“Henna is used in the treatment of many medical problems, especially pain,” he said. It is known that the legendary Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used a fragrance derived from henna oil. Cleopatra poured this lotion on the deck of the ship on her way to her Roman lover Antony. Henna was often found on the fingernails and toenails of ancient Egyptian mummies. Henna was also used for makeup, decoration and treatment purposes at that time. Henna is extracted from a plant from the Litrasea family. While there are many varieties, green henna, which is commonly used, is endemic to the peoples of Southwest Asia, North Africa, Australia, and the West Indies.
In all these cultures, the use of henna also has religious connections. In addition to compounds that make henna a strong “paint”, such as naphthoquinone; It also contains substances that cause many biological effects such as tannin, coumarin, flavinoids, phenolic acid, sterols and xanthones and is used in the treatment of various medical problems. Prof. Dr. Okan Bölükbaşı,
“In the medical use of henna; It has long been known to stop the progression of tuberculosis, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal (against fungi), protein glycation inhibitor, wound healing, antipyretic (fever reducer), analgesic (painkiller), anti-inflammatory (anti-inflammatory) properties. It is also known to be useful against pathogens such as mollusks, tyripanasoma. Henna also had properties against cancer, parasites and diabetes.
It protects the liver. For this reason it has been used in jaundice. Henna also has positive effects on the immune system. Today, Ayurvedic medicine and Unani medicine (a form of ancient Greek medicine still used in India) apply henna mouthwash to treat tonsillitis, pharyngitis, diarrhea, dysentery, ulcers, intestinal worms, and fever. In addition to the advantages, there are also situations that must be taken into account.
Favism (the occurrence of severe internal bleeding when eating fava beans), a rare blood disease, is relatively more common in our country. Applying henna to the hand of a child who has this disease but is not known to be sick can cause internal bleeding, even in small amounts! Neurology specialist Prof. Dr. Okan Bölükbaşı provided important information on where to use henna’s analgesic function. Henna is used in folk medicine for scabies, dandruff, hair loss, jaundice, fungal diseases, spleen enlargement, cancer, amoebic dysentery.
Henna oil is a substance obtained from henna and used for therapeutic purposes. It is especially effective for pain caused by joint inflammation and rheumatism. Henna has a cooling effect on burnt surfaces and can therefore be used in the treatment of high fevers and burns.
In the late 1990s, scientific research proved that henna can be especially effective for neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain-like pains that do not respond to normal analgesics encompass a wide group of diseases. From trigeminal neuralgia to diabetic neuropathy (foot burns seen in diabetics are associated with this condition); It includes many painful illnesses, from cancer pain to fibromyalgia. Prof. Dr. Okan Bölükbaşı, “Nerve compression that causes neuropathic pain for a long time
We saw that patients with (the most common carpal tunnel) and cervical disc herniation used henna. In some Middle Eastern countries, doctors consider applying henna to the hands as a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome disease (I mean, almost diagnosing carpal tunnel by looking for the presence of henna!). Indeed, henna reduces neuropathic pains such as “burning”, “electric shock”, “prickling”, “pin pricks” observed in such cases. It was clear that the practice of applying henna to the skin with such pain among the people was not superstition, but had a scientific basis.
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