Insufficient reliable information available to assess safety. PRACTICE POINTS/PATIENT COUNSELLING
• Calendula has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity and promotes wound healing.
• European text books recommend calendula for inflammation of the skin, poorly healing wounds, bruises, boils, rashes, bed sores, dermatitis resulting from chilblains, wound healing after amputations, cracked nipples during pregnancy and lactation, acne, sunburns, burns and nappy rashes. Calendula is also indicated for pharyngitis and tonsillitis (Bisset 1994, Bruneton 1999, Evans 2002, Issac 1992).
• There is some evidence from clinical trials that calendula may be beneficial in the treatment of burns, wounds and gastrointestinal inflammation and ulceration.
• People who are sensitive or allergic to foods or plants from the Compositae family should use calendula with caution.
ANSWERS TO PATIENTS' FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What will this herb do for me?
Calendula Is used for Inflammatory skin conditions, including poor wound healing, burns and ulcers, due to its non-irritant, antiseptic and healing properties. Internally it is used for inflammation and ulceration of the digestive tract.
When will it start to work?
Topical effects are quickly established and should improve with continuous use.
Internal use may take longer.
Are there any safety issues?
Although there have been some reports of allergic reactions to calendula, these are very rare. Calendula is generally well tolerated by children and adults.
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