A Chinese herbal formula, Pei Tu Qing Xin Tang (PTQXT) is effective for decreasing disease severity and improving quality of life (QOL) in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). PTQXT is composed of nine herbs: Tai Zi Shen (Radix Pseudostellariae), Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae), Gou Teng (Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis), Xin Cao (Medulla Junci), Dan Zhu Ye (Herba Lophatheri), Yi Yi Ren (Semen Coicis), Shan Yao (RhizomaDioscoreae), Mu Li (Concha Ostreae) and Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae). Chinese researchers recruited 275 patients who were randomised to receive a 12-week treatment involving either PTQXT only, PTQXT plus external application of a Chinese herbal wash, or oral anti-histamine drugs plus placebo PTQXT pills, along with topical corticosteroid cream (usual care/positive control group). During the 12-week treatment period, mean dermatitis scores decreased gradually in all three groups. At week 28 and week 36, there was a significantly greater improvement in mean dermatitis and QOL scores for the Chinese herbal medicine-treated groups compared with the usual care control group.
Efficacy of a Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of atopic dermatitis: a randomised controlled study. Complement Ther Med. 2015 Oct;23(5):644-51.