herbals calendula

RECND297

Calendula

Scientific:Calendula officinalis
Other:Marigold

Indications

Used internally and topically as a vulnerary to heal affections of the skin and mucous membranes.

Dermatologic (topical application)
• soft tissue injury
- burns
- bruises
- decubitus ulcers
- diabetic ulcers
- pressure ulcers
• thrombophlebitis
diaper rash
varicose veins
hemorrhoids
eczema
• anal fisures

Opthalmic
• conjuctivitis

Gastrointestinal
• apthous ulcers
• gastritis
gastric ulcers
hemorrhoids

Gynecological
• menstrual complaints
dysmenorrhea
amenorrhea

Other
• otitis (ear oil)

Actions

vulnerary
antiinflammatory
antiseptic
antiulcerogenic
gastroprotective
antibacterial
antiviral
antifungal
emmenagogue

Constituents

• Terpenoids (e.g. calendulosides)
• Flavonoids
• Carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene)
• Polysaccharides (arabinogalactans)

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 90% EtOH): 0.3-1.2 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 45% EtOH): 1-4 ml tid
• Infusion: (dried herb): 1-4 tsp tid-qid
• Cream (2.5%): as needed

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

Pregnancy: Use with caution; emmenogogue effects.

References

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Barnes J, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007.

Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

Bone K. A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient. St Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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