I suffered from one of the worst varieties of atopic dermatitis called Lichen Simplex Chronicus for about 20 years. Creams, sunlight exposure, sea water and various natural therapies may have provided some relief on occasion, however, I had never found a cure and overall, my condition progressed with time.
Until, something extraordinary happened a year and a half ago, as I started taking 300mg of St Johns Wort a day, to treat an unrelated and temporary anxiety condition. After about 6 weeks of treatment, the redness, scaling and oozing on my skin had completely dissappeared. After about 5-6 months, all the scarring left from those 20 years combating the disease was gone, and I literally had fresh new skin growing everywhere the lesions used to be.
I could not understand how this miracle had taken place and decided to do some research to see if there might be a scientific explanation. It turns out I discovered several recent scientific research articles explaining that a common but tough-to-beat bacteria was involved in about 90% of cases of atopic dermatitis. Here is a link to one of these articles: http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201310/stapheczema
If you read the article, you will learn that the bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus is at least an aggravating factor, responsible amongst other things, of the chronic itching often associated with a worsening of the condition. Then I found out that a molecule present in St Johns Wort called Hyperforin, was one of the most effective antimicrobial agents against Staphylococcus Aureus. In fact, the bacteria is often resistant to most of the conventional antibiotics on the market. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=%22staphylococcus+aureus%22+and+%22hyperforin%22
So, there it is, my lesions are completely gone and there is no doubt in my mind that St Johns Wort was behind my success. This does not guarantee it will work for everyone and as a word of caution, St Johns Wort can interact with other medications, so it is essential to read about those potential interactions before trying it out. Hope this helps as much as it helped me!