Many of our early customers who used the Eczema Ointment Natural Repair have reported to us the product decreased their itch almost instantaneously. Those anecdotal reports prompted our team to conduct a clinical trial to formally study the anti-itch effect of the ointment.
The results of this study were very encouraging. The herbal ointment had immediate and long lasting effect to help with relief of itch. There was an overall 61% reduction in itch score 5-10 minutes after application.
The study results have been accepted for presentation at the 40th Hawaii Dermatology Seminar Conference On February 14-19, 2016. Please read below for detailed results.
ASSESMENT OF THE ANTIPRURITIC EFFICACY OF A TOPICAL HERBAL OINTMENT: A PILOT STUDY
Pruritus or itching is a common symptom associated with a number of skin conditions. There are a limited number of effective topical treatments that provide rapid and durable relief. A large number of natural herbs have been described to provide anti-pruritic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Assess the efficacy of a topical herbal ointment in providing rapid and durable relief for itch.
Fourteen subjects with an average age of 32 years old were enrolled. The subjects had three different types of skin conditions. Three patients had recent insect bites (<3 days), 4 were diagnosed with psoriasis and 7 with eczema. Each subject was asked to rate their itching score from 1-10 (e.g, 10 as most severe itch) at baseline, 5 minutes and 2 hours after application of the topical herbal ointment, which contained meadowfoam delta-lactone, indigofera tinctoria leaf extract, glycyrrhiza uralensis (licorice) root extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, coptis chinensis root extract, taraxacum ofﬁcinale (dandelion) extract, mentha herba (peppermint) extract, phellodendron amurense bark extract, rubia cordifolia root extract.
The average itch sore was 6.7 at the baseline. Five minutes after application, all 14 patients experienced a decrease in itch sensation, with a mean itch score of 2.6 on the self-reported itch scale. This represents an average of 61% reduction in itch score. Two hours after treatment, 12 patients reported to have the same or lower itch score as when they reported during the 5-minute assessment. All subjects tolerated the treatment, and there was no skin irritation.
This is an observational study with no control vehicle or group, and it had a small number of subjects who had 3 separate skin conditions. It will be interesting to compare the efficacy of this topical herbal ointment to topical steroids.
These preliminary results showed this topical herbal ointment to have provided rapid and sustained relief for patients with pruritus associated with eczema, psoriasis and insect bites.
Itch is a very common symptom seen not only in eczema but also many other skin conditions. In fact, individuals suffering from Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome and lichen sclerosus are most troubled by itch. It interferes with their sleep and dramatically affects the quality of life. Many people with other skin conditions have used Eczema Ointment and reported to experience significant relief in itch and improvement with their skin.
For More information on ways to combat itch, manage eczema and deal with topical steroid withdrawal syndrome please read our other blog posts. If you have any further questions, please contact us.
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