Eczema. The rash that is not usually treated at the root in the medical setting.
I was excited to see this new study published on March 22nd in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. It looked at the use of a traditional botanical medicine product called Soshihotang or Xiao Chai Hu Tang, which has been used for various ailments for centuries. It contains the herbs bupleurum, pinellia, scutellaria, codonopsis, ziziphus, licorice, and ginger. The study looked at 60 individuals aged 3-18yo with both GI concerns and atopic dermatitis. They found that after 8 weeks, the group using this product was less dependant on ointment applications, had improved quality of life, and showed improved immune function on blood sample testing. The conclusion was that this may be a viable alternative treatment option for atopic dermatitis cases.
Disclaimer: this is not medical advice and I am not recommending this product for anyone in this post. Please consult your Naturopathic Physician for holisitc professional treatment advice and care.
Lee JH, et al. Efficacy and safety of Soshiho-tang in atopic dermatitis patients with gastrointestinal disorders: A double-blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Ethnopharmacol. 2021 Mar 22:114006. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2021.114006. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33766759.