Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chinese Herbal Therapy for Childhood Eczema is Safe and Effective

Dr. Ming Jin of Ming Qi Natural Healthcare Center

Julia Wisniewski, MD, of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York studied 14 children who were treated for eczema at the Ming Qi Natural Healthcare Center in New York City between 2006 and 2008.

All of them drank Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea twice a day and soaked in an herbal bath for 20 minutes daily. They also applied an herbal cream to their skin two or three times a day and had acupuncture treatment.

At the start of the study, more than half of the participants had severe symptoms on a standard scale that doctors use to gauge eczema severity. After eight months of treatment, most had mild symptoms.

“Improvement in symptoms and quality of life was seen as early as three months,” Wisniewski says. She showed before-and-after photos of several children to document their progress: Red, scaly feet and hands appeared normal six months into therapy.

Participants also reported a reduction in the use of steroids, antibiotics, and antihistamines within three months of being treated with traditional Chinese medicine.

The herbal treatments proved safe, with no abnormalities in liver and kidney function observed, Wisniewski adds.

“Chinese medicine is a very good alternative to conventional therapy for children with eczema,” she says.

More good news about Chinese medicine! Take note that the TCM therapy was multi-pronged - the patients drank herbs, applied an herbal cream externally, soaked in herbal baths, and had acupuncture.

I met Dr. Ming Jin about five years ago when I went for acupuncture at her clinic. At that time she was on 6th Avenue just on the edge of Herald Square in a mostly residential building. Later on she moved to much fancier renovated digs in a medical building on 5th Avenue and 30th or 29th St. She's a very nice lady! If you explore her website you'll find that she treated Bill Cosby, among others.

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