Over 15 million people in the US struggle to find relief from the constant itch of eczema. Are you one of them?
If so, imagine what it would be like to have a simple, natural way to relieve your itching, heal your skin, and prevent eczema flares from returning.
Sound like a dream? It is all possible with the power of Chinese medicine. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are age-old therapies that can help you get to the root of your eczema and stop the itch for good, all while helping your body find a healthier balance.
Ready to finally take control of your eczema? Read on to learn why natural therapies like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine could be the relief you’re looking for!
What Is Eczema?
Interestingly, eczema is not just one skin condition but a group of slightly different conditions that cause the skin to become dry, itchy, and cracked. In some cases, it can also cause the skin to blister or ooze fluid.
The 7 Types of Eczema
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Nummular eczema
- Hand eczema
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis
Symptoms of Eczema
Like most conditions, symptoms can vary greatly in intensity from person to person. These are the most common symptoms of eczema:
- Thick, dry, scaly skin
- Cracked or oozing skin
- Small, raised bumps on the skin
- Inflammed, sensitive skin
- Persistent itching
- Sleeplessness or restlessness
What Causes Eczema?
The exact cause of eczema isn’t known, but it often develops due to an allergic reaction to something in the environment or something touching your skin. Eczema symptoms usually show up on areas like the elbows and knees because they’re exposed to more outside elements than other parts of your body.
Treatment for Eczema
There are several types of treatment for eczema. Moisturizers and topical steroids are common choices, but they don’t address the root cause of eczema and have to be used continuously.
For most people, avoidance is the simplest form of treatment. Pay attention to what causes your symptoms to flare up, like harsh soaps, detergents, smoke, or chemicals. Avoiding your triggers and taking good care of your skin will help keep itchiness and other symptoms down.
Natural Remedies for Eczema: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Biomedical treatments may temporarily reduce the itchiness of eczema, but natural therapies and solutions may offer the key to fully overcoming it.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been used for centuries to fight symptoms like itching, peeling, and flaking naturally – all while restoring healthy skin from the root. Let’s see how Chinese medicine and acupuncture could help you overcome your eczema naturally.
Acupuncture for Eczema
Acupuncture is the most recognized therapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It works by stimulating particular acupoints on the body to restore balance, relieve pain, and improve overall health.
When it comes to eczema, acupuncture helps by reducing inflammation and other immune system imbalances that lead to the skin condition in the first place. It helps to moderate the immune system and prevent it from “overreacting.”
Acupuncture also helps by relieving stress. Stress is also closely linked to immune system imbalances and aggravating conditions like eczema. The contant irritation and itching of eczema only creates a vicious cycle and makes stress worse. Studies show that acupuncture is effective in reducing stress to reduce the overall presence of eczema.
Contact us to learn more about acupuncture for eczema in Denver.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Eczema
Aside from acupuncture, Chinese medicine treats the symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions in several different ways. Herbal medicine is a powerful remedy for nearly any skin condition. It can be used internally as pills or teas and externally with topical creams, compresses, baths, and other topical applications.
Herbal formulas for eczema tend to be cooling, calming, and supportive. The herbs work together to re-establish the balance between yin and yang in the body, reduce inflammation, and rebuild healthy skin.
Topical preparations – like compresses, creams, and lotions – are focused on relieving itching and keeping the skin nourished and free from inflammation.
Quick baths (10-15 minutes) are a simple way to reduce skin dryness. For even better relief, try an herbal bath for itch relief. You can soak your entire body or just an affected area (like the hands) in an herbal bath to stimulate healing and itch relief. Be sure to moisturize with a natural eczema lotion immediately after your bath.
Contact us for your customized Chinese herbs for eczema in Denver.
Lifestyle Tips for Eczema
Along with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, all of our patients at Wellnest Denver receive a personalized plan for skincare at home. These simple lifestyle tips can make all the difference when it comes to living itch-free. Here is a peek at some of our most common and helpful recommendations to reduce eczema:
It may seem obvious, but most people go through life slightly dehydrated. That lack of water causes your skin to dry out faster, and inflammation spreads. Keep your skin moist and calm by sipping plenty of water throughout the day.
Cool before bed.
Try using a cool compress (either with Chinese herbs or a simple apple cider vinegar wet wrap) before bedtime. This helps relieve the itchiness by reducing inflammation in the affected area so you can get a good night’s rest.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.
A diet that’s full of anti-inflammatory foods is one of the best things you can do daily to manage the symptoms of eczema. Eliminate or reduce the inflammation-causing foods you eat like processed foods, refined grains, colorings, additives, and sugar. Then, replenish your plate with lots of vibrant and healthy fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
Switch to natural self-care and home items.
One of the most common triggers for those with eczema is chemical soaps and detergents. If you haven’t already, swap all your soaps and personal care products to their natural alternatives. Make the switch to natural fiber clothes and bedding. Organic cotton, silk, and Tencel are particularly soothing for eczematic skin.
A calm brain makes for calmer skin. Because stress is so closely tied to inflammation and irritation, it’s essential to adopt a smart stress-relief strategy to overcome your eczema fully. One of the simplest ways to do that is with mindfulness. Practice mindfulness and meditation daily to help you reduce unnecessary stress that increases the risk of itching and eczema flares. Need some help getting started? Guided meditations make it easy to jump in, and there are even dedicated meditations for soothing your skin.
Eczema Relief in Denver
Eczema can be a frustrating condition to manage, but it is possible to overcome. That pesky itching and oozing is a sign that your body is struggling to find balance at a deeper level – we just need to listen and support it.
At Wellnest Denver, we help people overcome all kinds of skin conditions, including eczema. Our customized treatment plans ensure you get the best care for your unique skin. We’ll start by identifying your triggers and underlying imbalances. Then, we create a treatment plan that offers ongoing relief while also addressing the root causes so your skin can heal fully.