Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Can Herbal Products Provide Sun Protection?

Recent research supports the ability of some herbal agents, taken orally or applied topically, to prevent sunburn and limit the damage caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Natural products with proven and promising photoprotective properties are highlighted in an article in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Alternative and Complementary Therapies website.

The article “Herbal Sunscreens and Ultraviolet Protectants” specifically identifies golden serpent fern (Phlebodium aureum or Polypodium leucatomos) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) as herbal products that, when taken orally, may reduce the local and systemic negative effects of UV light exposure, including photoaging, increased risk of skin cancer, and harm done to immune system function. Sufficiently high oral doses or topical application of green tea (Camellia sinensis) may also offer photoprotection.

Golden serpent fern (Phlebodium aureum)
File:Starr 050107-2831 Phlebodium aureum.jpg
Credit: Wikipedia

Contacts and sources: 
Vicki Cohn
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News


  1. I'm not quite sure if there is a natural herbal remedy to prevent UV rays from penetrating the skin. But I do know that there are a lot of herbal products that alleviates sunburn and skin rashes due to temperature or weather condition. I guess if you really need a good sunblock it should also have a high SPF. That means you need tons of herbs to cover your skin. ;)))

  2. It was really interesting blog post and yet helpful. Our health was really and important matter in life,I've been searching for Herbal Incense that can be helpful.