Treating Childhood Eczema with Acupuncture and Herbs
Those familiar with eczema are most likely aware that the red, itchy rash can vary in size from something as small as a barely noticeable patch of dry skin to conditions capable of covering the entire body. Although it’s challenging for everyone who becomes afflicted, eczema is especially miserable for children. A form of dermatitis, Eczema is usually thought of as an inflammation which results from contact with irritants. This is not fully correct.
What Is Eczema?
The truth is eczema occurs just as often and actually has just as much to do with internal bodily factors.
By far the most chronic skin condition in children, eczema tends to carry on into adulthood if not properly treated. Chinese medicine recognizes that when eczema is present in the early stages of life, the kidneys as well as the spleen are usually indicative. Many times the onset of eczema coincides with a vaccination or new addition to the diet such as milk which can add toxins and phlegm into the system.
How Does It Work?
When considering that a child’s system is developing it’s understandable that it can easily become overwhelmed. It is for these reasons that treating eczema with Chinese herbs in and acupuncture is extremely effective. In some cases, the itching and rashes can show signs of diminishing within a single treatment.
Depending on the severity of the child’s condition, thin acupuncture needles usually work the best when used in conjunction with herbs which detoxify the spleen, kidneys and lungs. For the best results, a child should be treated a few times a week for the first month. Once the benefits are showing signs of improvement, weekly treatments are recommended until the condition is cleared.