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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.

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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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