Traditional Chinese herbal medicine may help to relieve the dry, itchy, scaly skin of eczema in children and adults, two new studies suggest.
Other research shows that toddlers who have egg, elm, or cat allergies are at increased risk of developing eczema by age 4. Children whose parents have eczema are also at risk.
All three studies were presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Chinese Herbal Medicine Safe, Effective in Children
As many as 30% of patients with eczema have been prescribed traditional Chinese medicine, but there are still questions about whether it works and is safe, says researcher Julia Wisniewski, MD, of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
There is clearly a need for alternative treatments for the skin condition, she says, because many patients with severe allergies continue to have flare-ups a decade after standard therapy with steroids and immune-suppressing agents.
Ms. Ting Wang
Member of British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
Clinician in Neurology department,
Heilongjiang University of TCM Hospital
MSc. in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture), London South Bank University
BSc. in Clinical Discipline of Chinese and Western Integrative, Heilongjiang University of TCM
A 45 years old male is with erythematous scaly annular plaques, scattered on his limbs, which is extraordinary itchy.
The itch was managed by taking anti-boitic and steroid cream for 3 months.
However, when the patient stopped taking the drug, the skin condition has became even worse and peeled off, he also complained with never pain through out whole back muscle, and the fatigue.
He has kept his diet off from gluten, dairy and alcohol already.
After 3-months Herbal drink and weekly based acupuncture treatment.
We can clearly see that, the scaly annular plaques are waned to disappearing up to toes now and the flesh skin are replacing the erythematous.
The skin on the arms and hands becomes same colour to the finger now, which was severe different at the beginning.
The patient states that the itch is 60% improved, he is generally feeling energetic and confident now.