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How Desert Harvest’s Aloe Vera Supplement Relieved 92% of Interstitial Cystitis Symptoms

Aloe vera plant

Desert Harvest is a provider of nutritional and natural skin care products, harnessing the extraordinary healing powers of the aloe vera plant so that you can unleash the benefits in your own body. The founders of Desert Harvest sponsored the first aloe vera clinical trial, and their supplement relieved 92% of interstitial cystitis symptoms.


The Beginnings of Desert Harvest

Pat and Mike Criscito founded Desert Harvest after Pat’s sister experienced healing relief from interstitial cystitis (IC) after sampling aloe vera capsules at an alternative health conference. The only downside to the aloe vera they tried was that she had to take nearly the entire bottle to experience relief. The Criscitos were eager to discover more about the healing benefits of aloe vera. They hired a chemist to develop a super-potent aloe vera extract and founded Desert Harvest shortly thereafter.

Interstitial Cystitis Aloe Vera Clinical Trial Results

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a painful, chronic bladder condition that affects over 8 million women world-wide. Desert Harvest instigated and sponsored the first double-blind, placebo-controlled trial clinical trial of aloe vera in IC patients. The successful results revealed that 92% experienced significant relief of one or more IC symptoms using Desert Harvest’s products. Desert Harvest is currently planning additional studies.

Why Desert Harvest’s Aloe Vera Supplement Is Superior

Desert Harvest utilizes a revolutionary, patented process to extract the aloe vera for their supplements. Each bottle of Desert Harvest’s aloe vera capsules is produced by a whole-leaf, cold-processed, freeze-dried method, resulting in a “super-strength” aloe vera whose quality is unsurpassed. Desert Harvest’s aloe vera is superior in a market where most bottled aloe vera is highly diluted or made from only one portion of the plant. Desert Harvest’s bottled aloe vera extract contains the concentrated extract of a three-foot-wide, three-foot-tall aloe vera plant in 180 capsules.

In his book, “Aloe Vera: A Mission Discovered”, Lee Ritter points out:

“Dr. Reginald McDaniel indicated to me that, of over 200 Aloe vera beverages tested in the mid-1980’s, only three contained a sufficient content of Aloe to be of any medical value to the consumer. The tests that I have run would indicate that, even today, less than one percent of readily available brands contain acceptable levels of Aloe vera.”

Today it is an honor and a privilege to interview Pat Criscito, the founder of Desert Harvest. Welcome to EMaxHealth, Pat. Thank you for sharing with us today about your amazing company and incredible products all derived from aloe vera.

Q. Your website states that aloe vera contains amino acids. Could you expound upon how many it contains and whether or not people with anxiety have benefited from taking your aloe vera capsules?

A. We have not specifically measured how much amino acids are in our aloe vera powder, but basic research has been conducted on aloe vera and amino acids. Here is a link to the study on our Physician’s Portal that breaks down the amino acid content of aloe vera. We have not specifically studied our aloe in patients with anxiety, but if there is a correlation between amino acids and anxiety it’s possible there may be some benefit.

Q. Has anyone experienced eczema relief from taking your aloe vera capsules internally and/or externally applying your aloe vera skincare products?

A. There has been extensive research conducted on aloe vera and eczema. We recommend the use of the Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gele for customers with eczema. Aloe vera helps the skin create its own internal water source for the skin to stay hydrated, which is key to improving eczema symptoms. My own son has been battling severe eczema since he was 6 months old. When he was a baby we used to have to soak him in a bathtub twice a day and wrap him in wet footie pajamas and then put another dry one on top to keep his skin hydrated. Now at 14 years old, my son doesn’t exactly fit into wet footie pajamas anymore. He just utilizes the Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gele daily.

Q. Your company has an impressive skincare line utilizing aloe vera as a primary ingredient. What is your best-selling skin care product and why?

A. Our first skin care product was the Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gele and as such, remains our top-selling skin care product to this day. The Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gele reaches a broad audience. It can be used for a simple sunburn to vulvodynia to Sjogren’s Disease, the list goes on. At 80% concentrated aloe vera, it harnesses all the benefits of our specially, patent-processed aloe vera without harsh chemicals and parabens. It leaves the skin feeling soft, without any sticky residue and is scent-free.

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Q. Because aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory properties, do people with autoimmune conditions notice an improvement after supplementing Desert Harvest's aloe vera capsules?

A. In 2016 a white paper was published that showed that over 65% of our patient population has an associated Autoimmune disorder. Here is a link to that data. Many of those patients have provided us with anecdotal data showing some associated benefit for the symptoms of their autoimmune disorder while taking the Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera. Here is a link to all the research we have compiled on the immune system and aloe vera. As a testimonial, my mother has rheumatoid arthritis and as the founder of the company she has been taking nine capsules per day of our Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera since 1993. She used to have to take up to 80 milligrams of prednisone a day. Since taking the aloe vera capsules she is down to 5 or 10 milligrams a day.

Q. What is Desert Harvest's #1 best-seller?

A. Our best-seller is our original product that started the company, Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules.

Q. Are all of Desert Harvest's products gluten-free and soy-free?

A. All of our products are gluten-free and soy-free, as well as free from all common allergens.

Q. Are all of your scented skincare products sourced from essential oils?

A. We only scent one of our products, our Key Lime Hand & Body Lotion. We do use essential oils to scent that product. Otherwise, if any other product has a scent it is because of one of the natural ingredients in the product, such as the Releveum that has a slight Calendula scent to it.

Q. I know Desert Harvest sponsored the first clinical trial for aloe vera with impressive results. Is there further scientific research concerning aloe vera in progress?

A. Desert Harvest is committed to research and as such are constantly conducting or preparing to conduct various studies. We recently conducted a white paper analysis of our entire patient population in the spring of 2016. Here is a link to those most recent results. We did this as part of a grant proposal we submitted to the NIH at the beginning of 2017 to conduct a large scale, multi-center study of the Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules and Interstitial Cystitis patients. We had some of the top Interstitial Cystitis doctors on-board to participate in the study, but we unfortunately did not receive the grant. We are currently looking at alternative sources of funding, so we haven’t given up yet. Additionally, we are currently writing protocols with Duke University to study the benefits of post-menopausal using the Desert Harvest Aloe Glide for vaginal dryness and we are currently study the benefits of the Releveum for radiation dermatitis at Rochester Regional Health Center in Rochester, New York.

Q. I was amazed at the list of aloe vera's health benefits on your website. In your general estimation, how soon do people begin to notice a difference from taking Desert Harvest's aloe vera supplement?

A. All of our research is based on Interstitial Cystitis. In our study at the Urology Wellness Center in Rockville, Maryland the longest it took a patient to respond if they were going to respond to the Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules was three months. It has always varied from case-to-case. We have some patients that respond almost immediately and others that follow our escalation dosage protocol for the full three months before they respond.

Q. Would you say that interstitial cystitis is one of the top health conditions that Desert Harvest's aloe vera has helped to alleviate for many people?

A. Desert Harvest was started in 1993 because my aunt had interstitial cystitis. My parents formulated Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules specifically for the interstitial cystitis patient. What started as my parents trying to help my aunt developed into a drive to help all interstitial cystitis patients. So, yes, interstitial cystitis is one of the top health conditions that Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules was developed for. However, over the years we have found that many companion diseases to IC were responding to the aloe vera at the same time, so we have broadened our market to include immune-modulated diseases, diabetes, digestive disorders, among others.


Pat has certainly done her research, and she is a wellspring of wisdom on the many virtues of the aloe vera plant. I confess I am awed by the healing benefits of aloe vera. This plant holds the secrets to relieving so many health ailments in its spiky, green leaves, and Desert Harvest has done an exemplary job at making it available to us in its purest, most concentrated form.

Check out these other great articles by EMaxHealth: Aloe Vera May Be Good for Teeth and Gums, 3 Ways to Fight Bladder Problems Caused by Obesity, and New Eczema Product Line By Kamedis Produces Amazing Clinical Results.



I have follicular cystitis. Will this product help me? Thank you
Hi Mary! I tried looking your condition up on Desert Harvest's website, but I didn't find any relevant articles right off the bat. I would contact Pat Criscito, the founder, and ask if the product has had any success treating your condition. I'm sure she would be more than happy to help you. I linked the website in this article. I hope you find the help and healing you seek! Blessings, Kaitlin Covel
My granddaughter was diagnosed with ic she is 20 has a autoimmune that they haven't diagnosed yet has terrible pain will this help her this last surgery they found ulcers in the bladder Botox worked the first time but not this time I pray for help for her how do you get this and what is the cost thanks
Hi Sue! I am so sorry for your granddaughter's struggle with autoimmunity. I know what a battle autoimmune disorders can be because I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. You can purchase this product at desert harvest dot com. There are discounts available for new customers and bulk orders! I pray your granddaughter finds healing, and I hope this information helps you! Blessings, Kaitlin Covel
I recently was diagnosed with IC and I am looking for a product to help with my symptoms as I am sure we all are. Please let me know more info about your product. The cost how to order etc.
I would like to try your product for my IC. i have had IC since 1978. I was not properly diagnosed till 1997. I have been on ELMIRON since then to mitigate the symptoms of frequency, pain, urgency. I am a male sufferer.