Plants have always been important to the development of remedies and therapeutics, but that value has, at times, waxed and waned. For eons, plants were, of course, the primary treatment for most illnesses. Then, in the 1800s, advances in industrial chemistry and manufacture helped spawn the modern pharmaceutical industry, pushing plant-derived medicines out of favor.
In the 1950s, traditional Chinese doctors, who had never given up the use of plants and herbs, began to integrate more advanced phytotherapies into their practices. Though plant-derived, the phytotherapies were standardized in production and clinically tested. As the integrative approach to medicine began to migrate West, doctors in the US and Europe began to pair conventional treatments with nutritional supplements and phytotherapies, often noticing that combination therapies would produce better results more quickly.
By 2017 plants had once more reclaimed their position as valued sources of treatments, with more than 4,000 scientific papers on phytochemicals were being published each year.
Today, Dior Science is applying an integrative approach to optimize the efficiency of its skincare treatments. Dior scientists have shown that carefully selected combinations of natural, plant-derived bioactive compounds and micronutrients can improve skin regeneration and skin elasticity. They are now working to bring these combinations to consumers.
Here is a brief overview of the use of plants in medicine and skincare:
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