ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
CANCER
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
CAREGIVING
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
The Food Irradiation Story
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
EYE CARE, VISION
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Barefoot Best for Running?
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Hidden Salt in Diet Haunts Many With Heart Failure
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
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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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