Eczema, otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, leaves the skin inflamed, itchy and red. Blisters may form. For the treatment of eczema, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) makes use of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Traditional Chinese medicine considers emotional, environmental and physical factors.
The TCM practitioner may take your pulse, and check your skin and tongue, and ask some questions. In their treatment of eczema, the TCM practitioner may conclude that there is too little energy or it is not circulating in the body properly. Or there may be too much "heat" leading to itching, irritation and swelling.
The TCM practitioner may opt for the use of Chinese herbs to clear heat with jin yin hua (honey suckle). Ku shen (sophroa) might be used for damp heat.
"The treatment goal is to correct the root cause of the condition, which can lead to long term benefits, even long after the treatment has stopped. The treatment and diagnosis are tailored to each person’s symptoms. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment may involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or both. Some conditions will clear rapidly, but others may take longer. In general, a treatment course is three to six months."