In Western Medicine eczema is usually triggered by a poor immune system that causes an allergic reaction to certain chemicals or food ingredients although it can also be caused by frequent stress.

However, in Chinese Medicine the allergy only happens when the vital energy ‘Qi’ is imbalanced or weak. The reaction is usually manifested in form of damp-heat or wind-heat.


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat successfully eczema by improving the immune system or vital energy, clearing the heat and draining the dampness. Nutritional advice as well as other Chinese Medicine therapies can also be prescribed to help managing the stress.

See what the British Acupuncture Council says about treating eczema with acupuncture.