Thai herb for skincare

HighBeam Research

Title: Thai herb for skincare.

Date: November 1, 1998 Publication: Nutraceuticals International

A Thai researcher has called for action to protect the country’s traditional herbal medicine from exploitation by foreign enterprises. Wichai Cherdshewasert has focused on a particular herb, known locally as kwaao khruea (Latin binomial Pueraria mirifica), and has applied to the Thai regulatory authorities to have the herb classified as a threatened species, which would effectively ban its export. The plant, which is purported to lighten skin, strengthen hair and enlarge breasts, has estrogenic properties and is in the same genus as Pueraria lobata (kudzu), which is a component of a number of commercial nutritional supplements.

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