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Home > Newsletters > July 2003

Ask the Doctor

Q: I have eczema and am wondering if acupuncture can alleviate the intense scalp itching and rash that I get on my face.

A: Kristin A. Dudley writes: Yes, acupuncture has been known to help with a wide variety of disorders including eczema. Herbs in conjunction with acupuncture can have a more powerful effect in treating the root of the cause. If your eczema tends to be dry, red, and itchy an acupuncturist would label it as a "wind heat" problem; if your eczema is moist, oozing fluid, red, and itchy we would see it as a "damp heat" problem.

Often eczema develops at an early age in conjunction with allergic asthma. What's interesting is that the Chinese Lung -- not to be confused with the actual organ-lung is related to the skin. The Chinese Lung is linked to the pores and the Chinese Kidney is said to nourish and moisten the skin. Your acupuncturists will both treat your symptoms as well as treat the underlying causes of your condition. Duration of treatment will depend on each individual case.

Q: I have a sugar imbalance and my holistic therapist wants me to stay off of all foods containing sugar for 21 days. This means I can only eat meat, chicken, fish, certain vegetables and drink water. I stay on this diet for four days and then give in and go crazy eating all the bad food. Would acupuncture help with my sugar addiction?

A: Paul Blacker writes: Sweet is the flavor that pertains to the Spleen organ system in Chinese medicine. Your craving for sweets indicates that your spleen is weak. As the spleen organ system searches the body for more energy it looks for it in easy sources like sweet foods. Chinese medicine would be an excellent way to strengthen the spleen. It could help you reduce the cravings for sweets, reduce any abdominal bloating, reduce muscle fatigue, improve your stools and increase your ability to think more clearly.

The spleen likes routine, so eating regularly -- breakfast like a king, lunch like a knave and dinner like a pauper -- will help to strengthen it. You should also avoid an excess of fried food, dairy products, sweets, and raw uncooked foods.

About our Doctors:

Kristin A. Dudley is a board certified licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist licensed in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (pending). She earned her Master's degree in Oriental Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College. She is a member of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance and The Acupuncture Society of New York. Kristin teaches Traditional Chinese Medicine at Bergen Community College and lectures in the tri-state area.

Paul Blacker, M.Bac.C. is a graduate from the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He currently practices in private clinics in Kent and for the Addictions Service. He also practices and teaches Taijiquan and Qigong to help his patients maintain and improve their own health.

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