Mediators of Inflammation (2014-01-01)

Topical Herbal Application in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis: A Review of Animal Studies

  • Younghee Yun,
  • Kyuseok Kim,
  • Inhwa Choi,
  • Seong-Gyu Ko

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2014


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Herbs are widely used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD) in Eastern Asian countries, and certain herbs regarded have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with AD. With the goal of developing a topical herbal agent for AD, we conducted a systematic review of in vivo studies of AD-like skin models for screening potential herbs. Searches were conducted from PubMed and EMBASE. After all, 22 studies were included for this review. We judged most of the domains of all studies to be at unclear risk of bias. Among 22 included studies, 21 herbs have been reported to reduce AD-like skin lesions in mouse models by suppressing Th2 cell response. Our findings may offer potential herbs for the topical application treatment of AD.