In the years since World War II, eczema diagnoses have been rising dramatically. It is estimated that 31.6 million Americans have eczema, 1 in 9 will have some form of dermatitis in their lifetime, and 10.7% of all children are affected. In my opinion, this rise is likely due to lifestyle factors, changes in diet and the quality of our food supply, cosmetics and pollution. We live in a very different time than our grandparents, a time of food coloring, CAFOs, and GMO produces. These things set our immune system on high alert, and sometimes an immune system on high alert will attack itself.
Regardless of the causes of eczema, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can treat eczema. Regular treatment with acupuncture and herbal medicine can reduce itchiness, scaling, redness, raised patches and decrease the frequency of flare-ups.