Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am suffering from jock itch and have been using over-the-counter anti-fungals for 4 weeks, with unimpressive results. Can you suggest an herbal remedy?
A: Tinea crusis, a fungal infection, also know as “jock itch”, is often the result of a compromised immune condition. OTC medications may help alleviate the immediate symptoms, but the root cause needs to be addressed. I suggest you consult a licensed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner that can properly diagnose your specific condition, and prescribe herbal topical and internal prescriptions to address the root causes of your problem. There are several herbs and herbal preparations that may help with the problem. Your practitioner will be able to determine which one would be best suited for your condition. You can locate a licensed practitioner at www.acupuncture.com