There are many different types of this eczema, which in Chinese Medicine is associated with the lungs, stomach, heart and blood. One type of eczema is caused according to Chinese Medicine, by damp heat, where the skin is weeping and there is a discharge with a sensation of heat and itchiness. In Chinese Medicine theory another kind of eczema is caused by heat in the blood, where dryness, redness and itchiness are the symptoms and the third kind, is caused by wind, and is an allergy where the skin erupts.
Chinese Medicine treatment for the different types of eczema is given accordingly. Oriental wormwood or Chinese gentian, peony root and rehmannia are used for the eczema caused by wind. Schizonepeta and ledebouriella root are often chosen for other types of eczema.
There are other more complicated forms of eczema. A Chinese Medicine practitioner will diagnose these and treat accordingly. Eczema usually responds well to Chinese Medicine, although it should be stressed that it does not work in every case. Chinese Herbal tea, or herbal remedies in pill form can be prescribed, but because eczema cases can vary so much from patient to patient, it is advisable to have a personal consultation with a Chinese Medicine practitioner. There could never be one prescription for all eczema patients.
Verified studies in China and Britain have shown that Chinese herbs are totally safe and have no serious side effects. There have been some reports of liver damage caused by Chinese herbal medicine, but in these cases it has been found that the doctors prescribing the herbs were either not qualified, or not fully experienced in treating Western patients. That’s why it always important to see a Chinese Medicine practitioner who has a lot of experience of treating Western patients and has the expertise to know how to give safe and effective prescriptions.
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