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A Traditional Medicine-Based Combination of Bamboo Salt and Egg White-Chalcanthite Ameliorates Atopic Dermatitis

Author(s): Somin Lee, Hyeon Yeol Ryu, Su Jin Kang, Hye Jin Kim, Eun A Choi, H. G. Kim, H. H. Seo, Ji Young Choi, C. Chea and Kyung Seuk Song*
Korea Conformity Laboratories, Gaetbeol-ro 145 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 21999, 1Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, 2Insan Bamboo Salt Inc. and Insan Medical Center Cancer Clinic, Hamyang 50003, Korea

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Kyung Seuk Song, Korea Conformity Laboratories, Gaetbeol-ro 145 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 21999, Korea, E-mail:

Bamboo salt and egg white-chalcanthite mixture has been prescribed for relieving the inflammation of atopic dermatitis in Hamyang, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea. This study was conducted to demonstrate the effect of atopic dermatitis on cell and atopic animal models using a combination of bamboo salt with egg white-chalcanthite, which have been used as folk remedies for inflammatory conditions. Based on the in vitro experiment, the 1:20 mixture of egg white-chalcanthite and bamboo salt was shown to inhibit the release of beta-hexosaminidase and histamine in rat basophilic leukemia cell line RBL-2H3 by sensitizing immunoglobulin E and inducing allergic responses by dinitrophenyl as well as the expression of inflammatory cytokines and inflammatory mediators in a dose-dependent manner in lipopolysaccharide-treated mouse macrophage cell line RAW 264.7 cells. Furthermore, egg white-chalcanthite with bamboo salt and its combination at different mixing ratios showed a decrease in inflammatory mediators. Dinitrochlorbenzene was applied to NC/Nga mice for 6 w to induce the atopic in vivo model. After 4 w administration of the test substance, the dermatitis decreased visually and dermal hyperplasia/inflammation, mast cell/eosinophils counts and degree of nerve fiber infiltration were decreased according to histopathological examination. In addition, the secretion rate of interferon gamma in high-dose treated group was lower than that in atopic dermatitis control group. These results show that bamboo salt with egg white-chalcanthite effectively relieves skin inflammation in atopic dermatitis and it might be a promising mineral agent for relieving the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

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