Health and Henna

Henna and Chemotherapy

Henna as a Marker for Radiotherapy

Neonatal Henna and Bilirubin Levels

G6PD Deficiency and Henna

Henna in Ancient Egyptian Pharmacopoeia 

Henna and Ringworm in Sheep

Medical Papers regarding henna online:

Skin Decorations in East African Patients   Elinor A. Graham, MD, MPH, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Henna causes life threatening haemolysis in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency  P Raupp, J Ali Hassan, M Varughese, B Kristiansson Department of Paediatrics, Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates,  Buraimi Hospital, Al Buraimi, Oman,  Oasis Hospital, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Poisoning from henna dye and para-phenylenediamine mixtures in children in Khartoum.
Sir Hashim M, Hamza YO, Yahia B, Khogali FM, Sulieman GI.
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Sudan.

Henna Induced Acute Hemolysis in a G6PD-Deficient Patient: A Case Report  Murat Söker, MD; Celal Devecioglu, MD; Kenan Haspolat, MD; Bünyamin Dikicl, MD; Ömer Dogru, MD © Miami Children’s Hospital 2000

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Be cautious when testing "traditional, natural" cosmetics. In some countries, traditional cosmetics have very little, if any, standards and regulations for safety.
/khidab  black henna  PPD  allergic reaction Yemen/


Henna and tattooing have been used in combination with black eye and eyebrow cosmetics since the Bronze Age. Eye paints were nearly universal across North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. The black paint provided relief from the glaring sun and reflection from the sand before sunglasses were invented. Lamp-black was the most common source of pigment, though galena, (lead sulphide), and stibnite (an antimony compound), were also used for black, and copper compounds for blues and greens. These metals were toxic to bacteria carried by flies and contaminated water, so they provided some relief from conjunctivitis and other bacterial eye infections. The irritation from having soot in one’s eyes caused tearing, which kept the eyes washed clean of contaminants, grit, and bacteria. However, these toxic metals also entered the bloodstream of the wearer and the traditional formulae with these metals should never be used when there is safer cosmetic eye paint available.

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