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Acta Vulnologica 2016 September;14(3):126-39

language: English, Italian

Phytotherapy and skin wound healing

Efthymia E. TSIOUTSIOU, Daniela GIACHETTI, Elisabetta MIRALDI, Paolo GOVERNA, Anna R. MAGNANO, Marco BIAGI

Università degli Studi di Siena, Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell’Ambiente, Siena, Italy


Phytotherapy plays an important role in wound healing. Medicinal plants have represented for thousands of years the only remedies for wound care, and until nowadays maintain a very important role thanks to peculiar and desirable features the plant phytocomplex possess. The use of herbal preparations that exploit synergistic and multitasking activity of phytocomplexes is distinctive of phytotherapy as a branch of pharmacology and could be alternative, more often complementary, to the use of monomolecular synthetic drugs. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), as well as WHO and ESCOP, confirms that one of the most frequent indications for which many medicinal plants are used in European Community and in the rest of the world, is the treatment of skin disorders and minor wounds. This review summarizes the medicinal plants used in Italy and in Europe for wound healing, clarifies their mechanisms of action, their clinical efficacy and their peculiar characteristics, that provide a rational and specific use according to the different types of wounds.

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