Eczema (atopic dermatitis) refers to allergic inflammation of the skin characterized by redness, swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, and flaking, which can occur in small patches all over the body.
In Asia eczema is often called ‘skin asthma’ because of the high association of eczema to asthma. In TCM the lungs control the skin, which explains the high correlation between these two conditions. Increases in environmental toxins, poor air quality, hormones in food especially dairy and meat products are thought to be one reason why allergic conditions such as eczema are on the increase.
Conventional treatment is mostly aimed at symptomatic relief via steroids (topically or orally), which suppress the immune system to stop the allergic reaction or suppress bacteria or viruses associated with the condition. This unfortunately, whilst sometimes being able to manage the symptoms often does not get to the root of the problem to resolve it once and for all.
In TCM diet and healthy digestion is seen as being essential for healthy skin. Eczema is considered an internal disharmony, usually a sign of interior heat and dryness.
Excessive heat appears as inflammation, hyperactivity, or over-stimulation. An over-stimulating diet, digestive issues, irritating chemicals and hormonal activity are just a few things that may create heat in the body. Our skin reflects this heat as rashes, redness and dryness – all present in eczema symptoms.
Treating eczema with TCM uses acupuncture and dietary guidance based on a patient’s diagnosis. Helping to alleviate eczema symptoms requires understanding of the individual’s root causes. But there are a few things you can do at home.
Atopic eczema tends to come and go, even without treatment. There are some lifestyle changes that are generally considered to helpful for reducing the discomfort.
I practice Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Facial Acupuncture & Reiki at Content Beauty/Wellbeing in London. Areas of interest include skin conditions, women's health, gastro-intestinal health, pain relief & stress related conditions. In this blog I'll be sharing my top tips for a healthy and happy lifestyle.See my profile »