The researchers in the study found that patients who used herbal treatment were less dependent on conventional medicines and the quality of life for young patients with atopic eczema, improved considerably.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the impact of ‘pentaherbs formulation’ on patients suffering from atopic eczema, the most common form of the disease which affects one in ten kids.
The five raw herbs used in the capsules were Flos lonicerae (Japanese honeysuckle), Cortex moutan (root bark of peony tree), Herba menthae (peppermint), Cortex phellodendri (Amur cork-tree bark) and Atractylodes Rhizome (underground stem of atractylodes herb).
85 patients were given either the medicine or a placebo, and one-third of those who took the medicine reported improved quality of life, while those who took only the placebo showed no improvement.
It was also found that among the patients who took the herbal treatment, their dependency on conventional medicine reduced considerably, and also had lower blood levels of four proteins that were thought to have inflammatory effects associated with eczema. None of these results were seen in the placebo group.
The results were also confirmed through lab tests, wherein the formulations were added to blood cells in a test tube.
“The early studies reveal that children with atopic eczema may benefit from a specific concoction of traditional Chinese herbs, which eventually could make way for this remedy to find its way into mainstream medicine,” agrees Nina Goad, British Association of Dermatologists.
The study has been published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
However, the experts have warned that consulting a doctor is a must before taking herbal medications.