Can Acupuncture Help Eczema?

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In a retrospective research, eczema sufferers (kids) who took a traditional herbal tea (Erka Shizheng), herbal baths, applied a traditional herbal cream, and also took acupuncture therapy found that their eczema symptoms improve.

Another study showed that adults with eczema who took individual therapy with TCM based on the symptoms of their eczema that they had also found symptoms improve. Unfortunately, currently there is still no clearly evidence that acupuncture alone can help.

If acupuncture does help improve eczema, it should be combined with other appropriate treatments – consult with your healthcare provider for more advice!

If it does have a positive effect, how does it work? Unfortunately, there is also no clearly answer for this issue. Some experts believe that it may help because it can help relieve stress or may improve the health of skin indirectly.

Herbs that may help

There are several choices, and the following are some of them:

  1. Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort). It is commonly used with topical option (as a topical cream). According to one double blind research, it has shown promise in helping to treat and improve the affected skin due to eczema.
  2. Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) cream. We all agree that the itchy sensation of eczema can be most difficult thing you need to deal during flare-up. In fact, most sufferers say that dealing with the urge of scratching is not easy. Witch hazel cream can help improve and relieve itching.
  3. Matricaria recutita creams have the best evidence in helping to improve itching, relieve burning, and even may help promote healing. Other creams containing herbs that may help are Glycyrrhia glabra (licorice), Stellaria media (Chickweed), and Calendula officinalis (marigold) – unlike Matricaria recutita, these creams have little scientific evidence that they work for eczema.
Reference:
‘Introduction about eczema’ published by the University of Maryland ‘Medical Center’, or can be accessed in www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/eczema (accessed on April 2014)

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