According to conventional medicine, there is no cure for eczema. However,
many Chinese believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help
heal eczema. This article provides a basic understanding about what TCM
for eczema really is.
TCM philosophies have been in existence
for 2,500 years and are continually developing as it merges with today's
modern science. Chinese and western sciences diagnose and treat certain
conditions like eczema very differently. TCM focuses on the
environmental and psycho-emotional factors that can affect and may even
be the root cause of eczema while western science focuses on bodily
dysfunctions and how it can treat the certain part of the body.
say that there are three main factors that cause eczema- moisture, heat
and wind. It also believes that outside or environmental influences can
cause certain illnesses and diseases. Climate, for instance, can bring
about adverse reactions of one's body. Internal or emotional influences
are also deemed as players in one's heath. As an example, stress or
grief is believed to cause physical dysfunctions. TCM also perceives
that diet is a great factor in determining the health of a person. Diet
should always be balance and the wrong types of food intake can be a
cause of a particular disease.
In general, there are three types
of TCM can be recommended for eczema, one of which is acupuncture.
Acupuncture is no longer a new concept but not a lot of people know that
it can actually treat eczema. The procedure involves needles to trigger
particular body zones to help alleviate its symptoms. TCM believes that
eczema is caused by the malfunction of the body's regular soothing and
cooling systems, as a result skin becomes over dry, flaky, itchy and
red. Acupuncture's main objective is to cool and soothe the body tissues
to treat the symptoms of eczema and to possibly prevent future
Herbal medicine is also one way of administering
Chinese medicinal philosophies. Chinese medicines are a combination of
herbal plants that are found to help relieve eczema. Most Chinese drugs
aims to cure the internal organs in order to strengthen their ability to
prevent diseases and to cure the illness itself. TCM oftentimes come in
form of herbal teas but with modern science, you can find Chinese drugs
in form of capsules.
Nowadays,TCM also come in the form of
lotion, ointments and cream. These skin preparations are applied
externally, right over the afflicted skin. They are mass-produced in the
market; however, be sure to check up their ingredients and ensure that
you are getting a good quality product.
TCM is one alternative
treatment for eczema. Is it really effective? No one knows for sure.
For one, it is hard to conclude so as TCM takes time for its benefits on
eczema skin to show. More research studies will have to be conducted.
If you want to try TCM for eczema, be sure to seek the help of a TCM
practitioner who is highly qualified and who comes recommended.