Infantile eczema commonly occurs on the
face and on the outside of arms and legs. In Chinese medicine,
it suggests that the problem is in the Spleen system, since in
Chinese medicine, the outside of the arms and legs belong (or
associate to) the Spleen system. Any skin problem occur in these
area would be considered to something wrong in the Spleen system
(Remember, the meaning of the spleen in the Chinese medicine is
different from that in the western medicine). The problem is
that the Spleen is stagnated by wet Qi (Qi means body life
energy). To solve this problem, we use herb Huang Lian and Cang
zhu. Apply the
powder of the herbs on to the skin to stop the itch and to clear
the skin rash. After the local condition was improved, it is
still needed to use herbal formula Shen Ling Bai Zhu San to
nourish the Spleen, to prevent the recurrence of the eczema.
If the occur and the aggravation of the
infantile eczema are related to over eat of meat, or to over eat
of anything that cause poor digestion, especially sea food, we
use herbal formula Bao He Wan, Ping Wei San, or Si Miao San, to
improve the digestive system. This is another way to solve the
There is another more simple way to treat
the infantile eczema: cook Chi Xiao Dou (red bean) and Yi Yi Ren
(Coix seed) in water. Eat the beans and drink the decoction.
Usually, the skin rash can disappear within two days. It is
worthwhile to try.
Chinese medicine mostly uses herbal therapy
for the treatment of acne. The herbs can be used by drinking the
herbal decoction, or by applying herbal location on to the skin.
Chinese medicine believes that acne is not
a local disease. It is the local expression of a whole body
disease. Therefore, to treat acne, we need to pay attention to
the whole body condition first, as well as give attention to the
local skin rash too. We pay attention to the body constitution
of the person, since different body constitution needs different
herbal formula to the treatment of the acne.
If the person is strong in body
constitution, skin is rough with more body hair, does not sweat,
feels heavy in the body, and looks swelling on the face, we use
herbal formula Ma Huang Jia Zhu Tang, Ma Huang Shi Gan Tang, Ge
Gen Tang, or Yue Pi Jia Zhu Tang.
If the person is strong in the body
constitution, has bigger or bloating
upper belly, and if the acne is dark red in color, we use
Da Chai Hu Tang jia Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan. If the bloating is
mostly around the navel, we use Fang Feng Tong Shen San.
If the person has sour throat, and also
loss stool, it means that the body is upper-hot but lower-cold
body constitution, we use Wu Ji San.
For Fire and stagnation body constitution,
and if the person is dark color on face, on the gum, has dry
mouth and constipation, we use Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan plus herb Da
Huang, Hong Hua, Chuan Xiong, and Dan Shen.
For person with white and oily skin, red
color on lips, and if the acne is fresh red, it is a inner-Fire
body constitution. It needs herbal formiula Jing Jie Lian Qiao
Tang for the treatment. After subside of the skin rash, change
it to Yin Qiao San to further more make the skin pigment
subside. For prevention, use herbal formula Xiao Chai Hu Tang
Jia Dang Gui Shao Yao San.
If there is Fire accumulated in the Heart
and Lung system (Chinese medicine concept), and if the pulse
feels floating and string on the Cun position of the wrist, we
use Ma Huang Lian Qiao Chi Xiao Dou Tang.
If the patient has acne, and also has
trouble in the throat, such as chronic pharyngitis, tonsillitis,
laryngitis, as well as constipation, we can try Shen Jiang San.
If the person feels cold, tired, has anemia
and swelling on the eye lids, and has menstrual disorders, us
Dan Gui Shao Yao San.
For most teenage with dark skin color and
more body hair and if the acne is dark in color, especially if
the person feels anxiety and stress very much, has dry month and
wishes to dink cold water, use Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San Jia Jing Jie
and Hong Hua.
If it is hard to make a clear TCM
diagnosis, directly try Si Jun Qin Lian Er Chen Jia Shi Gao to
clear the Fire in the stomach.
The above diagnosis is a basic diagnosis,
based on that, we need to add some more specific herbs for the
acne per se, such as add Bai Zhi, Bai Ji LI, Bai Xian Pi, Hu
Zhang, Zi Cao, Yin Hua, Lian Qiao, or She She Cao, so as to
increase the healing effects. If there is clear pus on the acne,
add herb We Ju Huang and Huang Qi.
The herbs above are for preparation of
herbal decoction to drink. We also use herbal external
application (herbal location) on to the acne. There are many
kinds of herbal formula that can be tried. We usually use Bing
Pian, Huang Lian, Da Huang and Liu Huang. Grind them into
powder, mixed them with sesame oil
and the apply the herbal location on to the acne, twice
or three times a day, and keep it for 20 to 30 min each time.
Acupuncture is also used for the treatment
of acne. It is performed once every two to three days for three
to four weeks. The commonly used acupuncture points are Si Bei,
Jia Che, Yin Xiang, Di Cang, He Gu, Lie Que, Wai Guan, Feng Shi,
Feng Chi, Yang Ling Quan, Zu San Li, Xue Hai, etc. For the
bigger pus spot, we also use fire-needle acupuncture to puncture
the top of the pus spot.
People with all kinds of skin rash must be
careful for their diet. This is very important. They should eat
less amount of food that contain higher amount of fat, such as
meet, especially beef and lamb. They should not eat too much
fried food , such as chips; see food, such as various fish,
shrimp, or crab; spicy food, such as onion, garlic, ginger,
pepper, etc. ; alcohol, or fertilized food, such as yoghourt.
They can eat more vegetable, but not too much fruits. The
vegetables should also be eaten together with rice of bread, not
the vegetable alone.