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Psoriasis may Find a Cure in Traditional Chinese Indigo Ointment

by Tanya Thomas on  November 19, 2008 at 9:29 AM Research News   - G J E 4
Psoriasis may Find a Cure in Traditional Chinese Indigo Ointment
Indigo naturalis is a dark blue plant-based powder which has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Now, a report has suggested that an ointment concocted from this powder may harbor a treatment for psoriasis.
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Yin-Ku Lin, M.D., of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan, and colleagues found that the dark blue plant-based powder used in traditional Chinese medicine appears effective in treating the chronic skin disease for which no cure exists.

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The experts examined a random trial in 42 patients with psoriasis condition who had been asked to apply the indigo naturalis ointment to a psoriatic plaque on one side of their body and then a non-medicated ointment to a parallel plaque on the other side of their body.

Following 12 weeks of treatment, the researchers observed 81 percent improvement in the indigo naturalis ointment-treated lesions as compared to the 26 percent improvement shown by the use of non-medicated ointment.

While plaques of 34 patients, who had completed the study, treated with indigo were completely or almost completely cleared, none had suffered serious adverse effects.

The report, in the November issue of Archives of Dermatology, further revealed that only four patients using the indigo naturalis ointment complained of itching which lasted only for a few days at the start of treatment.

The authors wrote: "In conclusion, we present a randomized controlled trial showing the use of topical indigo naturalis ointment for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis to be both safe and effective."

Source: ANI
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where can i buy this ointment? is there any store in the philippines where can i purchase this medicine.... thanks..
fhade Saturday, June 6, 2009
san mabili??
guest Friday, September 18, 2009
i also want to know where one can buy this ointment? why doesn't someone know the answer to this question that all of us are asking??
pixie_465 Monday, December 1, 2008
I would very much like to buy this ointment. Please refer me to a website where I can order this product. Thank you!
Joan Chamberlain Friday, November 21, 2008
how can we avail of the product? where we could purchase it?
ennaid Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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