Eczema is a common condition among children and adults. It can be very distressing with inflammation and intense itching of the skin which can lead to misery day and night. The most common type of eczema is known as 'atopic' and is associated with asthma and hayfever in childhood. Then there are several other types of eczema which affect mainly adults. The causes of eczema are not fully understood. There is often a family history of eczema or asthma, but environmental factors (e.g. chemicals, soaps, house dust and pollens), foods and emotional stress can play an important part.
Chinese herbal medicine is excellent in the treatment of eczema. Treatment with Chinese medicine is tailored to you as an individual. The practitioner will note your age and family history, the extent and colour of the rash and the degree of dryness/weeping and itching, whether there is blistering or pus, and other factors such as quality of sleep and digestion. The characteristics of your tongue and pulse, and mental/emotional aspects are taken into consideration. The practitioner will then choose a herbal formula (a combination of herbs), which may be modified during the course of treatment as the condition improves. This may be prescribed as medicine to take (teas or powders or pills) or as creams or ointment. Your practitioner may also recommend certain lifestyle and dietary changes. Typically treatments may last from 3 to 6 months, but improvements can often be seen within a couple of weeks.
Acupuncture may be use to treat Eczema too. It will help to clear heat and toxin in the body, and to help the skin recover.