Chinese Herbs for Skin Rashes
29 Nov, 2011
Herbs have been utilized for hundreds of years to relieve a wide range of heath issues. Chinese medication involves the use of herbs to treat just about any health disorder. In this post we will discuss some Chinese herbs for skin rashes.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and is vulnerable to various skin diseases. Nearly everyone experiences some kind of skin disorder in their lives. Every year, a large number of people seek help from dermatologists or doctors due to skin related problems. Conventional dermatology has made quite a significant contribution over the years. However, for skin disorders that don’t respond to conventional skin medication and treatment and for patients who prefer to use natural methods of treatment, ancient Chinese medicine offers a much safer and more effective alternative.
Chinese medical practices are more than 6,500 years old. Chinese medicine and treatments use herbal remedies that maintain healthy “chi.” According to Chinese medicine, Chi is the life force present in every living organism. A well-balanced chi leads to a healthy body. An out-of-balance chi could be a sign of an underlying condition, or perhaps be the cause of that condition and often it is both. There are quite a few Chinese herbs that help maintain the balance of chi and ensure a healthy body and radiant skin.
A skin rash is a change in the skin’s disposition which affects the color, and texture of the skin. A rash can be limited to a particular area of the body or might spread to other parts of the body. A rash can cause itching, blisters, or swelling of the affected area. This is often quite uncomfortable.
Chinese Herbs for Skin Rashes and other Skin conditions:
Chinese Hawthorn: The extracts of Hawthorn cool the chi as well as promote proper circulation of blood to the skin. Chinese Hawthorne has been prescribed for hundreds of years for treatment of various types of skin rashes and ailments. Skin conditions like eczema, which is a painful condition and difficult to treat with the help of general skin lotions, can also be treated with Hawthorne. This herb is also effective for treating skin discoloration like brown pigment spots and the loss of pigment which results in white patches.
This is a valued tonic herb used in Chinese medication. Ligustrum is also known as nuzhenzi and is believed to strengthen the yin or lubricating aspect of Chi. This herb has anti-allergen and anti-inflammatory properties. It is usually taken in a powdered or capsule form.
Huang Qi, also called astragalus has antibiotic and antibacterial properties that can help heal skin blemishes caused due to bacteria. Huang Qi also removes the excess heat from the chi and is used both orally or applied in the form of a skin cream.
Licorice removes the excess heat from the chi. It can be used on its own or in combination with other herbs for treating minor skin rashes and helps in healing of small wounds.
Gaoben, also called lovage root, has been used as part of Chinese herbal remedies for skin care as well as a spice or flavoring and even as a fragrance in cosmetics and soaps.
This herb is used on its own or in conjunction with other herbs in Chinese medicine. It helps cool and balance the Chi.
Similar to most Chinese herbs for skincare, Sanqi helps improve the complexion by reducing the excess heat in the Chi.
Although these herbs help treat various skin conditions, certain allopathic medications like Desowen can also prove beneficial.
Desowen is a topical corticosteroid which works by reducing skin inflammation. It is used for treating a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, allergies, dermatitis, skin rashes etc. DesOwen helps treat skin redness, mild to moderate itching and swelling caused due to certain skin conditions.