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Herbal Medicine in Dermatology 

Herbal Medicine in Dermatology
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Herbal Medicine in Dermatology
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Philip Shenefelt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0008
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date: 26 May 2020

Herbal medicines have been used effectively for many centuries for skin disorders. The types of herbs used depend not only on their efficacy, but on their local availability or their availability through trade—thus, different cultures tend to use the ethnobotanicals available to their particular area. Western herbal medicines are often used singly, while eastern herbal medicines such as in Chinese traditional medicine and Japanese folk medicine are often used in extensive combination, with mixtures containing from a few to a dozen or more specific herbs. Two traditions that continue to use herbal medicines extensively are the Indian ayurvedic system and the Chinese traditional medicine system. In western culture, the popularity of herbal medicines waned as purified and synthesized compounds became available, but recently there has been a trend toward using herbal medicines extensively again in the west. Herbal medicines may be less potent than pharmaceutical preparations at treating skin diseases, but often times the herbal medicines have fewer and gentler side effects

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