​Too Hard to Treat? – Discoveries by Dr. Xiu-Min Li Offer Hope for Eczema Patients.

​Too Hard to Treat? – Discoveries by Dr. Xiu-Min Li Offer Hope for Eczema Patients.

Jennie Lyon

Too Hard to Treat? – Discoveries by Dr. Xiu-Min Li Offer Hope for Eczema Patients.


Some eczema cases seem to resist the standard of care. Stubborn and steroid resistant, they might require a different approach.

Dr. Xiu-Min Li is a physician-scientist who works at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She also works part-time treating eczema patients whom other doctors have given up on using her own versions of Chinese medicine.

Dr. Li’s therapy includes an internal remedy of herbal tea, several external compounds including herbal bath additives and creams. Interestingly, these medicines were adapted from medicines developed to treat burns and other wounds during the wars of the Tang Dynasty (618-906). All are manufactured according to Dr. Li’s specifications and international standards of non-toxicity.

Patients who have followed Dr. Li’s methods have experienced significant improvements to their overall quality of life as measured by both SCORAD and DLQI, which are systems designed to measure severity of eczema. During the first three months of treatment, many patients have experienced 60-90% improvement (classified as “good”), and sustained it over 3 to 15 months of follow-up. Some patients have reached even higher scores, while some are slower to take to the treatment with only fair scores, but the overall improvements are significant.

Dr. Li’s patients have a record of tolerating the treatments well and the outcomes of the treatments have been noteworthy in many ways. For patients to experience long-term relief without side effects is remarkable.

These practices are quite foreign for Western doctors, so Dr. Li has sketched a program for mentoring the mainstream on how to use her medicines. She would also like to create a “practice network” to facilitate communication and support among practitioners.

Thank you to Henry Ehrlich, author of Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure, for sharing information about Dr. Li’s discoveries and practices. He is also the editor of asthmaallergieschildren.com. He and Dr. Li have a book coming out this May about her research and treatments for a range of allergic diseases. We are very excited about the work that she’s doing and the book release, and eagerly await more information this spring.