In the subacute and chronic stages of eczema, the Blood and Yin-fluids become consumed by the pathological processes. In addition the affected skin becomes thicker and darker, indicating localised Blood stasis. Thus the important treatment strategies for this stage include nourishing the Blood and Yin-fluids and activating the Blood to dispel stasis, in addition to continuing with the treatment principles for the acute stage i.e. clear Heat Toxin, clear Damp-Heat and dispel Wind from the skin. It is important to note that the formula is suitable for eczema with clinical features of a chronic presentation, i.e. reduced itching, scattered vesicles and papules, thickening and darkening of the skin.
It is not important how long the patient has been affected by this disorder, as there may be an acute presentation (i.e. severe itching, localized redness and multiple papules and vesicles) even after several months. If there are clinical features of an acute presentation, then the Acute Eczema Formula is more suitable.
Clears Heat Toxin and Damp-Heat, dispels Wind from the skin, nourishes the Blood and Yin, activates the Blood and dispels stasis.
Wind, Damp and Heat in the skin with Heat Toxin and Blood stasis.
Deficiency of the Blood and Yin.
Subacute eczema, chronic eczema.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Itching of the skin, Thickening of the skin, Inflammation of the skin, Darkening of the affected areas, Dryness of the skin, Vesicles, Exudation, Crusting
DOSAGE & COURSE OF TREATMENT
3 - 4 capsules, 2 - 3 times daily. In severe cases and in the early stages of treatment (first 2 - 3 weeks) the dosage may be increased by 50%. Course of treatment: 3 - 9 months.
Safe to use long term.
CONTRAINDICATIONS & INTERACTIONS
Avoid coffee, deep fried foods, hot spices, and 'hydrogenated' fats.
Caution for those on anti-coagulant medications (i.e. Heparin, warfarin or aspirin).
Contains Glycyrrhiza, which potentiates prednisone and corticosteroids by prolonging steroid biological half-life; caution in patients with hypertension.
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|Paeonia obovata, root|
|Rehmannia glutinosa, root (Chinese foxglove root)|
|Fallopia multiflora, root|
|Salvia miltiorrhiza, root|
|Astragalus membranaceus, root|
|Lonicera japonica, flower (Japanese honeysuckle)|
|Scutellaria baicalensis, root (Baikal skullcap)|
|Dictamnus desycarpus, stem bark (Chinese dittany root bark)|
|Artemisia annua, root|
|Sophora flavescens, root|
|Cynanchum stauntonii, root|
|Ligusticum wallichii, root|
|Tribulus terrestris, fruit|
|Citrus reticulata, fruit peel|
|Glycyrrhiza uralensis, root|
|Saposhnikovia divaricata, root,(ledebouriella root, siler)|