Navigation Links
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Date:11/18/2008

Traditional Chinese therapy proved helpful in relieving skin scaling, hardening, study finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Indigo ointment may benefit patients with plaque-type psoriasis, Taiwanese researchers say.

They studied 42 people with treatment-resistant psoriasis who were treated with an ointment made from indigo naturalis, a dark blue, plant-based powder used in traditional Chinese medicine. The patients applied the ointment to a psoriatic plaque on one side of their body (usually the arm, elbow, leg or knee) and applied a non-medicated ointment to a psoriatic plaque on the other side of their body.

The patients' skin plaques were assessed at the start of the study and again after two, four, six, eight, 10 and 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, the plaques treated with the indigo ointment showed an 81 percent improvement in scaling, redness, and hardening, compared to a 26 percent improvement in the plaques treated with the non-medicated ointment.

None of the 34 patients who completed the study experienced worsening psoriasis in the areas treated with the indigo ointment, and the treated plaques were completely or almost completely cleared in 25 (74 percent) of those patients. Four patients experienced itching after applying the indigo ointment but only for a few days at the start of the treatment. There were no serious side effects, the researchers said.

The study, published in the November issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology, shows the indigo ointment is safe and effective, Dr. Yin-Ku Lin, of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University in Taoyuan, and colleagues, said in a news release issued by the journal.

"Future research for a more potent extraction from this crude herb that can provide better absorption and convenience would help improve patient compliance with the treatment regimen. However, much more research will be necessary to clarify the pharmacology of indigo naturalis," they concluded.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about psoriasis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Nov. 17, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Rhinestone Cure Sets the Glitz to Benefit Diabetes at Hotel Indigo
2. Mylan Announces Appointment of M. Fabiana Lacerca as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
3. Deep concern and disappointment with exclusion of Medicare from SCHIP legislation
4. Deep concern and disappointment with exclusion of Medicare from SCHIP legislation
5. Mylan Announces Appointment of David A. Lillback as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources
6. Mylan Announces Appointment of Brian Byala as Senior Vice President and Treasurer
7. Mylan Announces Appointment of Didier Barret as President, Europe, Middle East and Africa
8. Mylan Announces Appointment of Harry A. Korman as President, North America
9. Mylan Announces Appointment of John Montgomery as President, Asia Pacific
10. PA Governor Rendell Announces Latest Nominations and Appointments
11. Great disappointment in veto of SCHIP legislation expressed by American College of Physicians
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
(Date:12/6/2016)... Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 ... ... 11th consecutive year to "Training" magazine’s 2017 Training Top 125 for their industry ... goals. This prestigious, annual award recognizes USA as among the global elite in ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... Edward Buckingham MD , ... arrival of the newest Sciton laser in January 2017. The Halo is the ... and ablative wavelengths for exceptional results. Outperforming more traditional lasers, the innovative Halo ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... VA (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... today announced it has been featured in SuperbCrew magazine, a leading online tech ... tech world. This interview, now featured on SuperbCrew.com, explores the state of enterprise ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... leading global lifestyle design firm kathy ireland® Worldwide for five additional years, announced ... entered into an exclusive licensing agreement three years ago to design and develop ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... Physicians Education Resource®, ... International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies®: Focus on Leukemias, Lymphomas, and Myeloma, on February ... are honored to have Amy E. Herman present at this year’s conference, her ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... DUBLIN , Dec 5, 2016 ... Blotting Market by Product (Instruments, Consumables), Application (Biomedical & Biochemical Research, ... Companies) - Global Forecasts to 2021" report to their offering. ... , , ... reach USD 730.7 Million in 2021 from USD 574.8 Million in ...
(Date:12/5/2016)...  Sharn Anesthesia Inc. announced today that it has ... for Salter Labs.  The company also received the 2015 ... outstanding sales performance. Salter Labs is a ... including the market gold standard ECO 2 sampling ... the Parker Flex-Tip® Endotracheal Tube, which is a leading ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... and PUNE, India , December ... report by Allied Market Research, titled, "Global Cancer Biomarkers Market ... revenue of cancer biomarkers market is projected to reach $15,737 ... CAGR of 13.3% from 2016 to 2022. Omic technologies segment ... 2015 and is expected to maintain its dominance during the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: