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Sphaeranthus indicus: Skin Disease Preventive Plant

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Bioactive Dietary Factors and Plant Extracts in Dermatology


Skin disease is now a common disorder in all over the world. It affects all age group people of society and causes harm in different ways. Skin is the vital and largest organ of human body. Skin serves many important functions such as protection, thermoregulation, percutaneaous absorption, secretary, and sensory. It has been estimated that skin diseases account for 34% of all occupational diseases [1].

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Mane, M.N., Badole, S.L. (2013). Sphaeranthus indicus: Skin Disease Preventive Plant. In: Watson, R., Zibadi, S. (eds) Bioactive Dietary Factors and Plant Extracts in Dermatology. Nutrition and Health. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.

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