Skin effects of Echinacea pallida
Echinacea pallida is one of the three echinacea species most
commonly used in herbal dietary supplements, although the properties
of E. purpurea have been more thoroughly researched. These investigators
propose that E. pallida may have unique healing and anti-inflammatory
effects against skin conditions and may have particular value as a skin
care remedy. In their study, rats with experimentally induced wounds
and scars received topical treatment with a crude extract of E. pallida.
The researchers reported that the extract had a significant healing
effect on both abraded and scarified skin. They are conducting further
studies to identify the compound responsible for the observed effects.
Speroni E, Crespi-Perellino
N, Guerra MC, et al. Skin effects of Echinacea pallida Nutt. root
extract. Fitoterapia 1998; 64(suppl. 5): 36.
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