Antioxidants and Wound healing

Antioxidants and Wound healing

Wound may be defined as interruptions of cellular and anatomic continuity of living tissue. Wound may arise due to physical, chemical or microbial agents and electrical. Every wound is unique and each deserves
individual care. Thus the process of wound healing has been one of the earliest medical problems. It is not wound closure that is important, but it is the quality of the scar and restoration of functional competence that is important. Healing is thus essentially a survival mechanism, and represents an attempt to maintain normal anatomical structure and function. Several scientific studies revealed that many of the plant products are
useful in the early and proper maturation of granulation tissue and also enhance the deposition of collagen.

Background on Indian Medicinal Plants
Medicinal plants are an important element of indigenous medicinal systems in most of the countries including India. India is perhaps the world’s largest producer of medicinal herbs and is rightly called the “Botanical Garden of the World”. The revival of interest in natural drugs especially those derived from plants started in the last decade mainly because of the widespread belief that “Green Medicines” are healthier and safer than the synthetic ones. In recent years, the use of such information in medicinal plants research has received renewed interest in the media and in some segments of the scientific community. In the last decade of the 20th century, the “Western‟ use of such information has come under increasing scrutiny and the national and indigenous
rights on these resources have become acknowledged by most academic and industrial researchers. Development of new herbal drugs is a field of intense activity in recent years and hence the need for such basic scientific investigations on medicinal plants used in indigenous medicinal systems becomes ever more evident.

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