Background: Atopic eczema is a chronic, pruritic and relapsing skin disease. Traditional Chinese medicine use for atopic eczema is not uncommon. However, large-scale studies and general agreement on treating atopic eczema by Chinese medicine are lacking.
Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the characteristics and utilization of traditional Chinese medicine in patients with atopic eczema in a medical center.
Methods: We retrospectively collected medical records of patients with atopic eczema at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan between 2003 and 2011. Data including demographic data, treatment duration, serum total immunoglobulin Elevels, and prescription were examined.
Results: Overall, 3,848 patients (8.92% of all patients with atopic eczema) received traditional Chinese medicine between 2003 and 2011. Among these patients, 2,599 (67.54%) only used TCM therapy and 1,249 (32.46%) chose to combine TCM and WM therapies. The most frequent comorbidities are allergic rhinitis (46.60%) and asthma (21.32%). There were totally 81,443 prescriptions and the most common herbal formula and single herb were Xiao-Feng-San (16.66%) and Bai-Xian-Pi (Cortex Dictamni) (12.86%), respectively.
Conclusion: This single medical center-based study investigated the prescription patterns of traditional Chinese medicine in atopic eczema patients. The information could be used as references for basic and clinical studies in the future.