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2022 Nov 18

Medicine (Baltimore)



Effectiveness of Sopoongsan for chronic upper body pruritus in patients with atopic or seborrheic dermatitis: A pilot study protocol for a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel trial.


Chronic pruritus persists for > 6 weeks and is known to decrease patients' quality of life. Due to the complex pathological mechanism of chronic pruritus, there is still a lack of satisfactory therapeutic agents; therefore, complementary therapies are required to improve itching symptoms. In the Republic of Korea, Sopoongsan, an herbal formula, has been used to treat itching, dizziness, and skin paralysis. To our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate whether Sopoongsan improves chronic pruritus and to identify Sopoongsan-related changes in the immune response in patients with chronic upper body pruritus.