. I was meant to be a professional host, but sometimes I would end up lying in the back of the bus doubled up in pain while my clients went off to dinner." He tried over the counter remedies, to little effect, 'Nothing I took made any difference. They never relieved the symptons, they just postponed them slightly.'"
"Andy then heard about the aloe vera drink from a company called Forever Living Products. He began downing a sherry-glass full of the drink which costs between £12 and £18 a carton, each morning. 'Within a couple of weeks I noticed a difference. My morining stomach cramps were gone and I didn't get that knotted feeling anymore when i ate. That was for years ago and the only time I've had problems since has bee if I go travelling without it. Within days my symptoms return.'
For more information on aloe vera drinks go to www.foreverliving.com"
There are plenty of companies that sell Foreverlivings products over the net, but you can't seem to buy them in stores. Although i suppose other companies gel will be just as good aslong as they contain a high percentaage of aloe and aren't whole leaf products. And once again, make sure you get the gel not the juice which is a laxative!
Hope that helps!