The Chemistry inside Spices & Herbs: Research and Development – Volume II

Drugs from Natural Sources in the Management of Skin Diseases

Author(s): Deepa S. Mandlik and Yogesh A. Kulkarni * .

Pp: 1-70 (70)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681089492122020004

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The skin or dermis is the largest organ of the human body, having important functions, such as protection and thermoregulation. Skin-related diseases are an important public health concern. A variety of skin diseases like acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and skin cancer affect a large group of people throughout the world. The innumerable etiological factors for skin diseases are bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa infections, declining immunity, interaction with allergens, noxious substances, or infected skin of other person's and genetic factors. Many synthetic drugs in various dosage forms are available in the market to treat these skin conditions, but they are associated with certain drawbacks. The usage of medicinal plants for the management of various diseases is as ancient as mankind. Treatment of different skin diseases with herbs and natural products is an economical and safe option. Many plants like Aloe vera, Azadirachta indica, Curcuma longa, etc., are reported to have significant effects on various skin problems. The present chapter aims to provide detailed scientific information about the management of skin diseases by using drugs from a natural source. 

Keywords: Acne vulgaris, Atopic dermatitis, Bio active compounds, Herbal plants, Psoriasis, Skin, Skin cancer, Skin diseases, Skin pigmentation

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