Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Eczema, or dermatitis as it is sometimes called, is a general term for many types of skin inflammation. The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Eczema most commonly causes dry, reddened skin that itches or burns, although the appearance of eczema varies from person to person and varies according to the specific type of eczema. Intense itching is generally the first symptom in most people with eczema. Sometimes, eczema may lead to blisters and oozing lesions, but eczema can also result in dry and scaly skin. Repeated scratching may lead to thickened, crusty skin.
In Chinese medicine eczema is brought about by the influence of 3 main factors: wind, heat, damp. These may be external or arise inside the body caused by problems with the function of important organs in the body. Eczema may be of sudden onset, it may be long-standing (chronic) or it may be in between (subacute). Eczema of sudden onset would show a red itchy skin and if dampness were involved the weepy exudate familiar to sufferers would be present. Long standing eczema has the coarse hard thick red or dark brown crusts which can last for months or even years and be very itchy.
After asking questions about the eczema and the way it came about, the function of the internal organs of the body and the internal and external influences, the Chinese medical practitioner will examine the patient's tongue and pulse. From the color and texture of the tongue and the nature of the pulse the type of disease patter or "syndrome" affecting the patient can be deduced. The practitioner can then decide what treatment to prescribe. Acupuncture can provide some relief from the dry and itchy skin as well as correct the imbalances of heat, wind and dampness. Acupuncture for eczema is often combined with the application of herbal medicine. Over many hundreds of years Chinese doctors have developed combinations of ingredients derived mainly from plants which have been found to remedy disease in the body in more than one way. Chinese herbs are prescribed to improve the function of internal organs, to drive away disease causing influence and to maximize the ability of the body to resist illness and cure itself.
The goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to restore balance to the body and to treat the root cause of an illness, thereby "curing" the disease. This approach gives TCM a special advantage over certain western medicine therapies that focus on merely providing symptomatic relief. Traditional Chinese medicine has been proven safe & effective without adverse side effects. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact us.

Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA