Ear Eczemaaccording to TCM

What is Ear Eczema?

Ear eczema, a specific type of dermatitis, affects the ear's skin, causing irritation, redness, and itchiness. This condition, also known as ear dermatitis or otic eczema, can manifest in various forms, ranging from mild dryness and flakiness to severe inflammation and oozing.

It's a localized form of eczema that specifically targets the unique and sensitive skin around and inside the ear, requiring careful management due to its delicate location and potential for discomfort.

How Does TCM View Ear Eczema?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perceives ear eczema not just as a skin disorder but as an external manifestation of internal imbalance. TCM theory holds that this condition arises from disharmonies within the body's Qi (energy), Blood, and organ systems, often involving factors like internal Dampness, Heat, or Wind.

Treatment in TCM, therefore, focuses on identifying and correcting these underlying imbalances, considering the individual's overall constitution and specific pattern of symptoms. This holistic approach aims to restore harmony and balance within the body, addressing the root cause of ear eczema.

Acupoints for Ear Eczema

In TCM, acupoint therapy is a key component of treatment for conditions like ear eczema. One effective acupoint is Guanchong TB-1, located on the lateral side of the ring finger, approximately 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail. Stimulating this point is believed to help expel Exterior Wind and benefit the ears.

It also has actions that clear Pericardium Heat, benefit the tongue, clear Upper Burner Heat, and remove obstructions from the channel. This approach exemplifies TCM's comprehensive strategy, targeting not just the symptoms but also the underlying factors contributing to ear eczema.

See more details below about Guanchong TB-1, an acupoint used to address ear eczema.

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Guanchong TB-1

Guanchong TB-1

On the lateral side of the ring finger, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.