Eczema

 

Eczema is a kind of common allergic inflammatory dermatitis. It is extreme itching to patients on the affected part of skin, polymorphic skin lesions, frequent recurrence and also lack of effective treatment in conventional medicine.

What makes the Chinese herbal medicine so effective for eczema?

camoml2In TCM term, eczema is not only caused by the skin itself, It is also caused by internal pathogenic heat, dampness, wind, or mixture of them. The differentiation of these causes can be accomplished by the observation of the symptoms of affected skin, the colour of tongue and its fur, and physiological reaction.

 

Different remedies are then used specifically to treat the symptoms. It can be treated successfully by taking several sets of Chinese herbal medicine in normal cases although some chronic cases may need longer treatment.

 

Its fundamental principle lies in two aspects. Firstly, it takes the human body as an organic whole and holds that the human body has very close and inseparable relations with external natural surroundings. Secondly, it emphasises that the diagnosis and treatment are based overall analysis of signs and symptoms rather than on illness itself. This approach explained why Chinese medicine has started to gain high popularity as an effective alternative medicine.

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Dietary Assistance

It is also important in the Chinese system of medicine to maintain an appropriate diet to assist the medical treatment and to prevent the

recurrence of the condition after treatment. As we know, symptoms relating to heat are easily observable with eczema patients. The affected parts of skin are usually diffusely red with a sensation of burning, severe itching and sometimes patients feel hot and thirsty.

 

A high proportion of eczema is attributed to excess heat and dampness gathering inside the body according to the Chinese system of medicine. It is therefore recommended to consume fewer food and drinks whose natures are hot and damp. These foods and drinks mainly include lamb, chilli, hot curry or sauce, onion, garlic, alcohol, milk, cheese, chocolate and other dairy products.

 

Summer2Pork and beef are more or less neutral in nature and they generally do not aggravate the condition. Fresh fruits and vegetables are generally neutral or cold in nature and are therefore good for eczema.

 

Exceptions are peach, tangerine (not orange) and grapes. Peaches and tangerine are warm in nature and grape can produce excess internal heat if eaten in large amount, although its nature is neutral.