In 2002, Arno Sipponen MD, a specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology, began work as a general practitioner in Finnish Lapland where, together with his colleagues, he started to wonder how it was that the local people were so skilful in treating wounds with home-made resin salve. At that time, Arno’s father was Head of the Clinical Pathology Department at Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH). Together they established a multidisciplinary research group to study resin as a method of treatment for wounds.
Studies soon showed that resin salve made using modern methods without heating was safe to use. Still today, these characteristics form the basis of all Repolar products. The Norway spruce resin that we use in manufacturing is always collected with reverence for nature and without harming the trees.
“When a tree suffers a wound, a branch tears or winter weather breaks its bark, the tree produces resin to allow it to heal itself. In our research, we have comprehensively studied the inbuilt defence mechanisms of conifers that protect them from bacteria, fungus and yeast. A tree must constantly protect itself, and resin is its unique means of defence,” says Arno.