As a Chinese medicine practitioner I am obsessed with treating the right symptoms and imbalances with the right herbs and acupuncture points. Creating the correct acupuncture point prescription and herbal formula matters. Giving the wrong formula won’t work. Sometimes it can actually make the symptoms worse. For example, in eczema, you cannot use herbs for dry type eczema to treat damp type eczema.
This is also true with topical herbs. Topical herbs are very powerful for skin conditions, like eczema. In eczema, we have herbs that are effective for dry eczema, because the herbs will moisten the eczema. And other herbs that are more effective for damp eczema because the herbs will dry the eczema. Giving drying herbs to dry eczema will make the skin worse by drying it out.
In Chinese medicine, we speak about imbalances. But, the acupuncture and Chinese herbs are also affecting the underlying physiology causing the imbalance. It is possible that personalizing the formula and external herbs makes the treatment more powerful by focusing on slightly different inflammatory mediators and chemicals causing that particular type of eczema.
I would like to see the research explore the underlying physiology of personalized acupuncture and Chinese herbs for eczema.
Please call us at 212-319-5757 or e-mail us if you would like to discuss personalized treatment for eczema.