Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known atopic eczema. It affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants will outgrow it by their tenth birthday, but some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. This is one of the more difficult conditions to treat in both western and eastern medicine. In Chinese medicine we look at this condition as an issue with internal wind, heat in the blood, and excess dampness. Because it is a mixed pattern it usually takes about three months of treatment to subside. In addition to life style and dietary changes Chinese herbs can be very helpful in managing this situation, when looking for a more modern day formula to disperse internal wind, clear heat, cool the blood, and resolve dampness Look for a formula containing one or more of the herbs to your left:
Fang Feng – Helps to relieve exterior wind, which is Chinese medicine is commonly regarded as the cause of itching.
Bai Zhi – Releases the surface and expels wind damp.
Bai Xian PI – Has antifungal effects to relieve fire toxicity. as well as dispels wind damp to help sooth itchy, oozing, sores.