Complementary use of topical bitter melon for atopic dermatitis

  • Dai Park Children’s Foundation Research Center at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
  • Nguyen P. Tran Children’s Foundation Research Center at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
  • Jerald M. Duncan Children’s Foundation Research Center at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
  • D. Betty Lew | dlew@uthsc.edu Children’s Foundation Research Center at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, United States.

Abstract

Momordica 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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2012-05-10
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Keywords:
atopic dermatitis, Momordica charantia, case report, complementary therapies
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Park, D., Tran, N., Duncan, J., & Lew, D. (2012). Complementary use of topical bitter melon for atopic dermatitis. Alternative Medicine Studies, 2(1), e7. https://doi.org/10.4081/ams.2012.e7