All Kinds of Rash
Red Skin Syndrome
Topical Steroid Withdrawal
Natural Herbs We Use
Amur Cork Tree
Amur cork tree is classified under the Rutaceae family and its bark damps heat in the kidney, stimulates blood circulation, and helps to transport nutrients throughout the body. Its bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties prevent the formation of pus in acne and the spread of acne bacteria. It also helps to control excessive sebum secretion.
Dried rootstalks of Coptis Rhizome in the Ranunculaceae family have bacteriostatic effects and prevent the growth of staphylococcus aureus. It has been shown that Coptis Rhizome can control the growth of enteric bacteria as effectively as the sulfonamide. It can also ease the spasm associated with the removal of small intestines, increase tension in the intestinal tract or uterus after removal surgery, stimulate secretion of bile and pancreatic fluid, and prevent arteriosclerosis and inflammation of arteries.
Sopora, which belongs to the Legminosae family, has a bitter taste and is used as a stomachic medicine.It has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and anthelmintic properties. It can be applied topically as an anti-inflammatory herb to relieve inflammation and itchiness on the skin. It is also used as an antiseptic for pressure sores, eczema, and pruritus. Sopora can be taken orally to treat inflammatory dermatitis characterized by excessive secretion and intense itchiness.
Baiscal Skullcap Root
The root of Baiscal skullcap, a perennial plant native to the northern part of China, is used as a medication. In Chinese herbal medicine, it is an important ingredient in clearing heat toxins. Baiscal skullcap is especially effective in treating large swellings, severe skin conditions, and skin problems that can generate body heat. It is often used in various Chinese herbal remedies and has anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic properties.
Licorice, a perennial plant of the Legminosae family, has long been used as a medication in a vast range of regions. Since it offers various pharmacological benefits, it is used as an ingredient in nearly all Chinese herbal remedies. Licorice root has superior anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective remedy for eliminating toxins that accumulate on the skin and alleviating the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and eczema. Licorice root can also improve blood circulation and restore healthy skin by regenerating skin cells.
Our Herbal Therapy
Skin diseases including Atopic dermatitis and Eczema are often chronic skin conditions that are largely inherited and characterized by an overactive immune response to lifestyle or environmental triggers. The length of treatment depends on many factors: duration of the disease, family history, contact of food or environmental triggers, weather, emotion, usage of medications (steroid, immunosuppressants and antihistamines), flu, infection and vaccine etc.
We have developed a systematic herbal therapy for eczema, atopic dermatitis and many other skin disorders. This treatment has been clinically proven to be safe and effective. Treatment includes both oral herbal extracts and topical ointments. Herbs that have been selected are commonly used in Eastern herbal treatments for a variety of dermatology, allergy and asthma maladies. In fact, many scientific studies have also been established to back up their historical reputation in the above therapeutic fields. These herbs are specially selected for their ability to erase acute inflammation, eliminating toxin accumulation in the body and also to reduce the dry and itchiness of our skin. Oral herbs are great for reducing body inflammation and promoting inner balance. Topical ointment works effectively to relieve the itchiness and help skin barrier restoration.
Topical steroid and immunosuppresant rebound is also a major factor to be considered in treatment as it greatly influences the duration of the treatment. With topical steroids, a number of adverse reactions are recognised, including irritancy, change in barrier function, allergy, tolerance, dependency, rebound and lack of response (Dermatologist personal communication, 19 February 2013). The risk of an adverse effect depends on the strength of the steroid, the length of the application, the site of application and the skin problem. (Pharmac, June 2013). Immunosuppresant withdrawal very often displays similar adverse reactions to steroids. We offer progressive steroid and immunosuppresant withdrawal treatment and use our herbal formula to gradually reduce the use of steroid and immunosuppresants. We do not encourage a complete withdrawal of existing treatments overnight as the rebound effects could be severe and painful. Instead, we aim to achieve a full withdrawal of steroid and immunosuppressant usage in a given time frame (usually 1-3 months, in some rare cases it could be longer) with minimal adverse effects as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Are these herbs safe? What are the side effects?
Our therapy has been applied to all age groups (from 0 months to 89 years old) and very limited side effects are recorded over 20 years of clinical experiences. Since many of the dermatitis patients are children, safety is always our first priority. Our herbal therapy includes both oral and topical treatments. No adverse effects on the herbal topical ointment have been identified. For the oral herbal extract, the noted side effects include having a loose (soft) stool or diarrhea. It can be resolved rapidly by increasing the frequency of oral intake or reducing the total oral dosage. No serious side effects have been recorded in 20 years clinical study.
Q Can I use the herbs if I’m taking prescription medicine?
A Dermatitis patients are often prescribed with topical steroid and/or immunosuppresant. Our herbal treatment has been clinically used in steroid and immunosuppresant withdrawal. It can be used in conjunction with the steroid and immunosuppresant. Other medicines please consult with us directly.
Q Can I use if I’m pregnant?
A It is safe to use during pregnancy.
Q Can I use if I’m breastfeeding?
A It is safe to use during breastfeeding.
Q The healing is progressing well initially, but why do I still get flares?
A Dermatitis are chronic skin conditions and can be triggered by a complex of lifestyle or environmental factors. The healing is characterized by having one after another flares rather than going straight from bad to good skin conditions. The flares are the process of skin repairing. The key of knowing your skin is healing is by comparing the degree of severity of each flare encountered.
Q Is there any restrictions on diet ?
A When the body is in the acute inflammation status, it is very difficult to distinguish the food trigger (unless you already knew it!) The flare could also be triggered by many factors including environmental or lifestyle stimulation. Most importantly, eczema and Atopic dermatitis are often diagnosed on children, we do not encourage strict dietary restrictions because it could let to growth and nutritional concerns on children. We recommend to use the herbal therapy to ease the inflammation level on body and then can start testing slowly by adding one food type at a time.
Q Can Atopic dermatitis and/or eczema be cured?
A In the process of healing, we frequently observed the skin symptoms transitted from severe to mild form in a rather short timeframe. The real challenge is the progression from mild skin condition to completely clear. What we call completely clear or clinically cured is having normal and balanced skin without having additional flares for at least 12 months after the treatment. Unfortunately Atopic dermatitis is a genetically inherited autoimmune disease and patients are often born with physical defects in skin constitution, it is very difficult to be fully cured. Our aim is to improve your inner body functions so the skin conditions can be under controlled.
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