Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Eczema


Eczema is a condition that makes skin red and itchy. It is common in children, but can also occur in adults. For eczema treatment, Western medicine focuses on controlling the inflammation caused by immunological dysfunctions. Chinese medicine often uses herbal formula to treat eczema. TCM treatment can relieve eczema symptoms by using herbal antibacterial cream, bath and pills. It can also improve the general health of the body. TCM practitioners believe that eczema is not just a skin disease but a symptom of another illness. If patient suffer from eczema, it means something is not right with overall health.

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, eczema can be caused by heat, wind and dampness. Eczema caused by heat manifest as redness on the skin and often involved in inflammatory diseases. Conditions with an excess of wind often result in strong itching and easily spread to various parts of the body. Damp conditions may produce weeping sores. One commonly used formula that has been shown to be effective to treat eczema is Xiao Feng Wan. It can treat eczema caused by wind, dampness, and heat. Many of the herbs in this formula have shown anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.

Chinese Herbs for Eczema

1) Xiao Feng Wan is also known as Tang-Kuei and Arctium Formula or Wind Dispersing Powder, is a Chinese herbal medicine which helps recovery from skin lesions such as eczema, urticaria, psoriasis and diaper rash.

Where to buy: Xiao Feng Wan

How to use: Xiao Feng Wan can be used in the form of pills.

2) Herbal Antibacterial Cream is suitable for eczema, psoriasis and all kinds of skin diseases. It is used externally as topical ointment.

Where to buy: Herbal Antibacterial Cream

3) Jin Yin Hua is also known as Honeysuckle, it has the ability to help healing all kinds of skin issues.

Where to buy: Honeysuckle

How to use: Add Honeysuckle in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply it on the affected area when it is cool enough. Rub it gently with cotton wool, 3 to 4 times a day.

4) Jin Lu Mei (Witch Hazel) can be used to relieve itchy skin and reduce symptoms of eczema. It can be used externally as anti-itch cream.

Where to buy: Witch Hazel

Chinese Herbal Medicine Bath for Eczema

Bathing 1 to 2 times a day (for 15 minutes) in a decoction made from the following ingredients:
30g Cang Zhu (Black Atractylodes Rhizone)
30g Huang Bai (Phellodendron)
30g Bo He (Mint)
30g Gou Teng (Uncaria Rhynchophylla)

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