Chinese medicine for Eczema- Not the skin but the Gut and Hormone!
Eczema is an inflammatory skin disease with a significant itching and flaky caused by a variety of internal and external factors.
The main western medical treatments for eczema are emollient(moisturisers), antihistamines and corticosteroids.
Antihistamines can help relieve the itching associated with atopic eczema, but they can either be sedating, which cause drowsiness.
Topical corticosteroids can reduce the inflammation within a few days, but they can cause thinning of the skin, change in skin colour, acne(spots) and increased hair growth.
So far, the western medicine has not had better way to treat eczema, because most of the methods are aggressive and can make eczema recurrent attacks.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has rich experience in treating eczema. Especially acupuncture and herbal medicine.
We believe that people will more likely have skin problems when they feel stressed. Acupuncture can help people anti-stress and reduce the probability and symptoms of eczema.
Eczema can be caused by abnormal immune function (such as immune imbalance, immunodeficiency, etc.). When the microbe attack skin, some people’s immune systems overact while others are hypoimmunity. Both situations will make eczema happen.
Studies show that eczema also has strong relationship with intestines. There are four intestinal barriers in our body:biological barrier, mucosal barrier, mechanical barrier and immune barrier. They all need to keep balance in order to make our body work normally. For example, our intestines are full of bacteria such as probiotics and harmful bacteria. If harmful bacteria are higher than probiotics, our body may have problems like eczema.
Herbal medicines are made from plant parts, such as leaves, roots or flowers which are totally natural. They can balance immune system and reduce allergic reaction. Some herbs have been confirmed that they can improve metabolism,regulate intestinal smooth muscle peristalsis, reduce intestinal inflammation and increase probiotic richness. Once the immune system of our body and the intestinal microecology are balanced, eczema is no longer present.