Traditional Chinese herbal therapy for atopic dermatitis

On a short-term basis, Chinese herbal therapy has helped some people with atopic dermatitis. The traditional herbs may contain naturally occurring corticosteroids, which may reduce itching.1

Serious side effects have been linked to some Chinese herbal therapies, including a dangerous buildup of toxins in the liver.1 Because some herbal treatments may be poisonous, people receiving Chinese herbal therapy should have their liver and kidney function tested before treatment and at least every 6 months during the treatment period.

If you choose this therapy, tell your doctor so that it can be recorded and considered in your medical history and treatment.


  1. Leung D (2000). Atopic dermatitis: New insights and opportunities for therapeutic intervention. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 105(5): 860–76.

Last Updated: May 5, 2008

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: Martin Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

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