[Evidence of dermatological effects of chamomile]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2010 Dec 13;172(50):3492-6.
[Article in Danish]


Recent years have seen a rise in the demand for dermatological herbal and plant products as well as products containing chamomile. Extracts and decoctions made from this plant are often recommended by laymen for treatment of a number of skin diseases e.g. inflammation, wounds and itching. This systematic review explores the evidence base of the dermatological effects of chamomile. While numerous beneficial effects of chamomile have been suggested no studies have so far been able to substantiate these claims significantly. The absence of evidence is primarily caused by the design and quality of the studies identified.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antipruritics / therapeutic use
  • Chamomile*
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use
  • Skin Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Wound Healing / drug effects


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antipruritics
  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Plant Extracts
  • Plant Preparations