Chinese Herbal Medicine for skin conditions

Chinese Herbal Medicine can help with skin conditions

If you’re someone who suffers with skin disorders then terms such as psoriasis, eczema and pityriasis may be all too familiar. Scaly, itchy and inflamed skin is not only painful and irritating but can really affect your self-esteem. If you’re fed up with covering yourself in steroid creams that don’t seem to offer any prolonged relief, consider Chinese Herbal Medicine for your skin condition.

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) uses a number of herbs and plant extracts to create a tailor-made prescription to your problem – consider that with pharmaceutical medicine that uses generic prescriptions to treat everyone and you’ll start to see its benefits. CHM takes the form of soups, teas, tinctures or capsules that contain herbal formulas specific to your condition. CHM tackles the root cause of your problem by boosting the immune system and encouraging your body’s own natural healing mechanism to resolve your skin complaint.

Tackling eczema with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Recent research and trials involving the treatment of eczema using Chinese Herbal Medicine has resulted in some dramatic results. Atopic eczema, the most common type of eczema and one that affects one in ten children, is treatable with a ‘pentaherb’ Chinese herbal formulation. Pentaherb formulations contain five herbs that may be of benefit to eczema sufferers. Taken in capsules, the formulation comprises of the extracts of five raw herbs that have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The concoction contains Japanese honeysuckle (otherwise known as Flos lonicerae), Peppermint (known as Herba menthae), Peony tree root bark (Cortex moutan), the underground stem of the Atractylodes herb and the bark of the Amur cork tree.

The herbal remedy has been found to reduce the need for topical steroidal creams and also has a beneficial clinical effect on the immune system. People who suffer with eczema typically have higher levels of cytokines in the blood. These cytokines play an important role in the immune system which can trigger eczema inflammation. The Chinese herbal capsules reduced the effect that cytokines have on the inflammatory reactions that are linked to eczema.

Further testament to CHM’s effects on skin conditions in children were discovered at Great Ormond Street Hospital and for adults at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead. The trials were funded by the National Eczema Society and some patients with eczema responded dramatically with prescribed Chinese Herbal Medicine after failing with conventional treatments.

How to get effective CHM treatment for skin conditions

For Chinese Herbal Medicine to be effective for your skin condition you should first consult with your GP and then book an appointment with a trained and accredited Chinese Herbalist. CHM has a long tradition across many centuries and historically practitioners place great emphasis on the treatment being safe.

By visiting a trained practitioner you’ll ensure that the dosages to treat your skin problem are safe. These dosages may be quite high at first and could take a few weeks to achieve the desired result, particularly if your condition is chronic. Certain skin complaints respond quicker that others and skin conditions such as eczema are typically easier to treat with CHM that psoriasis. Whatever your problem, Chinese Herbal Medicine may provide a natural and effective solution that is long-lasting and less harmful than using chemically produced remedies.

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Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist

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