ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
CANCER
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
CAREGIVING
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk
Rainy Areas in U.S. Show Higher Autism Rates
Home Renovations by Affluent Families Can Unleash Lead Threat
EYE CARE, VISION
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
FITNESS
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Hoping for a Happy Family Holiday? Here's How
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
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Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema

SATURDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Certain traditional Chinese medicine, including tea and acupuncture, may safely and effectively help treat chronic eczema, a new report finds.

Use of Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea, a bath additive, creams and acupuncture over eight months greatly reduced the severity of the itchy, red skin condition and improved the quality of life of 14 atopic dermatitis (eczema) patients studied by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The patients received the treatment at a Manhattan center for natural health.

All but one patient saw at least a 60 percent improvement in eczema severity, based on standard rating scales to measure disease activity, after a little more than three months of treatment. All but one also experienced a 50 percent increase in a quality-of-life questionnaire after about two and a half months of treatment.

The use of steroids, antibiotics and antihistamines by the patients also greatly decreased within 3 months of starting the traditional Chinese medicine. No abnormalities of liver and kidney function were observed.

Despite such positive results, which were expected to be presented in Washington, D.C., at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's annual meeting, the researchers said people should still discuss using any complementary or alternative medicines with a physician before starting treatment.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about eczema.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, news release, March 14, 2009

Last Updated: March 14, 2009

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