Complementary use of topical bitter melon for atopic dermatitis
AbstractMomordica charantia (bitter melon) is popular in systems of traditional medicine to treat a variety of diseases including atopic dermatitis, which is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing skin disorder characterized by dry, scaly, pruritic skin. While there is growing community interest in adopting bitter melon as a complementary medicine, there are no clinical studies looking at its use for atopic dermatitis. Here we report a case of a 6-yearold female with severe refractory atopic dermatitis that responded to treatment with topical bitter melon in an open half-side comparison trial.
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Copyright (c) 2012 Dai Park, Nguyen P. Tran, Jerald M. Duncan, D. Betty Lew
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