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Chinese Herbs Ease Eczema

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Chinese herbal medicine eases atopic eczema symptoms.

Chinese University of Hong Kong published a study examining the quality of herbal medicine for eczema treatment and found it to be effective.

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Scientists studied 85 patients taking either the herbs or a placebo. By the end of the study those taking herbs reported significant improvementin quality of life, compared to those taking a placebo. Herbs also decreased the need in conventional treatment by about 4 days a month, compared to 1 day in those taking a placebo.

Eczema is a skin disease that causes numerous conditions, such as itchy, dry, red, flaky, and even bleeding skin. Atopic eczema is the most common type of the disease affecting 1 out 10 children.

Chinese herbs are made of five different herbs based on ancestral Chinese concoction. Herbs have shown condition improvement in a trial by Chinese University of Hong Kong, but experts warn always to consult a doctor before taking them.

Nina Goad, of the British Association of Dermatologists, said: "These early studies show that children with atopic eczema may benefit from a specific concoction of traditional Chinese herbs, which could eventually pave the way for this remedy to find its way into mainstream medicine."