ACNE vulgaris: Skin disorders are a global public health concern that impacts people’s daily lives. Traditional healers play an integral role in researching and discovering medicinal plants that can be used to treat skin diseases. A study was conducted recently in Songkhla province, Thailand to document the traditional knowledge and use of medicinal plants by experienced traditional healers for treating skin ailments.
This research involved conducting semi-structured interviews and participant observations to collect ethnobotanical information from traditional healers. Standard taxonomic methods were utilized to identify plant specimens. Data were analyzed using interpretation and descriptive statistics.
A study conducted in Songkhla province revealed that traditional healers in Songkhla use 66 plant species from 38 families for treating skin diseases. Leaves and trees were the most frequently employed plant parts, while Fabaceae, Rubaceae and Zingiberaceae made up the majority of cited families. Furthermore, 25 different polyherbal formulations–combinations of multiple plants–were frequently prescribed by local traditional healers.
Oryza sativa L. and Zingiber montanum (J. Koenig) Link ex A.Dietr were the two plants most frequently combined in prescriptions with high use values; Curcuma longa L., Eurycoma longifolia Jack, Knema globularia (Lamk.) Warb and Senna siamea (Lam.) Irwin & Barnaby had the highest relative frequency of citation.
Research conducted in southern Thailand has highlighted the important role traditional healers have in treating skin diseases with herbal remedies. Researchers discovered a wide variety of medicinal plants used for these prescriptions to treat skin disorders in Songkhla province.
However, further investigation is necessary to scientifically confirm the pharmacological and toxicological activities as well as phytochemical constituents of polyherbal remedies. The findings will contribute to understanding the significance of traditional healers’ knowledge and their use of herbal remedies in treating skin diseases.
Acne vulgaris is a worldwide skin disorder that affects people of all ages. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, up to 50 million Americans experience acne each year. With the rise in drug-resistant bacteria and potential side effects from antibiotics, interest is growing in non-traditional treatments like herbal remedies.
Traditional healers have long relied on herbal remedies for centuries. But more scientific research is necessary to confirm their efficacy and safety. Further investigation of polyherbal remedies, their pharmacological/toxicological activities, as well as their phytochemical constituents should be undertaken in order to establish a scientific foundation for their use.
This study emphasizes the significance of preserving traditional knowledge about medicinal plants and the critical role traditional healers play in treating skin diseases. Herbal remedies offer an alternative to conventional treatments, giving those suffering from skin conditions a potential avenue for recovery.
Source- Yadav, V., Katiyar, P., Kushwaha, K., Verma, R., & Kumar, M. (2022). ACNE VULGARIS: REVIEW ON PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND HERBAL REMEDIES.
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