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Role of Acupuncture in treating Eczema (Case study included)

by Hui Xu

Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) represents a chronic, relapsing, itchy, inflammatory skin condition that poses significant therapeutic challenges and has no known cure. It primarily involves the epidermis and includes atopic, contact, stasis, seborrheic, nummular, dyshidrotic, generalized, or localized scratch dermatitis. Eczema affects 2 to 7% of the population and has a prevalence exceeding 10 % of children in some populations. Family history of allergic rhinitis, asthma, or atopic dermatitis often exists. Neurodermatitis is used to describe eczematoid rashes that seem to have a major stress-related component.

Research indicates that eczema is partially, an allergic disease. Evidence includes: Levels of serum IgE (allergic antibody) are elevated in 80% of cases. Many patients develop hay fever and/or asthma. All eczema patients test positive for allergies. There is a family history in two-thirds of eczema patients. Most patients improve with a diet that eliminates common food allergens

Eczema can be caused by allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders (hydrochloric acid deficiency, for example), drugs, environmental exposures, or be secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, or nutritional deficiencies.

Acupuncture may stimulate Raphe’s nuclei, which increases serotonin production. This, in turn, sets off a series of reactions which culminates in the increase of glucocorticoids that modulate inflammation and other aspects of the body’s immune response. Stimulation of acupuncture points may also increases the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems.

In conjunction with Chinese Medicine prospective, Acupuncture points are specific nerve points that give particular access to the system of energetic meridians/ channels, which may balance energy (Qi), blood, yin and yang, tonify organ’s function, promote inner healing and restore health and wellbeing.

I recently treated a 9-year-old boy with allergy/intolerance to a variety of allergens and eczema since birth.  Skin conditions of inflammation with extreme itchiness have gotten worse over the last 6 months. After only one acupuncture treatment, the itchiness was noticeably getting better. After the second treatment, both itchiness and rash inflammation were about 50% improvement. Within three weeks’ time, the overall improvement reached 80%. I continued pure acupuncture and acupressure treatments with modification of acupuncture point selection each time, three and half months later with only 13 treatments, the rashes are gone and the skin recovered completely. What a happy boy and family! I am so glad that I can help them with this pure natural and effective treatment!

References

-Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Atopic Dermatitis: An Evidence-Based Review
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2016 Dec; 17 (3): 557–581

-ANTA IMgateway