Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Dermatitis

What Is Dermatitis?


Dermatitis - Basics

Dermatitis is the term used to describe any type of skin inflammation. This can present in the form of a rash, bumps, blisters, dryness and/or itchy skin. Common types of dermatitis include atopic, contact, seborrheic and stasis.

Atopic dermatitis is characterized by chronic skin inflammation that occurs in flares (periods of peaked irritation) and remissions. Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes in contact with an irritant or allergen that causes the skin to produce an itchy rash in the area of contact. Seborrheic dermatitis causes yellowish or white, scaly patches to form on oily areas of the body. Commonly occurring in the lower legs, stasis dermatitis causes skin irritation and the appearance of dark legions due to reduced blood circulation.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Dermatitis.

What Patterns Are Related To Dermatitis?


Dermatitis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of dermatitis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of dermatitis:

Heat in the BloodKidney Yang DeficiencyKidney Yin DeficiencyLiver WindLiver Yin DeficiencyLiver and Gallbladder Damp HeatSpleen Yang Deficiency

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Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Dermatitis

The Following (4)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Dermatitis

Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction)

Clinical Usages

  • Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives  (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at night.
  • Anemia generally, particularly when associated with related skin issues.
  • Alopecia.


    Clinical Categorization


      • Avoid alcohol and spicy, greasy, fried, and/or fatty foods while taking.

        Fu Fang Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan (Margarite Acne Pills)

        Clinical Usages

        • Cystic acne, pimples.
        • Skin irritation due to damp heat - eczema, boils, carbuncles, etc.
        • With appropriate diagnosis can be used for acute dermatitis, poison ivy/oak.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Use with caution in patients that present with dryness or yin deficiency.

              Si Wu Tang Wan (Four Substances Pills)

              Clinical Usages

              • The primary base formula for tonifying the blood and regulating menstruation in Chinese Medicine terms - irregular cycles, amenorrhea or long cycles.
              • Postpartum issues such as uterine bleeding when arising from blood deficiency.
              • General blood deficiency symptoms - dry skin, dry eyes, dry hair, anemia, calf cramping.  Certain version of dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions - diabetic ulcers, etc.
              • With the right underlying factors threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy.
              • Fertility issues, endometriosis.

                Clinical Categorization


                  • Avoid during the early phases of a cold or flu.

                    Xiao Feng Wan (Clear Wind Pill)

                    Clinical Usages

                    • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
                    • Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
                    • Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.


                      Clinical Categorization


                        • Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.

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