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A Cochrane database systematic review of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for atopic eczema was not able to find conclusive evidence that CHM, taken orally or applied topically, could reduce the severity of eczema in children or adults.

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Australian authors of a systematic review have concluded that topical herbal medicines (HMs) provide additional benefit to psoriasis patients when used in combination with pharmacotherapy.

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Iranian authors reviewing the currently available literature suggest that an extract of Gingko biloba (GB, pinyin: Bai Guo Ye) has the potential to be effective against psoriasis.

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Self-administered acupressure can result in an improvement in pruritus and lichenification in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a US pilot study.

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Acupuncture has been found to be more effective than the oral antihistamine cetirizine at reducing experimentally induced itch in atopic dermatitis (AD) subjects.

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An Italian RCT has found that acupuncture is as effective as standard drug treatment for acute pain in patients with herpes zoster (HZ).

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Results from a German pilot study show that acupuncture reduces itch intensity in patients with atopic eczema and that this correlates with reduced activation of basophils (histamine-secreting white blood cells).

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Acupuncture treatment of acne vulgaris can reduce the number of inflammatory lesions and improve

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Chinese scientists recently performed a comprehensive metabonomic analysis to reveal potential mechanisms of berberine action in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia. Berberine is an alkaloid with a...

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Acupuncture can significantly reduce itching in patients with atopic eczema. A German study has investigated the effect of acupuncture on type I hypersensitivity itch and skin reaction in a crossover RCT. An allergen stimulus was...

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