Eczema, often called dermatitis, is a type of skin condition characterized by inflammation, redness and blisters in severe cases on the skin surface. Its symptoms are dry, itchy, scaly skin and rashes on the cheeks, arms and legs. Eczema may be caused by several factors including environmental irritants, temperature changes, emotional stress, and allergens such as house dust mite, animal dander, grass pollens, and molds. More than 15 million people in the United States have symptoms of the disease.
Acupuncture for eczema can bring about relief from skin dryness and itching. While conventional medications for eczema treatment can reduce inflammation and flare-ups, they may cause side effects including high blood pressure, nausea, headaches, and tingling or numbness. Acupuncture is a natural healing method, usually done after a detailed diagnosis of the patient. The acupuncture physician must first examine the existing eczema conditions of the patient and his or her body imbalances. Acupuncture restores balance to the body by correcting and removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body. Eczema is not merely treated for its symptoms but also addressed at the root cause.
Acupuncture aids in the treatment of eczema by clearing heat from the body and resolving dampness that has accumulated in the skin. Acupuncture and herbal medicine (creams applied externally and herbal medicinals taken internally) work to cool the body and soothe the tissues locally in order to treat acute flare-ups as well as provide long-term improvements in the condition. Acupuncture reduces allergic responses which can cause eczema as well as alleviate the typical symptoms of skin irritation and general discomfort.
Treatment effectiveness depends on many factors such as the severity of the eczema, when it started, how it has been managed, and how possible it is to avoid things which aggravate the condition. Treatment duration varies from one individual to another. Acute eczema may start to show improvements after two or three weeks of treatment, while cases of chronic eczema may take several treatments. For more informmation about acupouncture for treatment of eczema, contact Dr. Richard Browne, Acupuncture Physican, at (305) 595-9500.