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Calendula in Treating Digestive Disorders
Calendula is the name for the plant genus that counts around 20 species of annual perennials of the daisy family Asteraceae. Although the variety of herbs is known under this mane, usually it is Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold, Garden Marigold, Gold Bloom) that typically associated with its major importance in herbal medicine since ancient times. It is well recognized by the flowers with orange petals and particular scent. “Kalendae”, Latin word from which the name of the plant is derived, means “first day of the month” and refers to the plant’s repeating flowering pattern – in the beginning of each month. The sunny bitter flowers are collected throughout the year, dried and stored for further uses.

A rich politer of flavonoids, glycosides, carotenoids, terpenoids, antioxidants and violate oils in this plant provides calendula with anti-inflammatory, antifungal,  antiseptic, menstrual cycle normaliser, anti-haemorrhagic, vulnerary, and mild diaphoretic actions.
Calendula has for long been used for a wide variety of conditions, inflammations in particular. It is used externally and internally for a number of health disorders. Topical preparations for external use are beneficial for skin complaints such as treat cuts, stings, sprains, wounds, bruises, diaper rash and skin inflammations. Also, calendula ointments are applied for varicose veins and sore eyes. Calendula tea made of dried petals will help bladder infections and improve circulation by enhancing cardio-vascular functions.
Except being good for skin problems, calendula is also effective in treating infected inner mucous membranes. Mouthwash prepared from calendula flower provides anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and tissue healing properties for mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, gingivitis and sore throat.
For those suffering from digestive disorders, calendula is a source of answers for various troublesome questions. First of all, herbal remedies of the plant effectively remove inflammation that affects both stomach and duodenum, and are able to act against intestinal colitis. Also, calendula formulas are used for improving sluggish digestion, constipation and bloating. As an old folk remedy, the plant is known for treating gastritis and peptic ulcers. These effects were proven by official medicinal studies. It is believed that these beneficial actions are provided by triterpene glycoside (calendulozide B) that possesses an anti-ulcerous and sedative action.
Using these properties also helps in treatment of inflammation and irritations in the lining of the stomach and the bowels. Calendula preparations have also shown profound effects in relieving diarrhea.
One more important plant’s contribution to the digestive balance is its ability to act on the liver and the gallbladder – calendula improves the secretion of bile which is involved in breaking fats for a proper digestion.  Also, helping the body to effectively eliminate toxins, the herb acts for improving the liver functions. 
The best effects for digestive disorders are provided by calendula tea, boiled from the dried or fresh leaves of the plant.
Several precautions about calendula's use include the allergy to plants of the daisy family, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Otherwise, calendula has not been noted to produce any side effects.
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