Chinese herbal medicine is well known for its effectiveness on treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, purpura, veruca, and some unexplained skin rash. It looks at the skin condition as a manifestation of the internal imbalance- heat, dampness, Yin/Blood deficiency, etc. By re-establishing balance and harmony in the body, chinese herbs tend to have a more long-lasting benefit.
J, female, 28, school teacher. J had had eczema on and off for 10 years. It flared up badly 6 months ago in January on a school trip, when it was cold and she was stressed and eating more dairy and sugary food then. She had been given Prednisolone 30mg to take for 6 weeks, and another 6 weeks. The eczema mostly cleared. But as soon as the steroids were stopped her eczema had come back with a vengeance. It was everywhere-face, chest, back, arms, legs. The itching was so bad that she had to take antihistamines and use steroid cream. In Chinese medicine, it is the damp heat that needs to be cleared. I didn’t want to add stress for her to boil up the dried herbs so I prescribed the powder and tablets. To my surprise her skin improved straightaway and continued to improve. Her eczema completely cleared after 3 months. She gradually came off the antihistamines, which can be addictive too in my opinion. She came back a couple of times to request more herbs for minor flare ups.