Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Treatment of Pompholyx Eczema

Pompholyx eczema is a specific type of eczema on the hands and feet that causes vesicles, itching, and often fissures.   This can occur on the palms and fingers in the hand and the soles of the feet.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help relieve the itching, swelling, vesicle, and inflammation in pompholyx eczema. The goal is to regulate the underlying imbalance causing the eczema, which can lead to long term improvement.

It is called also called dyshidrotic eczema because people with this condition often experience excess sweating from the palms of the hands.

Chinese herbs are thought to regulate the immune system to treat pompholyx eczema.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Imbalances for Pompholyx Eczema

The goal of acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment is to correct the underlying imbalance in the body that is causing your condition. To determine what the specific imbalance is, we examine the skin, take the pulse, look at the tongue, and inquire about your overall health. Each of these factors is considered when determining the imbalance.

The most common acupuncture imbalances in pompholyx eczema is damp heat.  Imbalances in Chinese medicine describe characteristics of the eczema.  For example, redness in the skin, yellow crusting, and inflammation are sign of heat.  Swelling and vesicles is often a reflection of damp heat. The itch is a sign of dampness.

Acupuncture Treatment for Pompholyx Eczema

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work to decrease the inflammation causing the eczema.  For pompholyx eczema, Chinese herbs are taken in the form of a tea as well as topical herbal soaks for the skin.  Acupuncture is helpful to reduce the itch and regulate the immune system.

Generally I want to see decrease in itching, inflammation, and creation of vesicles within 4-6 weeks.  The entire treatment course generally lasts 3-4 months.

Because in acupuncture and Chinese medicine we teat the root cause of the condition, we can see significant reduction in the symptoms long after the treatment has finished.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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