Eczema, or dermatitis, is a term applied to a group of diseases that cause skin inflammation. Atopic dermatitis (an inherited disease characterized by dry, itchy skin and often associated with other allergic conditions) is the most common form of eczema, however, there are several other forms of the disease. They include: allergic contact eczema, contact eczema, dyshidrotic eczema, neurodermatitis, nummular eczema, seborrheic eczema and stasis dermatitis.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for eczema.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of eczema 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 eczema:
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating eczema. For a complete list from our store with more details see our eczema formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping, comprising such conditions as psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, etc.
The Pulse will generally be forceful, floating and rapid and the Tongue will have a yellow or white tongue coating.