|Title||Treating Chronic Wounds Using Photoactive Metabolites: Data Mining the Chinese Pharmacopoeia for Potential Lead Species|
|Authors||Booker, A., Scotti, F., Mou, L., Huang, C., Werckerle, C., Maake, C. and Heinrich, M.|
Efficient wound treatment that addresses associated infec-
tions and inflammation remains one of the big unmet needs,
especially in low- and middle-income countries. One strategy
for securing better healthcare can be using medicinal plants if sufficient evidence on their safety and therapeutic benefits can be ascertained. A unique novel opportunity could be photo-enhanced wound treatment with a combination of light-sensitive plant preparations and local exposure to daylight.
Data mining strategies using existing resources offer an excellent basis for developing such an approach with many potential plant candidates. In the present analysis, we researched the 535 botanical drugs included in the Chinese pharmacopeia and identified 183 medicinal plant species, 82 for treating open wounds caused by trauma and 101 for inflammatory skin conditions. After further screening for reports on the presence of known photoactive compounds, we determined a core group of 10 scientifically lesser-known botanical species that may potentially be developed into more widely used topical preparations for photodynamic treatment of infected wounds. Our predictive approach may contribute to developing a more evidence-based use of herbal medicines.
|Journal citation||87, pp. 1-13|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1578-8778|
|Published||15 Sep 2021|