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Acupuncture for Eczema

Aug 17, 2007
Acupunture for eczema is a natural healing method that comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves inserting thin metal needles at specific anatomical (meridian) positions in the human body.

Acupuncture for eczema helps by restoring balance to the body by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body with the insertion of needles at appropriate meridian points. In this manner, eczema is not merely treated for its symptoms but also addressed at the root cause.

During the acupuncture procedure, the needles are manipulated by bare hands or electric signals. The needles are free from any medicine or any injecting purpose, and its role is just to simulate the acupuncture points. If done by an expert acupuncturist, there should not be any pain or sensation at all. The patient may not even realize that the needle has indeed been inserted into the skin.

Acupuncture for eczema is usually done after a detailed diagnosis of the patient. The acupuncturist must first study the existing eczema condition of the patient, his or her body imbalances, age and medical history. Different people may require varying extent of acupuncture treatment, and hence the treatment duration varies from one individual to other.

Eczema is a type of skin disorder that appears on the outer layer of the skin. This medical condition is characterized by inflammation, redness, blisters in severe cases, crusts, scales or scabs on the skin surface. There is usually a burning or itching sensation, and most often, the skin is particularly dry around the affected area.

The causes of eczema can be allergic and the condition is sizably influenced by the weather conditions and diet. Conventionally, in western countries, eczema is treated via topical applications (both steroid and non-steroid) and with the use of oral drugs. These methods are mainly centered on achieving symptomatic relief from itching and pain.

In contrast, TCM principles go far deeper. According to TCM, for a body to be in a good state of health, it should be in a state of perfect balance, both physically and emotionally, with respect to the outside world. Ailments and illnesses occur when this balance is disturbed. The factors that affect the balance in the usual case are climatic changes, internal aspects such as emotional stress, and diet and work.

TCM considers eczema to be caused by the imbalance of three factors namely wind, heat and dampness. Eczema is merely a symptom of an underlying health problem; likely the malfunction of vital organs in the body. For this, TCM uses a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicines and skin preparations. Still, most acupuncturists or TCM practitioners would probably advise that eczema is not easy to treat or cure, since it is an ailment that originates from an internal malfunction.

From the perspective of the patient, thus, it is important that one seeks treatment from an expert acupuncturist and not any amateur. Get recommendations or referrals and do check for proper credentials. Acupuncture for eczema can bring about relief and is definitely worth considering as a form of natural treatment and restoring balance to the body.
About the Author
Evelyn Lim tests and rates natural eczema treatment methods and products through her online journal. To read on her quest to find an eczema treatment, click here http://www.eczemaskintreatment.com .
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