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Medicinal Plants for the Treatment of Hypertrophic Scars

Ye, Q and Wang, S-J and Chen, J-Y and Rahman, K and Xin, H-L and Zhang, H (2015) Medicinal Plants for the Treatment of Hypertrophic Scars. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1741-427X

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Abstract

Hypertrophic scar is a complication of wound healing and has a high recurrence rate which can lead to significant abnormity in aesthetics and functions. To date, no ideal treatment method has been established. Meanwhile, the underlying mechanism of hypertrophic scarring has not been clearly defined. Although a large amount of scientific research has been reported on the use of medicinal plants as a natural source of treatment for hypertrophic scarring, it is currently scattered across a wide range of publications. Therefore, a systematic summary and knowledge for future prospects are necessary to facilitate further medicinal plant research for their potential use as antihypertrophic scar agents. A bibliographic investigation was accomplished by focusing on medicinal plants which have been scientifically tested in vitro and/or in vivo and proved as potential agents for the treatment of hypertrophic scars. Although the chemical components and mechanisms of action of medicinal plants with antihypertrophic scarring potential have been investigated, many others remain unknown. More investigations and clinical trials are necessary to make use of these medical plants reasonably and phytotherapy is a promising therapeutic approach against hypertrophic scars.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1104 Complementary And Alternative Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: HINDAWI PUBLISHING CORPORATION
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 07:47
DOI or Identification number: 10.1155/2015/101340
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2169

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