Research shows benefits of a topical herbal cream with plant extracts including rhubarb root extract and a sage extract. The combined topical sage-rhubarb preparation proved to be as effective as topical aciclovir cream.
“The efficacy of many preparations for topical use in herpes infections have remained rather disappointing. The development of new antiviral drugs, especially herbal preparations, thus remains desirable. In a screening study with plant extracts, a rhubarb root extract and a sage extract showed a promising activity.
The efficacy of a combined topical preparation with rhubarb and sage extracts, of a single-agent preparation with sage extract and of a reference treatment was investigated in a double-blind, comparative, randomised trial.”
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