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.
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:
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating dermatitis. For a complete list from our store with more details see our dermatitis formula section.
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