Tips for Managing Eczema without Drugs – Part V
This is fifth and final part of our Tips for Managing Eczema without Drugs series.In Part I (http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/tips-for-managing-eczema-without-drugs-part-i/) we looked at bathing and moisturizing. Part II (http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/tips-for-managing-eczema-without-drugs-part-ii/) took us through an examination of fabrics, climate and temperature, and vitamin supplementation. Part III (http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/tips-for-managing-eczema-without-drugs-part-iii/) was an exploration of Food Allergies, Allergy Testing and the impact of overall diet on eczema. In Part IV, (http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/tips-for-managing-eczema-without-drugs-part-iv/) we looked at Infant Formula, Fatty Acid Supplements, Probiotics, Stress Management, and Immunotherapy for eczema management. In Part V, our final installment, we’ll look at Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and Homeopathy.
Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM)
Some people have experienced significant improvements in their eczema symptoms from Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM). CHM receives quite unanimous applause, despite the fact that people do report positive benefits from this approach. The conclusions don’t provide firm enough evidence for Western Medicine to make more frequent recommendations for the practice. The exact makeup of individual herbs can differ greatly and is not well understood, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not effective. CHM disease severity scores in a variety of studies have shown improvement in erythema, pruritus, sleep scores, and quality of life. For more information on Chinese Herbal Medicine visit http://asthmaallergieschildren.com/traditional-chinese-medicine/.
Acupuncture and Acupoint stimulation can be successful in reducing dermatitis conditions. There is an acupoint called Quchi (LI11) that is most commonly accessed for Atopic Dermatitis management. In randomized trials using self-administered acupressure applied at the Quchi point, after 4 weeks there was a decrease in eczema flares. Acupuncture may also be useful in modulating histamine and mediating itchiness. For more information on Acupuncture for eczema visit https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoEczema.
Homeopathy uses extremely diluted preparations of natural medicines to treat a variety of ailments and eczema is no exception. The nature of homeopathy is based on an individualized approach to a patient’s unique symptoms and though there aren’t studies to support the effectiveness of homeopathy, many people have found it to be of some benefit.
There are four main pillars of conventional Atopic Dermatitis treatment:
- 1. Moisturization
- 2. Anti-inflammatories
- 3. Antibacterials
- 4. Antipruritics
In addition to these four pillars, the alternative therapies that we’ve outlined in this series may be complementary and helpful for eczema sufferers. The results are largely unproven, but there are compelling reports of success for so many people that investigation into these practices really does show a lot of promise. Eczema is not a one size fits all condition. We encourage you to explore the options that are available, both mainstream and alternative, and to find what works best for your individual situation.