Scope of Unani Herbs as Cosmetics for Skin and Hair Care

Asira Tarannum, *Shariq Shamsi, Roohi Zaman

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine January - March 2013, Vol. 8 No. 1, Pages 89-101

Abstract

The Unani system of medicine is an age-old, time-tested system of medicine dating back 5000 years to Greece. Unani systemof medicine has described many herbs in its literature which can be used to enhance the beauty of skin and hair as well as to treat their different pathological conditions of skin and hairs. The present review focuses on 21 taxa of potential herbs for cosmetic purposes, which are described in Unani literature as well as in ethnobotanical literature. Information on botanical name, focal name, family, part used and mode of application are given for each species discussed in tabular form. Need for scientific validation of this information is re-stressed before their use in beauty care.

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