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Alternative treatment may not help eczema
[Posted: Tue 16/12/2003 www.irishhealth.com]
By Deborah Condon
An alternative treatment which was previously thought to improve symptoms of eczema, may not ease the skin condition after all, the results of a new study suggest.
The research looked at borage oil, which is sold as starflower oil in some health food shops and chemists. Purified borage oil contains a minimum of 23% gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid which is required for normal skin function.
Researchers followed the progress of 151 patients with atopic eczema, the most common form of the condition, over a period of 12 weeks. Each day, the participants were given either high dose borage oil (containing 920mg of GLA) or a placebo in matching capsules.
Atopic eczema, which can appear as an itchy, scaly rash
The study found that the symptoms and signs of the condition improved to a similar degree in both groups, although a marginally greater improvement was actually seen in the placebo group.
The British researchers suggest that GLA is 'unlikely to offer any useful benefit in the treatment of atopic eczema'.
Details of this study are published in the 'British Medical Journal'.
Eczema is a group of skin complaints that can affect all age groups and can occur anywhere on the body. It is an inflammatory response of the skin to a variety of external or internal influences. For more information on this condition, see our 'Eczema Clinic' at...
|John(johnwilliams) Posted: 16/12/2003 23:26|
|Is anyone surprised? It is high time that 'alternative', 'complimentary','homeopathic' etc treatments were all subject to stringent medical trials. Then the public would see what these 'quack' treatments really are.|
|Diarmuid(Dodalaigh) Posted: 07/01/2004 11:24|
|What alternative treatments have people found helpful for eczema?|
|Anonymous Posted: 31/03/2005 16:52|
|Does anyone know of any successful alternative methods which can help Atopic Eczema?|
|therese(metin) Posted: 11/07/2005 23:11|
|i beg to differ,yes it does help eczema,and its all natural.fish in turkey can actually cure this skin con..they eat the bad skin from your body and there saliva has some type of healing .this is alternative medicine!|
|eve Posted: 06/11/2005 11:24|
|The fish in Turkey sound interesting. Where can I get information on that ?|
|sandra Posted: 23/03/2006 23:27|
|We spent five extremely stressful years with a child who had eczema and tried several alternative treatments all to NO avail, the only peace we ever got was from special sleep suits from a company in Dublin in the end at the age of six he has largely grown out of the severe end of the disease now we can cope with the asthma.|
|Di Posted: 14/04/2006 02:46|
|After more than 3 years of going through head to toe hell with me skin I decided to take the plunge and to try Ozone Therapy. The patient is placed in a steam tank and exposed to pure oxygen. There has been a marked improvement. So much so, that I have decided to invest in the technology myself because I feel it to be so important that more people are exposed to this truly remarkable avenue.|
|scullivor Posted: 03/01/2008 09:52|
|Anyone know if the fish thing is worth the money. I see its done in limerick. Anyone know if its a treatment nearer dublin??? My skin is broken and weeping and its so sore. and now im getting bumps over my other hand too, as if its spreading. I cant write, wash, or bend my fingers. Its so sore. If this fish thing actually worked for someone id do it straight away.|
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