Skin wound healing and phytomedicine: a review

Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2014;27(6):303-10. doi: 10.1159/000357477. Epub 2014 Jun 27.

Abstract

Skin integrity is restored by a physiological process aimed at repairing the damaged tissues. The healing process proceeds in four phases: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation and remodeling. Phytomedicine presents remedies, which possess significant pharmacological effects. It is popular amongst the general population in regions all over the world. Phytotherapeutic agents have been largely used for cutaneous wound healing. These include Aloe vera, mimosa, grape vine, Echinacea, chamomile, ginseng, green tea, jojoba, tea tree oil, rosemary, lemon, soybean, comfrey, papaya, oat, garlic, ginkgo, olive oil and ocimum. Phytotherapy may open new avenues for therapeutic intervention on cutaneous wounds. This article provides a review of the common beneficial medicinal plants in the management of skin wounds with an attempt to explain their mechanisms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Skin / drug effects
  • Skin / injuries*
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*