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Top-Accessed Article: Herbal Therapy in Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(11):1282. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.322

Bedi MK, Shenefelt PD. Herbal therapy in dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(2):232-242.

In this article, Bedi and Shenefelt present a comprehensive review of evidence-based uses of herbs in dermatology. Consumers are increasingly interested in treatment with “natural ” remedies either because of the failure of conventional therapy or because of the belief that natural treatments lead to fewer adverse effects. By disease, the authors list the herbal treatments that have been studied in humans and animals, effective doses, hypothesized mechanism of action, and potential adverse effects. In a second section, they review cutaneous and systemic adverse effects, including fatalities, that can occur with the use of herbal treatments for dermatologic diseases as well as drug-herb interactions.

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