Effective eczema treatment side-lined with loss of patient choice
Charles Buck - Sept 2020
Chinese medicine (CM) was almost unknown in the UK in 1989 when doctors at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital published trials on over 1000 eczema patients of a ten-herb brew called Zemaphyte.
Best practice in CM tailors treatment to each individual - a process that requires a long specialist training. The dermatologists did not have this, so a fixed formula was used and the results published in the British Medical Journal. These trials showed that over 70% of patients benefited. Standard care for eczema is often unsatisfactory, so there was excitement from patients and from the medical world.
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