What are the common symptoms and causes?
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition with dry, itchy and scaly skin patches. Some general symptoms include:
Dry and cracked skin
Rough, thickened, scaly skin
Darkening and discolored skin
Scratches due to skin itchiness
In general, the skin fails to offer proper protection so it loses moisture and quite vulnerable against environmental factors, irritants and bacteria. The immune system is triggered and becomes overactive, areas where skins commonly rub against one another such as the creases become irritated.
How does TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) help treat it?
Atopic dermatitis(eczema) is a allergic inflammation disease as the name implies, western medicine treatments usually use antihistamines and steroids as the main method of treatment to moisturize the skin and reduce the local inflammation. Traditional Chinese medicine's approach is quite different, it's an entire different system where the aim is to find the imbalance between different systems within the body and cure it from its root cause based on its own diagnostic method. Acupuncture is used to stimulate the autonomic system, to calm our immune system thus reducing inflammation. Chinese herbs and topical creams are used combining with acupuncture to cure the damaged skin and pores for immediate comfort. The fundamental of TCM is to see the body as a whole and focus on harmonizing the imbalances between systems within the body.
We have our own eczema treatment protocols including acupuncture, herbs and cream, the herb and cream formulas have been used for decades in China with great results and now we hope to help many of you feel better here at Toronto!