Effective Chinese Medicine for Eczema in Melbourne
At Evergreen Chinese Medical Centre, we aim to help people suffering from chronic or painful conditions using natural, holistic methods. Our Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques have been used for centuries, curing issues where western medicine consistently cannot. Skin conditions in particular can be a difficult condition to treat with pharmaceutical drugs, but our acupuncture for eczema has seen terrific results. To learn more about how this method can help your skin condition, continue reading.
What is eczema?
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a common skin disease which causes the skin to become itchy, red, scaly, dry and cracked. Both males and females of any age can suffer from this condition and Chinese medicine can help alleviate any dermatitis symptoms, regardless of gender or age.
The most common type of this condition is called atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis. This type mainly affects children, but can continue into adulthood.
Other types of eczema include:
• Contact dermatitis – eczema that occurs when the body comes into contact with a particular substance
• Discoid eczema – circular or oval patches of eczema that usually affect adults
• Seborrhoeic eczema – red, scaly patches that can occur on the sides of the nose, ears, eyebrows, and scalp
• Varicose eczema – eczema that occurs around swollen and enlarged veins on the legs
What causes it?
The cause of eczema is complicated and not yet fully understood. It is believed that it is caused by a combination of inherited and environmental factors that act together at different times.
Common causes and triggers of eczema include:
- Genetic factors – eczema can run in families and may be a result of inheriting certain genes
- Environmental factors – allergic reactions or irritation to certain substances or climate change
- Having an overactive immune system
- Hormonal changes in women
- Vigorous exercise resulting in over sweating
While it’s possible for it to affect any part of the body, it is most often found in areas where skin folds back as ‘flexures’ on itself, such as the back of the knees, front of the elbows and behind the ears.
It can cause the skin to become itchy, red, thickened, dry, cracked and broken. During a flare-up, the skin can become extremely itchy, red, hot, swollen, and weeping; scratching the affected area may even result in the skin becoming infected.
Why treat it with acupuncture?
In treatment, western medicine mainly uses anti-histamines and steroids, which can relieve the disease to some extent. However, it will recur very quickly.
The strong points of acupuncture for treating eczema are that it can achieve very effective, stable, long-lasting results and have no side effects.
In treating the disease, TCM and acupuncture would first decide if it’s in the acute or chronic stage and then use different herbal prescriptions or herbal lotion for external use. Acute eczema is normally caused by the dampness and heat held up in the body. As a result, we will use herbal recipes to clear up heat or fever and resolve dampness. Chronic eczema is usually caused by deficiency of blood, as well as wind and dryness, combined as a pathogenic factor, so herbal recipes will be used to nourish blood to relieve dryness and expel pathogenic wind.
Chinese medicine specialist at Evergreen, Dr Jim Xing, has his own unique recipe which has proven to be very effective for curing eczema. Many sufferers have greatly improved with his treatments.
Helped at the centre:
Dr. Xing has seen a very large number of patients who had suffered from infertility, IVF issues and skin problems, meaning that he is highly experienced in treating these things using TCM and acupuncture at our Chadstone and Caulfield locations. Using Chinese herbs to treat the condition, his success rate is high and he has treated many people who had tried other treatments without success and have had the condition for many years.
One man, aged 31, had been suffering from eczema for all his life. Western treatments provided little relief and failed to address the condition, instead creating much frustration. Following a recommendation made by his friends, he visited our clinic where Dr. Xing provided dietary advice and prescribed Chinese herbs as part of using acupuncture for eczema treatment. Following Dr. Xing’s treatment, not only had the patient’s condition cleared within a matter of weeks but his general health also saw significant improvement. He was surprised that such holistic methods were able to achieve such effective results and recommends anyone with a chronic skin condition to visit Dr. Xing to receive Chinese medicine for TCM and acupuncture treatment.
If you have found that western medicine has done nothing to improve your skin condition, contact our Frankston clinic on 9785 6688 or our Murrumbeena location on 9041 8879 to book you’re an eczema acupuncture appointment.