Here’s good news for all you Beauty Brains readers who are interested in natural ingredients that really work: a combination of Japanese honeysuckle, peppermint, peony tree root bark, atractylodes herb, and cork-tree bark may be an effective eczema treatment.
According to The Dermatology Times researchers have found that a traditional Chinese herbal medicine made from these five herbs can ease the symptoms this itchy, scaley skin condition.
In a controlled study, 85 patients were given either the herbal blend or a placebo. Those who took the herbs reported improved quality of life and a reduced need for steroids, as compared to the placebo group. Additional testing revealed that patients who took the medicinal herbal blend had lower blood levels of certain proteins that are linked to the inflammatory effects of eczema.
Does this mean you can just sip some tea made with these herbs and cure your eczema? Not necessarily, because while many drugs come from herbs they need to be purified and quantified to provide a consistent dose. Natural sources of herbs don’t necessarily offer that same consistency and purity.
– Mid Brain