Author : Asghar Sepahvand, Hossein Eliasy, Hadis Rahimi, Mahtab Asadolahi, Seyed Mohmoud Mousavi Fard, Ali Saeedi-Boroujeni, Saeid Heidari-Soureshjani*
Tinea versicolor or pityriasis versicolor is common infection of the stratum corneum with global distribution but it is more prevalent in warm and humid climates and among young men. Although tinea versicolor is not lifethreatening, it imposes economic and time burdens on individuals and community because of skin changes and psychological effects. This review was conducted to report the most effective medicinal plants in treating this disease. A total of 82 articles were retrieved from the databases Google Scholar, Science Direct, PubMed, and Scopus. Fifty six articles were selected after duplicate and irrelevant ones were excluded. Then, 15 articles were screened and their findings reported in this review. Available evidence indicates that Cymbopogon citratus, Quercus incana, Azadirachta indica, Artemisia sieberi, Thymus schimperi, Curcuma longa, Cinnamomum verum, Nigella sativa, Calendula officinalis, Heracleum persicum, Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, Allium sativum, Aloe barbadensis, Rosmarinus officinalis, and eucalyptus species have been reported to be effective on tinea versicolor. These plants can be considered alternatives to produce herbal drugs for tinea versicolor after additional studies. Key words: Medicinal plants, Tinea versicolor, Traditional medicine, Fungal infection.
Dr. Arend L Mapanawang, Sp.PD, FINASIM, PhD