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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 105-109

Herbal panacea: The need for today in dentistry

1 Department of Dentistry, Fakhiruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College, Barpeta, Assam, India
2 Consultant Endodontist, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Darshan Dental College, Loyara, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Government Dental College and Research Institute, VIMS, Bellary, India
5 Department of Prosthodontics, Daswani Dental College and Research Centre, Kota, Rajasthan, India
6 Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, M. R. Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mukut Seal
Department of Dentistry, Fakhiruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College, Barpeta, Assam - 781 301
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.178744

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Among ancient civilizations, India has been known to be a rich repository of medicinal plants. Herbal extracts have been used in traditional medicine for several thousand years. Some plants contain phytochemicals that have effects on the body. The use of phytotherapy is staging a comeback and an era of herbal renaissance is being revolutionized all over the globe. Herbs are a class of plants that are devoid of the woody tissue characteristic of shrubs or trees and have been known for their aromatic, flavoring, and medicinal values over the past centuries. Since the birth of contemporary practices, many have turned away from herbal therapies in favor of synthetic drugs. But these synthetic medicines can alter microbiota and have several side effects. However, the blind dependence on synthetics is over and people are returning to the naturals with the hope of safety and security. Hence, the search for alternative natural products continue. This review includes a few herbs, which can be used in dentistry as alternatives to allopathic medicines.

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