Herb Cure for Clear Skin

Our herbal advisor swears by Oregon grape

If you have psoriasis, eczema, or blepharitis (chronic eyelid inflammation), here's some good news: At my clinic/pharmacy in London, we've discovered a safe, effective herbal treatment.

Here's the story: I read about a wonder cure for skin diseases in an old medical textbook. Made from Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium), it was introduced in 1869 by Parke, Davis, and Company. Intrigued, I investigated and found plenty of evidence that physicians were actually winning the war against these skin diseases with a common herb.

Convinced it was worth a try, I began treating patients with Oregon grape. We had success beyond our expectations. A London journalist wrote about our treatment, and before long, thousands of people with chronic skin problems had come to us. In about 70% of our cases, Oregon grape triggered a huge improvement.

I was amazed at some of the recoveries we witnessed. People who'd been suffering for years were finally itch-, rash-, and embarrassment-free. But was this just a fluke? I don't think it was. In the first place, many 19th-century doctors found Oregon grape to be an effective treatment. And contemporary research has served to validate their findings.

In a study of 49 psoriasis patients conducted at the University of Freiburg in Germany, researchers found that Oregon grape soothed the inflammatory tendency and combated the overproduction of keratin associated with psoriasis.

PHOTO (COLOR): Great grape for eczema.

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By Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH

Edited by Sara Altshul, Prevention's alternative medicine editor

THE TREATMENT

Take one measuring teaspoon of Oregon grape tincture (1:5) three times a day, and apply Oregon grape cream to affected areas twice a day.

Be patient; use this treatment for 3 months before judging its effectiveness. If it works for you, stick with it for up to 2 years, depending on the severity of your case.

Caution: If you have blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), use the tincture but skip the cream.

PHOTO (COLOR): This duo curbs psoriasis.

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