Alternative treatment for scabies using phytotherapy.
Introduction: Scabies is a common infectious skin disease with a worldwide extension; it is caused by an ectoparasite named Sarcoptes Scabiei. Itching and skin injuries are the most important signs. There are traditional treatment methods based on medicinal plants that are given from a generation to the next one. Objective: To describe the alternative treatment for scabies using phytotherapy. Methods: A bibliographic review was made on published articles from 2000 to 2021. Data Bases like SciELO, EBSCO, PubMed/Medline, Dialnet and open-access medical magazines were consulted, using the descriptive words Phytotherapy; Medical Plants; Scabies and Sarcoptes scabiei with a bilingual approach. There were also used documental sources. Results: A total of 36 articles were selected where plants like Sennaalata (Ringworm Shrub), Indigofera suffructicosa Mill (Wild Indian Indigo), Musa paradissiaca (Banana), Parthenium hysterophorus L in (Feberfew), Azadira chtaindica (Neem), Allium sativum(Garlic) and Psidium guajaba (Guava) had demonstrated properties for treating this disease. All of them can growth wild or in outdoor gardens. Reactions are rare because they are used directly over the skin. Conclusions: plants with demonstrated properties have a low cost and they are easy to acquire by the population that is why they are a valid and efficient alternative treatment for scabies.