Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.


Eczema, also called dermatitis, is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema most commonly causes dry, reddened skin that itches or burns, although the appearance of eczema varies from person to person and varies according to the specific type of eczema. Factors that can cause eczema include other diseases, irritating substances, allergies and your genetic makeup. It is most common in babies and children.

Treatment of eczema may involve both lifestyle changes and the use of medications. Treatment is always based upon an individual's age, overall health status, and the type and severity of the condition. The primary conventional treatment for eczema is corticosteroid ointments applied topically. Oral steroids may be given. However, as a long-term therapy, steroids have a suppressive effect and do not cure. They deplete the energy of the kidney and, when applied liberally on the skin they may push damp, phlegm and heat pathogens back to the lungs. Therefore, attempting to eliminate the rash at all costs and as fast as possible is not the best strategy for the long-term health of the child. Though uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing, eczema is neither contagious nor life-threatening. It is advisable to keep steroids handy in case of crisis, but they are best avoided if possible.

Chinese medicine physicians have used acupuncture and herbs to treat eczema for thousands of years. Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to diagnosing eczema, considering physical, emotional, and environmental factors. Each person experiences a unique combination of symptoms, which may vary in severity over time. By taking the pulse, asking in depth questions, and observing the tongue and the skin, the treatment and diagnosis are tailored to each personís symptoms.  Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment may involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or both. The treatment goal is to correct the root cause of the condition, thereby "curing" the disease. This approach gives TCM a special advantage over certain western medicine therapies that focus on merely providing symptomatic relief. Traditional Chinese medicine has been proven safe & effective without adverse side effects. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact us.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784