Benefits of Arnica Flowers for Health – As we all know, flowers serve to decorate the existing appearance. The house will be more beautiful if it is decorated with various types of beautiful and beautiful flowers. But not all flowers are just for display, some are medicine for health
1. Natural remedies for osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease is a condition when the joints become inflamed and stiff due to damaged cartilage. This condition generally occurs in the elderly (elderly), but can also be experienced at a younger age. The body parts that are often affected by OA are the knees, waist, and hands.
The sesquiterpene lactones present in arnica flowers contain anti-inflammatory properties. Citing the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center page, these compounds inhibit the activation of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP1) and matrix metallopeptidase 13 (MMP13) enzymes, thereby reducing swelling and damage to cartilage.
2. Alternative drugs other than ibuprofen in treating joint pain due to osteoarthritis
Citing a scientific report in the journal Rheumatology International in 2006, an ointment containing arnica flowers can be used as an alternative to ibuprofen to treat pain and stiffness in the hands due to OA.
Helenelin compounds and sesquiterpene lactones contained in arnica flowers contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce pain in the hands.
3. Reduces postoperative wound irritation
Research conducted by a team from Frankurt Medical School in Frankurt, Germany, whose report was released in the journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine, volume 14, in 2008, found that the drug diclofenac can be replaced with arnica D4 to reduce wound irritation after surgery. In addition, the drug arnica D4 is more economical than diclofenac.
Arnica D4 is a drug containing the arnica flower produced by WALA in Bad Boll, Germany. Meanwhile, diclofenac is a type of drug that is generally used to reduce pain after surgery.
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4. Potential to reduce swelling in the body after surgery
Arnica flowers also have the potential to reduce postoperative body swelling. Its efficacy is the same as the steroid drug dexamethasone which is injected into the patient’s vein.
This information is contained in a 2013 European Medicines Agency report, based on a study conducted by Totonchi and his team in 2005. They found that arnica flower has the same ability as dexamethasone, especially in reducing swelling in the early postoperative period. However, further research is still needed.