Acupuncture treatments for eczema and psoriasis in Dublin 2
Atopic eczema is a chronic long-term condition that affects about 20% of children (HSE) and 8% of the Irish adult population (Irish skin Foundation). Eczema is a dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin. The skin can be itchy, dry, red, broken, thickened and cracked.
During a flare up, all those symptoms can be aggravated and the skin can become red, hot and very itchy. Sometimes, the skin can also weep and get swollen.
Eczema can develop in different parts of the body such as behind the knees, inside the elbows, on each side of the neck and around the eyes and ears.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease which leads to the apparition of red, scaly patches of skin commonly located on elbows, scalp, knees and back. The skin becomes flaky and can be itchy and painful. Psoriasis mainly affects adults.
Currently, conventional medicine does not have any cure for it and can only help with the symptoms and appearance of the problem.
What can acupuncture do for eczema or psoriasis sufferers?
Research has shown that acupuncture for eczema and psoriasis can have beneficial effects by reducing skin inflammation, regulating and reducing the occurrence of allergic reactions, regulating and strengthening the immune system and increasing local circulation in the affected area.
For atopic eczema, scientific studies confirms that acupuncture is efficient in reducing symptoms such as itching, redness, swelling. For psoriasis, very little research has been done and more is required. However, both eczema and psoriasis appear because of an inflammation of the skin so it would make sense that if acupuncture benefits eczema, it should also work for psoriasis.
Sources: BAcC factsheet (Eczema and psoriasis)