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Q: What can I do for my chronic eczema?


A: Acupuncture has been found to modulate immune function within the human body. If an immune system has been hyperactive, as in the case of autoimmunity, acupuncture will down-regulate it to normal. But if the immunity is low, as in a weakened or suppressed immune system, it will up-regulate it to normal.

Certain herbs help to nourish and moisten skin that is dry, flaky, and itchy in conditions like eczema. Chinese herbs for this condition can be ingested orally as a tea or pills, applied as an external ointment, or used as an external wash.

It is essential to stay away from foods that cause inflammation. In general, for all skin conditions you should stay away from dairy, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, eggplant, bell pepper, processed foods, tomatoes, and deep-fried greasy foods.

Through my own personal experience, I have seen the power of Chinese medicine and how it has helped several of my patients either reduce their eczema symptoms or completely cure the condition. One of my youngest patients with eczema was only two years old. After seeing him for a period of time his symptoms were significantly reduced. It was so rewarding to hear his mother say that now that the eczema was almost gone he was a much happier child

Furthermore, at an older age, certain supplements should be taken. Vitamin C, A, and zinc are very good as antioxidants and are very


About our Doctors

This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Sally Goluboff, L.Ac.,

Sally Goluboff received a Masterís Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. She completed a residency program at Childrenís Hospital Los Angeles, where she treated pediatric patients with chronic pain conditions as well as autoimmune diseases. Sally also completed an externship program at Venice Family Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary medical clinic in Los Angeles that serves low-income residents.

Sally enjoys working in an integrative setting and treating patients of all ages. She is also passionate about treating womenís health and fertility. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Before she began her studies in Chinese Medicine, Sally had experience in education at a large university campus, and program management for a private tutoring company. She speaks four languages and has traveled all over the world. She has lived in five countries and spent a year in Japan teaching conversational English to high school students.

Prior to being awarded the Tao of Wellness Fellowship, she was the Assistant Academic Dean at Yo San University. In her role as Assistant Dean she was able to advise students and help them create an academic plan to graduate successfully with a Masterís Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sally also had a private practice in Westchester.



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