Dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis… all kinds of skin diseases are no known by everyone. Although there are many types of skin diseases with different symptoms, itchy skin is probably the most common and most troublesome symptom. No matter what kind of skin disease, the heart-wrenching itching can often make people miserable! At the same time, endless scratching will also cause skin infections and lesions, affecting human health! Therefore, relieving itching is often the primary purpose of treatment for most skin disease patients.
Western medicine often uses various antihistamines to treat itchy skin, which has achieved the purpose of anti-allergic and antipruritic. However, the clinical use of such drugs often has uncomfortable symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, and dry mouth.Traditional Chinese Medicine has its own unique opinions and methods for the treatment of skin itching. It advocates treating the cause, often while relieving the itching, and treating the cause of the disease. It can often achieve the purpose of treating both the symptoms and the root cause, and it is relatively safe and has few contraindications, so it is widely welcomed and trusted by patients.
So, how exactly does Traditional Chinese Medicine treat itchy skin diseases? T S EMPORIUM Health Pharmacist will share with you the treatment and advice of Traditional Chinese Medicine on pruritic skin disease through a real case.
Case：Ms. Hu, 36 years old, is 162cm, weighs 60kg. She is usually healthy, but the skin condition is not good, rashes and itching often occur. The doctor said that it is chronic eczema. The treatment with Western medicine is good and bad. This year, Ms. Hu ate some seafood and barbecue during the Mid-Autumn Festival, and developed a dark red rash on the limbs, waist and back with obvious itching. The doctor diagnosed it as eczema. She took oral anti-allergic loratadine (Caritan) and topical halometasone. After the ointment, the symptoms have not been completely relieved. What is the best way for Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat this situation? What else should we pay attention to in life?
T S EMPORIUM’s Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmacist： From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the causes of itching are mainly due to factors of wind, dampness and heat, insect poison and blood deficiency. Therefore, in the treatment, on the basis of dialectics, the methods of expelling wind and relieving itching, clearing heat and dampness, cooling blood and detoxifying, nourishing blood and expelling wind are often used. In addition, Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the lungs control the skin and hair. For many patients with chronic skin, there is often a situation of deficiency of lung qi. Therefore, Chinese medicine often uses the treatment of invigorating lung qi on the basis of appealing dialectical treatment, which has achieved the purpose of treating both the symptoms and the root causes.
According to Ms. Hu’s current situation, from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it should belong to the internal accumulation of dampness and heat (the cause of the onset, red rash, dry and bitter mouth, yellow and greasy tongue coating in the second stool, etc., all have damp-heat factors), and both blood deficiency wind-dryness (longer course of disease, local skin thickening and roughness, and nighttime itching obviously has the performance of blood deficiency and wind-dryness), Therefore, Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment should be based on the basic principles of clearing away heat and removing dampness, nourishing blood, expelling wind and relieving itching. Considering that Ms. Hu has always had bad skin issue, she is prone to skin problems such as eczema and itching, and the condition is prolonged and difficult to heal, which means that Ms. Hu herself is likely to have the problem of poor skin resistance, that is, deficiency of lung qi according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Procrastination is hard to heal. Therefore, it is appropriate to cooperate with the method of tonifying the lungs and nourishing qi as appropriate to enhance the skin resistance and promote the recovery of the disease as soon as possible.
Therefore, it is recommended that the patient, Ms. Hu, may try to use the Chinese patent medicine, Kai Yeung (Qingdujieyang) pills for treatment. Proprietary Chinese medicine Kai Yeung Pill contains Chinese Medicines Astragalus, Angelica, Scutellaria, Chuanxiong, Ginseng, Angelica, Atractylodes, Cnidium, Xanthium, Rehmannia and other ingredients. Among them, astragalus and ginseng can invigorate the lungs and replenish qi to enhance the skin’s disease resistance and recovery ability; Scutellaria baicalensis, Atractylodes japonica, and Cnidium can clear away heat, detoxify and remove dampness; Angelica, Chuanxiong, Rehmannia glutinosa can nourish blood, moisten dryness, and eliminate wind; The function is to expel wind and relieve itching. The whole recipes work together to clear away heat and dampness, nourish blood, expel wind, and relieve itching, enhance skin immunity, and promote the recovery of skin diseases. Therefore, the Chinese patent medicine Kai Yeung Pill should be suitable for the use of Ms. Hu in the treatment of eczema. At the same time, for other skin diseases, as long as from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the etiology and pathogenesis are the same, especially if there are symptoms of itching, and the treatment rules of Traditional Chinese Medicine are the same, it is also suitable to use the Chinese patent medicine Kai Yeung pills for treatment.
清毒解痒丸(Kai Yeung (Qingdujieyang) Pills
For the patient Ms. Hu, Chinese herbal decoction can also be used for treatment. 30 grams of Astragalus, 15g of Fangfeng, 15g of Atractylodes, 6g of Licorice, 6g of Cicada slough, 15g of White fresh skin, 15g of Rehmannia glutinosa, 10g of Angelica sinensis, 15g of Cortex Moutan, 15g of Salvia miltiorrhiza, 10g of Angelica Radix, and 10g of Scutellaria baicalensis. Of course, since there is no face-to-face consultation here, the medication recommendations are for reference only.
黄芩(Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
牡丹皮(Paeonia Suffruticosa Andr.)
As a patient with skin disease with obviously itching skin problem, in addition to necessary drug treatment, diet and lifestyle also need to be paid attention to. Avoid using overheated water and excessive washing to irritate the skin in daily life, avoid seafood, snails and shellfish, beef, sheep and dog meat, goose, salted duck eggs, bamboo shoots, glutinous rice, broad beans, peanuts, mango, durian, Litchi, pineapple, and other warm, fishy products; also avoid strong tea, coffee, alcohol and other stimulating products, so as not to aggravate symptoms.
Always consult a physician before you start using any dietary or herbal supplements.
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