Eczema affects 35 million Americas, yet this chronic skin condition does not have any known cure. There are a lot of researchers studying the condition and there is a variety of topical treatments and medications available however some individuals turn to herbal supplements and tea to relieve their symptoms.
It is important to talk with your doctor about whether these may be appropriate treatments for your skin condition and whether they can interact with any medication you currently take.
Green Tea for Eczema
Drinking green tea on a daily basic allows you to enjoy many of its health benefits, including the anti-inflammatory effects that can fight the case of eczema.
In a study published in the Korean Journal of Dermatology, researchers conclude that moisturizers containing green tea extracts can be effective for improving dry skin conditions. Due to the anti-inflammatory effects, green tea extracts can be used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis or xerotic eczema.
In 2012 a publication in the Mycobiology Journal, researchers also provide evidence that a bath therapy with extracts of green tea can be an safe and effective method treating patients with atopic dermatitis related to Malassezia Sympodialis (1).
Oolong Tea for Eczema
An early study in 2001, Japanese scientists investigated the effect of oolong tea against eczema.
Before we discuss this study, we would like to point out that oolong tea is in fact made from the same tea plant as green tea. However, unlike the minimally fermented leaves of green tea, oolong teas are semi fermented.
In the Japanese study mentioned above, 118 patients with eczema (atopic dermatitis) where asked to drink 3 times oolong tea per day. After just 1 month, 74 patients showed moderate improvement in their skin condition. After 6 months, even 64 patients showed a good improvement.
The researchers believe that the effectiveness of oolong tea might be attributable to the antiallergic properties of tea polyphenols. This study is important because it demonstrates that eczema can be reduced by drinking tea, instead of tea extract based creamed that are applied on the skin.
Red Clover Tea for Eczema
Ask your health-care provider if red clover tea may be helpful. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that red clover is effective in treating eczema or psoriasis, and the tea may be prepared by using 1 to 2 tsp. of dried flowers steeped in 8 oz. of hot water, and drink two to three cups daily (3).
Burdock Root Tea for Eczema
Burdock Root Tea has been found to be helpful for patients with acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Make burdock root tea with 2 to 6 g of burdock root steeped in approximately 2 cups of water, and drink this three times daily, recommends the University of Maryland Medical Center. Burdock root has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of eczema, acne and psoriasis (3).
Choosing Your Best Tea for Eczema
If you consider drinking tea for eczema, we also advise to look after the potential side effects of tea. As said, green tea contains the most tea polyphenols that can fight the inflammation that cases eczema. However, because green tea is the most ‘raw’ kind of tea, it can upset the stomach of some people. To avoid such side effects it’s better to drink green tea about 30 min after meals. If your stomach doesn’t feel good, then switch to an oolong or black tea. Though in lesser amount, they still contain loads of tea polyphenols (1).
Another worry could be caffeine. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, then only drink tea after your breakfast and lunch. If skipping the afternoon session still isn’t enough to avoid sleepless nights, you should switch to caffeine free Chrysanthemum flower teas.
Plasma Med Research is currently recruiting patients for atopic dermatitis (eczema) to participate in non-drug preclinical studies.
Reprinted partially from Source 1