Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Many alternative medicine therapies have helped some people manage their atopic dermatitis. One study showed that people who used Chinese herbal medications experienced reduced itching and other symptoms, but only temporarily. Another showed that four weeks of acupressure resulted in reduced itching and scaling.

Evidence for the following approaches isn't conclusive:

  • Dietary supplements, such as vitamins D and E, zinc, selenium, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, oolong tea, probiotics
  • Other plant-based therapies, including St. John's wort, calendula flowers, tea tree oil, German chamomile, Oregon grape root, licorice, rice bran broth (applied to the skin)
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bath therapy
  • Use of electrodes to change electromagnetic waves of the body (bioresonance)
  • Therapeutic use of color, light and relaxation techniques (chromotherapy)
  • Homeopathy
  • Massage therapy

If you're considering dietary supplements or other alternative therapies, talk with your doctor about their pros and cons.

July 26, 2014