I was introduced this strange looking Chinese herb called Phellodendron (OBAKU in Japanese & Huang Bai in Chinese) when my son got an impetigo which is highly contagious skin infection that causes red sores all over the skin after taking swimming class at the local public elementary school. First, I found a few red spots around his belly, then, the red spots spread all over his body within a day. Since I did not know what to do, I consulted the macrobiotic instructor. She told me to apply the yellow powder of Phellodendron to the skin directly. At first, I was so skeptical to use this curry powder like as a medicine. But, I applied on the surface of the red spot. The result was amazing! It disappeared completely within a few days without any side affects.
Ever since, I introduce this Chinese herb whenever my family have skin problems. It works like a magic. In Chinese medicine, this herb is used for internal organs such as kidney and heart as an internal medicine, which I am not yet familiar with. But this anti-inflammatory, sterilizing properties are very effective to many skin disorders, and also a small cut. Once I accidentally cut my finger deeply by knife, I immediately apply the philodendron powders and put the bandage. I had to change a few times for first a few hours, then it stopped bleeding. Next day, the edges of the wounds come together and already healed.
Now, I don't have any more powder, but I found dried phellodendron at Herb Room in Santa Cruz → https://www.facebook.com/foodbinherbroom/. You can find it in the drawer 10 as the picture shown. You can also buy at the local Chinese herbal store. I usually make medicine from it and store in the refrigerator for a week. You can damp cloth and apply to the effected area. Currently, my mother is visiting us from Japan, and she is suffering from an atopic dermatitis on her upper body, so I started to apply this philodendron liquid every morning and night. I hope I can post the picture of before & after near future...
Here's the recipe for the philodendron liquid:
In the small sauce pan, add 300ml of water and 10g (1/4 cup) of philodendron and boil for 20 minutes with medium heat. The water will be reduced about 200ml. Pour in the sanitized jar, and store in the refrigerator after it gets cool. That's all. If you or your children is suffering from some type of skin disorders, perhaps, you can try it out. 😃