Prescriptions For Skin Diseases

The following prescriptions are suggested as a starting point. Herb selection depends on pathophysiology, the patient, the herbs most suited to the individual, and the actions of the herbs.

General strategies

Consider regulating or enhancing specific body systems, organs, or tissues, and using alteratives to correct imbalances. The gut-skin connection is a central consideration. While the action of alteratives is unclear, they are invaluable in the treatment of chronic allergic skin disease. Optimize nutrition, and improve vitality by using tonics and adaptogens. Concurrent conventional therapy may be required initially, and doses may need to be reduced after 4 to 6 weeks. Continue herbal therapy for a minimum of 3 months.

Atopy and skin allergies

Reduce exposure to known allergens. Consider an elimination diet, as well as herbs that modulate immunity (those that down regulate TH2 cells). Use herbs to reduce allergic pruritis and those with antiinflammatory action. Also consider herbs that inhibit mast cell release of histamine.

For allergic dermatitis with either dry or moist skin lesions, give:

Burdock: Depurative, mildly laxative, nutritive; 1 part.

Red clover: Alterative; 1 part.

Cleavers: Diuretic, astringent; 1 part.

Nettle leaf: Nutritive, circulatory stimulant, antiinflammatory, diuretic; 1 part.

Astragalus: Immune modulating, tonic, diuretic; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

For atopic dermatitis, give:

Baical skullcap: Anti-allergy, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, mild sedative, diuretic, bitter; 1 part.

Nettle leaf: Nutritive, circulatory stimulant, antiinflammatory, diuretic; 1 part.

Burdock: Depurative, mildly laxative, nutritive; 1 part.

Licorice: Anti-inflammatory, adaptogen, laxative, taste improver; 1 part.

Astragalus: Immune modulating, tonic, diuretic; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

For alopecia, dry skin, dry or coarse coat, and brittle nails, give:

Horsetail: Contains minerals, including silica; 1 part.

Bladderwrack: Contains iodine, may be useful in sub-clinical hypothyroid; 1 part.

Red clover: Alterative; 1 part.

Burdock: Alterative, mildly laxative, contains linoleic acid; 1 part.

Rehmannia: Adaptogen, blood tonic; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food,

For alopecia, substitute Panax ginseng for Red clover. A methanol extract of Panax red ginseng promoted hair growth on mouse vibrissal follicles in organ culture. This indicated that Ginseng radix possesses hair-growth-promoting activity and its bioactive components are partially attributable to the Ginseng saponin components.

Chronic pyoderma

Improve systemic health. Use herbs that improve immunity, reduce bacterial load, and support the lymphatic system. Use alteratives to improve metabolism. The following are suggested:

Echinacea: Immune modulating, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, vulnery; 1 part.

Cleavers: Diuretic, astringent, lymphatic; 1 part.

Astragalus: Immune modulating, tonic, diuretic; 1 part.

Calendula: Lymphatic, antiinflammatory, astringent, vulnery, cholagogue; 1 part.

Withania: Tonic, adaptogen, nervine, sedative, antiinflammatory; 1 part.

Poke root: Immune enhancing, lymphatic; add l / 20th of volume of formula.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Chronic demodex

Consider using conventional treatment, which may relieve suffering much faster than herbal treatment. If these treatments are ineffective or inappropriate for the patient, however, consider herbs to improve immunity, reduce secondary bacterial load, improve systemic health (especially GIT health), and nourish skin.

Echinacea: Immune modulating, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, vulnery; 1 part.

Burdock: Depurative, mildly laxative, nutritive; 1 part.

Panax ginseng: Adaptogen, thymoleptic, tonic, immunostimulant, hepatoprotective; 1 part.

Baptisia: Antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiseptic; 1 part.

Calendula: Lymphatic, antiinflammatory, astringent, vulnery, cholagogue 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Consider adding poke root at 5% of the formula for sarcoptic mange. It has been suggested that sarcoptic mange in dogs is susceptible to local application of crude extracts of Garlic, Neem, and Sitaphalas, 1:10 (v / w), resulting in recovery rates of 54%, 67%, and 44%, respectively. The average numbers of days required for complete cure were 22 ± 0.6, 27 ± 1.7, and 28 ± 1.9 days. All treatments were ineffective in treating Demodex species infection.