What causes eczema?
The causes of Eczema can be genetically related, it can also be developed through external or internal trigger(s).
A complex interplay between the immune system, genetics, triggers, and stress may cause the body to be overreactive and sensitive, giving rise to inflammation of the skin.
Doctors often prescribe antihistamines, corticosteroids, emollients, or immune-modulating agents to treat eczema. Corticosteroids are one of the most effective treatment for eczema. However, the prolonged, frequent, and inappropriately use of corticosteroids may cause adverse effects such as thinning skin, stretch marks, immunosuppression, relapse and adrenal gland suppression.
How TCM sees eczema?
Eczema falls into the Chinese “shi chuang”湿疮 category.
From TCM point of view, the causes of eczema are typically hereditary, improper diet, or weakness in spleen-stomach that give rise to pathogenic factors in the form of “wind”, “damp” and “heat”.
These factors may be external in origin or may come from within the body itself to affect the organs, especially the lung (respiratory) and spleen-stomach(digestion). Both works very closely with the skin and contributes to the skin quality, be it wilting or thriving.
Beside pathogenic factors, the internal lack or deficiency in substances such as “blood” or “Yin” may also diminishes the quality of the skin, exposing it to higher risk of eczema outbreak.
How Chinese Medicine works in treating eczema?
TCM has its own unique way to diagnose and treat a person.
The approach is holistic, and the diagnostic theory based on syndrome differentiation enables physician to give a comprehensive analysis by determining the current overall status of the person and the current pathological changes.
Chinese Medicine can work by diminishing the unwanted pathogenic factors such as wind and heat, improving circulation to reduce Qi-blood stagnation, removing dampness and toxins, or reducing the deficiency in blood or fluid to improve the nutritional flow to the skin and various organs.
The herbs may be adjusted to utilize a direct or indirect pathway to improve the body condition and it will be based on the current constitution type and the disharmony pattern observed within the body.
How Acupuncture works in treating Eczema?
Acupuncture modulates the body’s immune system and strengthens the body’s resistance against pathogenic factors to help the body better cope with an unfavorable environment without side effects.
It works by unblocking or stimulating the meridian system which regulates the Qi, blood, and vital substances flow.
This will in turn help modulate the organ systems and bring the body back into balance. Acupuncture treatment for skin will help influence the metabolism and development of skin tissues to provide a healthier, thriving skin.
Acupuncture can also modulate stress as a trigger by inducing relaxation and unblocking the flow of Qi that give rise to it.