Ask a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor: What Can I Do For Eczema?

In Second Spring, Dr. Maoshing Ni (or Dr. Mao) reveals hundreds of natural secrets to revitalize and regenerate at any age. He also discusses some natural treatments for those pesky skin ailments like eczema.

Find out what he suggests

Q: In your book, you prescribe sun therapy to treat skin conditions like eczema. Can you explain why?

A: Eczema is a condition where the immune system is actually attacking the skin because it thinks that there are bacteria, allergens or foreign particles in the skin.

Most often it’s in reaction to some sort of skin bacteria which is pretty common. Eczema is basically an inflammation of the skin.

The sun’s UV rays actually kill those bacteria and then it can calm the immune system down so it’s not so hyper to continue attacking the skin.

However, you must take care not to over-expose yourself to the sun because then you can cause UV damage to the skin.

My guideline would be before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m., 25-30 minutes without sun protection.

Anything more than that or during the mid-day, people should put on sunscreen protection on or possibly even cover their skin with UV-protective clothing.

Q: Are there any natural creams that you suggest for eczema?

A: I find that Aloe Vera & Vitamin E combinations are really good for keeping the area lubricated because often times it’s dry and flaky.

For itching, Calendula seems to do a really good job. (Calendula, or marigold extracts, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.)

Within our medical practice, we also use specific herbal combinations for different patients depending on the type of eczema condition they have.



Vitamin C Good For Colds and Gout

Natural News is reporting on a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that has found vitamin C may reduce the risk of gout in men. The study by researchers out of the Boston University School of Medicine looked at 47,000 male health care professionals over a 20-year period. Researchers found that men who took daily vitamin C supplements ranging from 1000mg to 1499mg were 34% less likely to have gout than men who took no supplement. Further, men who supplemented with 1500mg or greater of vitamin C had a 45% lower risk of contracting the disease versus those who took no supplement.

Gout is a form of arthritis that can be incredibly painful and debilitating. It is characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream, leading to the formation of monosodium urate crystals deposited in the tissues, cartilage and/or tendons, causing great pain. Gout is much more common in men, but women are also affected. Common risk factors include obesity, high alcohol consumption and an acidic, high-protein diet.

Lead researcher Hyon Choi is quoted as saying, “given the general safety profile associated with vitamin C intake, particularly in the generally consumed ranges as in the present study, vitamin C intake may provide a useful option in the prevention of gout.” Although it is not known by what mechanism vitamin C is able to prevent gout, researcher speculate that it may be attributable to the vitamin’s anti-inflammatory properties or its ability to reduce uric acid levels in the blood.

This study should not be used as a free license to eat and drink irresponsibly, however. According to Michael Snaith, member of the U.K. Gout Society “it would be unwise for people to think they can compensate for eating and drinking too much by taking vitamin C with their pint of beer.”