Zemaphyte (generic name)
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Zemaphyte® is a produced in the United Kingdom. The remedy contains licorice and nine other herbs. Zemaphyte® is most commonly used to treat steroid resistance eczema, childhood and adult eczema as well as atopic eczema.
The powder formulation of Zemaphyte® is normally dosed according to packets. One or two packets is mixed in hot water and drank once a day.
|Common Name/Pin Yin||Botanical Name||TCM Category Description|
|Siler (fangfeng)||Ledebouriella seseloides||dispel wind, relieve surface|
|Potentilla (baitougweng)||Potentilla chinensis||clear heat, dry damp|
|Akebia (mutong)||Clematis armandii||dry damp, promote diuresis|
|Rehmannia (dihuang)||Rehmannia glutinosa||clear heat, cool blood|
|Red peony (chishao)||Paeonia lactiflora||vitalize blood, clear heat|
|Lophatherum (danzhuye)||Lophatherum gracile||clear heat, purge fire|
|Dictamnus (baixianpi)||Dictamnus dasycarpus||clear heat, clean toxin|
|Tribulus (baijili)||Tribulus terrestris||calm wind|
|Licorice (gancao)||Glycyrrhiza glabra||remove toxin|
|Schizonepeta (jingjie)||Schizonepeta tennuifolia||dispel wind, relieve surface|
Zemaphyte® is proposed to exhibit it's main effects by producing an anti-inflammatory response as well as act as an immunomodulator or immunosuppressive agent.
Zemaphyte® has been proven in numerous clinical trials to reduce skin surface damage, erythema (redness of the skin) and itching as well as improve sleep quality.
A randomized, placebo controlled trial comparing Zemaphyte® to other Chinese herbal remedies commonly used for eczema found that the patients who used Zemaphyte® had less surface damage, less redness and better sleep than patients who used other Chinese herbal remedies.
SIDE EFFECTS/DRUG INTERACTIONS
Zemaphyte® has been associated with elevated liver function tests, diarrhea, uticaria (hives) as well as other rare but serious side effects.
Zemaphyte® has been shown to interact with methotrexate.
A qualified healthcare provider should be consulted before making decisions about therapies and/or health conditions.
This information has been edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com).
Vender RB. 20 October 2006. www.skintherapyletter.ca
Zhang W, Leonard T, Bath-Hetal F, et al. Chinese herbal medicine for atopic eczema. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Apr 18;(2):CD002291.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.