Eczema – Basics

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.

Eczema – Diagnostic Patterns in Chinese Medicine

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

  • Heat in the blood
  • Kidney yin/yang deficiency
  • Liver Wind
  • Spleen yang deficiency

The commonly used herbs for managing eczema include: Fangfeng Tongsheng Wan, Si Wu Tang and Jing Fang Baidu Wan.

Research based on the ‘ Acupuncture Evidence Project’

 Vieira 2016 (Evidence-based review of CAM)(1): acupuncture and acupressure ‘promising therapies’; insufficient evidence

  1. Vieira BL, Lim NR, Lohman ME, Lio PA. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Atopic Dermatitis: An Evidence-Based Review. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2016 Jul 7.