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Treating Gingivitis (inflamed gums): The Herbal Remedy

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The Plant Helichrysum italicum

Dr. Amir Kitron

 The plant Helichrysum italicum has been found particularly effective for the external treatment of burns, scars, sub-skin hemorrhages, and bruises. The most prominent effect is that of reducing inflammations, such as in an induced mouse ear oedema  test (Sala et al, 2001).  The ingredients responsible for this activity may include various Flavonoids (e.g. Facino et al, 1988) ; and acetophenone glucosides (Sala et al, 2001).  We believe that  various phytosteroids (as in Mezzeti et al, 1970) are involved as well.  Additional active ingredients include: neryl acetate (Bianchini et al, 2000), beta-salinene and gamma-curcumene (Roussis-Vassilios et al, 2000). This plant has been found to act as a free radicals scavenger (Facino et al, 1990) and as an inhibitor of mutations (Idaomar et al, 2002).  It also possesses some anti-bacterial activity (Toms et al, 1990; Nosro et al, 2001). 

The Use of the Herbal Mixture for Treating Gingivitis

During a research project in Israel, with the participation of the dental surgeon Dr. Reutman,  we have found that a mixture containing Helichrysum italicum extracts along with extracts of myrtle and other herbs was highly effective in healing gingivitis.  Dr. Reutman reported that in many cases the gum color started to change from red to pink already within the first hour following the aplication of the mixture onto the gums. 

We recommend that the mixture be applied at least once daily on affected gums.  Considerable healing may be expected within the first 2-3 days.

 ReferencesBianchini, et al, “Composition of Helichrysum italicum g. Don Fl. Subsp. Italicum Essential Oil from Corsica”, Flavour & Essence Journal, Jan-Feb 2001, 16 (1), 30-34. Facino , R. M., Carini, M., Mariani, M., Cipriani, C.  (1988)  Anti-erythematous and photoprotective activities in guinea pigs and men of topically applied flavonoids from Helichrysum italicum G. Don.  Acta Therapeutica, 14 (4), 323-346.  Facino, R.M. et al, “Phytochemical characterization and radical scavenger activity of flavonoids fro Helichrysum italicum G. Don (Compositae),”  Pharmacol. Res., 1990, 22(6), 709-721. 

Idaomar, M. et al, “Genotoxicity and antigenotoxicity of some essential oils evaluated by wing spot test of Drosophila mlanogaster”, Mutat. Res., 2002, 513 (1-2), 61-68.

 Mezzetti, T. et al, “A new triterpenoid lactone, alpha-amyrin and uval from Helichrysum italicum”, Planta Medica, 1970, Aug 18 (4). Nosro, A. et al, “Effects of Helichcrysum italicum extract on growth and enzymatic activity of Staphylococcus aureus,” Int. J. Antimcrob. Agents, 2001, 17(6(), 517-20. Roussis-Vassilios et al, “Volatile Constituents of Four Helichrysum Species Growing in Greece”, Biochemical Systematics & Ecology, March 2000, 28(2), 163-175. Sala, A. et al, “New acetophenone glucosides isolated from the extracts of Helichrysum italicum with anti inflammatory activity”, J. Nat. Prod., 2001, 64(10), 1360-1362.Toms, B. F., Iniesta, S. E., Toms, L. F., Romero, A.  (1990)  Antimicrobial phenolic compounds from 3 Spanish Helichrysum species.  Phytochemistry, 29 (4), 1093-1096

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