A review of herbal medicines in wound healing

Tina Maver, Uroš Maver, Karin Stana Kleinschek, Dragica M. Smrke, Samo Kreft

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Abstract

Herbs have been integral to both traditional and non-traditional forms of medicine dating back at least 5000 years. The enduring popularity of herbal medicines may be explained by the perception that herbs cause minimal unwanted side effects. More recently, scientists increasingly rely on modern scientific methods and evidence-based medicine to prove efficacy of herbal medicines and focus on better understanding of mechanisms of their action. However, information concerning quantitative human health benefits of herbal medicines is still rare or dispersed, limiting their proper valuation. Preparations from traditional medicinal plants are often used for wound healing purposes covering a broad area of different skin-related diseases. Herbal medicines in wound management involve disinfection, debridement, and provision of a suitable environment for aiding the natural course of healing. Here we report on 22 plants used as wound healing agents in traditional medicine around the world. The aim of this review is therefore to review herbal medicines, which pose great potential for effective treatment of minor wounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)740-751
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Volume54
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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