Eczema: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions
- In a study, 14 of 20 eczema-afflicted
children who completed a twelve-week diet excluding eggs and cow's milk responded favorably. In a
birth cohort study, 1,265 children who received a diverse solid food diet
during their first four months had a higher risk of developing eczema than
those who did not.
- In a study of 40 adults with
long-standing treatment-resistant skin problems (refractory dermatitis),
treatment with ten traditional Chinese herbs resulted in improvement in symptoms.
Also, a 1981 study of seed extracts verified that its effectiveness in treating
chronic eczema was comparable to corticoid drug therapy.
- A 1995 study showed that autogenic
training, a form of
relaxation by focusing on sensations of heaviness and warmth, and
cognitive-behavioral treatment resulted in improved skin condition and less use
of topical steroids.
- A 1989 pilot study evaluated the
effectiveness of multiple Maharishi Ayur-Ved interventions among 126 adults with ten chronic diseases
including eczema. Each participant received an individualized nutritional
program, herbal preparations, and daily lifestyle guidelines. Seventy-nine
percent of the participants showed improvement.
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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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