Eczema

Today there are more kinds of eczema than ever before; psoriasis, acne, hives and the like. This is due to the generally hectic lifestyle – constant stress, unhealthy diet, electric waves from mobile phones and computers, excessive vaccination and use of various drugs for everything possible and impossible…

The table below shows the most frequent causes and symptoms of eczema according to TCM and also recommended herbal mixtures and creams for each type of eczema.

Eczema

Cause

Symptoms

Tongue

Pulse

Therapy

1. Dampness/heat + heat toxin SHI/RE + RE DU

Red bumps with small yellow weeping blisters with yellow scabs, a lot of weeping, strong itching and burning, diffuse skin lesions, possibly constipation, feeling hot, thirsty. Western medicine often uses antibiotics here (for the following infection and so on).

Red with yellow sticky coating

Full and rapid SHI SHUO

Sloughing of the snake skin (code 019)
+
Five Calm Volcanoes (code 011)
+
Beverage of silver wind (code 844)
+
Wine Garden Cream (code 613)

2. Hot wind in the blood with dampness and heat FENG RE + SHI (more heat than dampness)

Red bumps and some blisters measuring 1 – 2 mm, strong itching, scratching and burning of the skin.

Red with thin yellow coating

Rapid full SHI SHUO or slippery HUA

Caress of the Panda Bear (code 115)
+
Taming of the hot-blooded horse (code 018)
+
Beverage of silver wind (code 844)
+
Wine Garden Cream (code 613) 

3. Heat in the blood with heart fire generates wind RE XUE + XIN HUO + FENG

Very itchy and dry skin with 1 – 2 mm red bumps that come off as red scabs and heal fast. The skin does not weep and tends to bleed when scratched. Other symptoms can include considerable restlessness, especially at night when the itch is the worst. Thirst is also frequent.

Red, especially the tip but also the sides.

Caress of the Panda Bear (code 115)
+
Beverage of silver wind (code 844)
+
Sommelier Cream (code 612)

4. Spleen deficiency with dampness PI QU XU + SHI

The skin is rough, dry and swollen, with pale patches on the body that often return. Weak constitution, pale appearance, fatigue, flatulence, lack of appetite, soft stools.

Pale with sticky coating

Weak and deep CHI CHEN

Banquet of five tastes (code 105)
+
Breeze of silk fan (code 113)
+
Beverage of Chinese sages (code 900)
+
Beverage of silver wind (code 844)
+
Wine Garden Cream (code 613) 

5. Blood deficiency with wind and dryness XUE XU + FENG + ZAO

Chronic returning eczema that lasts years, the skin is dry, rough and like lichen, with typical pale red areas of eczema. Overall weak constitution, there may also be dry stools, dry hair, splitting fingernails, weak period in women, who also feel “lifeless”.

Pale and dry

Softness of heavenly fay (code 052)
+
Seclusion of the hermit Chang (code 114)
+
Beverage of silver wind (code 844)
+
Sommelier Cream (code 612) 

6. Yin deficiency with dampness YIN XU + SHI

Deterioration of the previous condition –  extreme blood deficiency resulting also in very dry skin.

Pale red

Moistening of the parched steppe (code 033) 
+
Breeze of silk fan (code 113)
+
Beverage of silver wind (code 844)
+
Sommelier Cream (code 612)

 

Childhood (infant) eczema

Cause

Symptoms

Therapy

1. damp type SHI/RE with dominant damp SHI

Red eczema on cheeks and nape, followed by papules and blisters with discharge that dries into crusts which reveal red skin when peeled off; typically also severe itching, restlessness and sleeplessness.

Breeze of silk fan (Code 113)
+
Banquet of five tastes (Code 105)
+
Beverage of Chinese sages (Code 900)
+
Wine Garden Cream (Code 613)

2. dry type SHI/RE with dominant heat RE

Light or dark red eczema on head and cheeks with rough and dry skin, accumulation of papules, crusts, scales, strong itching, visible signs of scratching, minimal number of blisters.

Caress of the Panda Bear (Code 115)
+
Taming of the hot-blooded horse (Code 018)
+
Sommelier Cream (Code 612)