EFFECT OF HELICHRYSUM OIL ON ARTHRITIS
Keywords:Arthritis, helichrysum oil, pain, inflammation
Helichrysum oil is used as a traditional method to treat many diseases. It has an antioxidant, antimalarial and also anti cancer properties. Arthritis is an inflammatory disease which in negligence can lead to joint destruction and other disabilities. Arthritis has various stages and has no specific test for diagnosing arthritis. Massaging oil on the knee can reduce the pain intensity. Essential oils like helichrysum oil can also be used to overcome pain. Oil was given to a total of 15 participants- age between 30- 40 years- applied for a span of 30 days- pain was measured through pain scale. From this study, it showed that before the usage of helichrysum oil, the participants had severe pain in the knee which was indicated by the pain scale. After the usage of oil for 15 days, there was not a significant reduction in pain. But after 30 days there was a lot of reduction in pain. As helichrysum oil has anti inflammatory properties, it showed a significant reduce in pain for arthritis and may also be used for treating arthritis.