Why Calendula?

This is just an idle question…the hospital gave me a tube of calendula gel to be applied 2 to 3 times per day during radiation treatment. Why calendula?

I would have expected aloe, given its history and association with burn treatment. But, no, it says calendula on the label. It also says homeopathic on the label, but I swear the radiation techs handed me the stuff right before I met with the internist. I always thought the point of homeopathic medicine was to dilute something until it was practically not there, but this is 7% calendula officinalis.

Who knew radiologic oncologists (or oncological radiologists) were into alternative medicine? And if it works, so much the better. Grin.

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