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Calendula - the Wound Healer

Written by Dr. Sheetal Kamble and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

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The another name for Calendula is 'English Marigold.' Calendula has a long history of use and has been considered as 'wound healer.' Calendula has been used not only by homeopathic physicians but also by the Western medicine and many surgeons. I have personally seen many surgeons using Calendula for dressing superficial to deep wounds like a diabetic ulcer, accidental injuries, stab wounds, etc.

How to Use Calendula?

  1. Calendula is available in the form of a cream, liquid, and mother tincture. It can be used internally and externally both.
  2. Calendula cream or ointment can be directly applied to the wound with a sterile dressing.
  3. Liquid or mother tincture cannot be directly applied. You need to add 5 to 10 drops of Calendula tincture in two teaspoons of water. Soak the dressing or gauze pad in the solution for few seconds, and then apply it to the wound and cover it with a sterile dressing.
  4. Calendula is also very effective in cases of burns. Calendula mother tincture or ointment proves very effective in healing the burnt area.

How Does Calendula Act as a Healing Agent?

  • Calendula has an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action. It mainly acts on the mucous membranes.
  • The antibacterial action of Calendula helps to prevent the bacterial growth, and thus promotes wound healing.
  • It also has a soothing effect. Hence, it immensely helps in relieving the sore, inflamed wounds, and produces a cooling effect at the site of injury.
  • Calendula also has antioxidant effects, which demonstrate the free radical scavenging activity against the radicals, and thus facilitates wound healing.
  • Calendula also fastens the wound granulation and secondary development of skin. Hence, many patients using Calendula feel less discomfort while dressing deep wounds.

Common Indications of Calendula:

  1. Open wound.
  2. At the site of the suture, after surgery.
  3. Diabetic ulcers or any skin ulcers.
  4. Deep cut or stab wounds.
  5. Insect bites and stings.
  6. Perineal tear during vaginal delivery.
  7. Wound after tooth extraction.
  8. Bleeding from a head or scalp, after an injury.

These are a few indications for Calendula. It can be used in many such open wound cases. It is worth keeping Calendula handy not only by a physician but everybody as well.

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Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018



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