"The itch is a mean, unconfessable, ridiculous malady."
         -Andre Gide


Eczema is a dermatological condition that affects millions of people around the world; and in the United States, 1 in 8 people suffers from eczema. The common symptoms of this skin condition (medically categorized under dermatitis) are inflammation, redness, itching and dryness of the skin. Excessive itching gives the skin a scaly appearance with a leathery texture due to thickening of the skin layers, often on hands, feet, joints, and the neck.


Although eczema is not contagious, its most irritating aspect, apart from the unseemly appearance it gives to the skin, is the persistent itching that occurs. It can be severe enough to disturb sleep. The causes of eczema are usually attributed to allergens to which the skin reacts adversely. Although it is not definite, eczema is an inherited condition in some people.  Eczema flare-up is a recurring symptom, characterized by inflammation.


There are many creams and lotions available in the market that help in cleansing and moisturizing the skin. They also act as anti-inflammatory agents, as well as anti-irritants. These days, herbal natural products are fast becoming the preferred means of eczema treatment as natural, safer alternatives to topical or oral steroid/immunosuppressant therapy.


Since the skin becomes more prone to adverse reactions to different substances that are commonly used like soaps, detergents and different cosmetics which may contain differing degrees of chemical content, eczema treatment is ideal with substances that have only natural ingredients in balanced proportions.


Asian Strategies on Healing Eczema

Allergic skin rashes such as eczema, hives, and psoriasis all stem from the imbalance of the immune system and are manifest in skin inflammation.  For centuries people have relied on the following holistic strategies to heal skin rashes from inside out using botanical remedies:


  • Heal from Within by re-balancing the immune system to boost its efficiency in detoxifying allergic toxin in the body, and to strengthen the body's innate ability to maintain healthy homeostasis thereby desensitizing it to allergens that cause skin rashes; and
  • Restore Normal Skin Function by using topical anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch botanicals to calm the skin inflammation and itching, control bacterial and fungal infection, and change the local environment so as to promote tissue regeneration, leading to restoration of normal skin barrier function.  This way the skin is strengthened to become more resistant to adverse allergic attacks.

Botanicals Used in Asia for Detoxifying Allergic Toxins:

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica)

Known for thousands of years for its "cooling" and detoxifying effects in Asia, the flower of this plant has been demonstrated to have broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.


Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia Cordada)

Consumed as a vegetable in Vietnam and in Southwest China, research conducted in Korea, China and Japan demonstrated that the extract of the whole plant has broad-spectrum antiviral and antibacterial effects, as well as detoxifying and anti-inflammatory effects.


Botanicals Used in Asia for Re-Balancing the Immune System:

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

Known for 2000 years as the "medicine of the kings" in Asia, demonstrated by modern research, for its immunity-enhancing, immuno-therapeutic and anti-cancer effects, as well as its direct antiviral and antibacterial effects.


Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinus Edodes)

As a popular ingredient in Asian cooking it not only enhances the flavor of food, but also carries long-cherished nutritional and medicinal benefits.


Botanicals Used in Asia for Repairing Wounds and Restoring Skin Functions:

Camellia seed oil (Camellia oleifera)

Composed mainly of oleic acid (almost 82%, the highest among all natural oils) and vitamin E, camellia seed oil is the most penetrative of all natural oils, capable of permeating deeply into the lower layers of the skin to greatly enhance the beneficial effects of natural collagen and elastin.  For thousands of years camellia oil has been the main cooking oil in southern part of China. In Japan, Korea and China camellia oil is used extensively for making skin care products due to its excellent moisturizing and anti-wrinkle/scarring properties, as well as in hair care products to enhance shine and manageability of the hair.


Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa Andr.)

The first record for medical use of tree peony bark has been appeared in the Chinese medical literature of The Divine Farmer's Materia Medica (25 A.D. to 220 A.D.). In traditional Chinese Medicine, this botanical is used for clearing heat and cools blood, invigorating blood circulation and dispersing blood stasis. Tree peony bark is reported with the following pharmacological properties: anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-hypertensive.


Coptis (Coptis chinensis Franch.)

The first record for medical use of coptis has been appeared in the Chinese medical literature of The Divine Farmer's Materia Medica (25 A.D. to 220 A.D.). In traditional Chinese Medicine, this botanical is used for clearing heat and draining dampness, draining fire and resolving fire toxicity, stopping bleeding, and clearing heat topically. Modern pharmacological studies reveal that coptis has a broad spectrum of antibiotic effects against a wide range of bacteria including Bacillus dysenteriae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Salmonella typhi, E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, etc.


Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum)

The first record for medical use of rhubarb has been appeared in the Chinese medical literature of The Divine Farmer's Materia Medica (25 A.D. to 220 A.D.). In traditional Chinese Medicine, rhubarb is used extensively as a purgative to treat a wide variety of accumulations, including constipation caused by excess heat, epigastric distention, fullness. Modern research reveals that rhubarb root has a remarkable purgative effect, hemostatic effects in stopping bleeding, and broad spectrum antibiotic activity, especially against the streptococcus and staphylococcus strains of bacteria.

Related Health Concerns

Broad-Spectrum Allergies

"People are taking two, three, sometimes four different medications at a time to relieve their symptoms quickly and effectively because they are increasingly unsatisfied with their allergy medications. This can be a very costly, dangerous and frequently ineffective solution to treating bothersome symptoms," Dr. Alpen Patel, a
medical-scientific council member of the Asthma and Allergy Association
of America.

Skin Rash / Hives

Allergic reaction often manifests in skin rash or hives (urticaria), and sometimes deep skin swelling (angioedema). Hives are outbreaks of swollen, itchy, pale red bumps, patches, or welts on the skin that appear suddenly as a result of allergic reaction. They could appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, or ears, varying size from small bumpy spots to large patches known as plaques.

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Botano Guard

Botano Guard™ capsules deliver a synergistic combination of natural immune boosters with broad-spectrum antiviral and antibacterial herbs that, together, build defensive and offensive protection against harmful microorganisms.



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