Acne: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions
- In a 1995 RCT, researchers evaluated Ayurvedic
formulations (which are
herbal preparations from India's traditional system of natural medicine) used
to treat acne vulgaris, which is a type of acne manifesting in blackheads,
whiteheads, and inflammation, and not the more severe cystic form. Eighty-two
patients were randomized into five groups. Four of the groups received
different Ayurvedic preparations orally for six weeks, while one group received
a placebo. One of the preparations, Sunder Bati, produced a significant reduction in
- A 1998 study of 280 people with acne
vulgaris evaluated the traditional Ayurvedic formula shanka bhasma. Patients were assigned to groups based
constitutions. At the end of the four-week study, the vata and pitta patients showed significant improvement,
but the kapha
patients did not. This study indicates that individualized treatment based on doshas may be a meaningful approach.
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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