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2022 Aug 26




and : Food Ingredients as Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis-A Comprehensive Review.


Chew Y-L, Khor M-A, Xu Z, Lee S-K, Keng J-W, Sang S-H, Akowuah G A, Goh K W, Liew K B, Ming L C
Molecules. 2022 Aug 26; 27(17).
PMID: 36080243.


Traditional medicine is critical in disease treatment and management. Herbs are gaining popularity for disease management and treatment. Therefore, they can be utilised as complementary and alternative treatment (CAT) ingredients. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the common non-communicable diseases. It is characterised by chronic inflammatory skin disease with intense pruritus and eczematous lesions. AD is associated with oxidative stress, microbial infection, and upregulation of inflammatory cytokines. Both children and adults could be affected by this skin disorder. The prevalence of AD is increasing along with the country's level of development. This review revisited the literature on four medicinal herbs widely used as complementary medicine to manage AD. These therapeutic herbs are commonly eaten as food and used as spices in Asian cuisine. The four food herbs reviewed are , , Linn, and . Their traditional uses and phytochemical content will be covered. Four relevant pharmacological and biological activities of the plants crucial in AD management have been reviewed and discussed, including anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, and wound recovery.