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Herbal Remedies - Do They Work?

I am a 44 year old female - I have had this disease all my life - I remember having the rash at 15. I live in Australia and it looks like, as an 80s teenager, when tanned was cool - that I might have overdone it. My Grovers has flared up badly over the last 12 months. I have the rash under my breasts, down my back, on both thighs and calves, and on both arms, sometimes up my neck. The itch is incredible. I have been misdiagnosed numerous times, before my Dr finally sent a biopsy and had it confirmed 100% - I have spent a fortune on pills and potions that don't work, including the antibiotic/cortisone treatments. Now the dermatologist is talking about Phototherapy (which I am not sure I can afford) or oral retinoids (which are known to damage kidneys and liver) Anything which causes that much harm can't be good for you. I have naturally oily skin so putting something like coconut oil on my skin just makes me shine, but I am willing to try anything. I have read online about the promises of Graveton, Vegnofax and Gorvical - I am naturally skeptical of some of the amazing claims they all make. Do they actually work? I would like to hear from real people with real stories - not planted testimonials.
Also has anyone tried a nautropath or homeopathic treatment with good results?
aprilsun1368 aprilsun1368 41-45 3 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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Hi I read your story and identify with your frustration. I just created a website for those of us who suffer from Grovers Disease. I'm not selling anything. I AM trying to help reduce stress and help prevent others from going thru endless doctor visits and wasting money. I would value your opinion if you would take a few minutes to look at it and tell me if you think it would have helped you initially. I want it to grow to help others. So going forward any suggestions would help me help others. Especially since I'm doing research on blogging and if starting. Blog might also help. I've never blogged before so I won't jump in unless I can really help. Please read my personal story under Treatment, and Relief. You are not alone.

Hi - I am a late 30's female and was diagnosed nearly 4 years ago. Mine flared up when my father passed away and my doctor and derm seem to think it was brought on by stress. I only get it on my chest - very itchy and inconvenient always having to think about what to wear to cover it!

This is the weird thing ..... everytime I go on holidays it clears up. It has baffled us all.

I have been to derm, doctor, naturopath, had allergy tests and tried numerous creams to no avail. The best success I have had is by using Hope's Relief Premium Eczema Cream - they have a website or your local chemist, or Priceline. Takes the itch away and it has been the only thing to work - also kept the rash to say 95% clear.

About 3 weeks ago I had a massive flare up after eating salami pizza and red wine. It got me thinking that i always drink red wine at home (say 3-4 times per week) and NEVER on holidays. I was also reading Karen Fishcher's The Eczema Diet book and she mentions a herb/vitamin called Quercetin. So i stopped the red wine, got Herbs of Gold Quercetin Complex and also found Bimminne II (herbs for eczema) on theallergyshop.com.au - i kid you not ..... rash free!! I am soooo happy - I can't believe it. Rash free in 1 week.

I'm going to keep taking the tablets for 3 months, then cut out the Bimminne ones, then gradually the Quercetin and not drink red wine and see how it goes.

I know how much money you have probably spent because I have done the same. Might be worth a try, especially the red wine bit.

Good luck, it must be so hard for you having it this long. My 4 years was killing me. I will let you know if I have a relapse anytime soon - be interesting to see how long I stay rash free.

Another thing I did that helped (and also helped my cat whose hair was falling-out), i stopped using fabric softener. My cat had major skin issues and we didn't know why - she now is perfect again.

You live in Australia and have not tried 100% unrefined Emu Oil!!! OMG - go get it tomorrow, my dad stopped itching within 2 days and almost completely healed within 2 weeks. I truly hope this helps you also, I have every confidence it will!!!!