The Secrets of Korean Medicine, Part 19: Don’t Be Fooled by the Conventional Wisdom on Eczema

It is possible to completely cure it by strengthening the lungs
March 4, 2016 Updated: March 10, 2016

The following is an account from one of my patients who suffered from severe eczema and side effects of steroid-based medications. She wrote this after eight months of cleansing her lungs with Korean herbal medicine.

Patient’s Account

I am a 40-year-old woman who works as a broadcast writer.

I never had any kind of skin trouble until seven years ago when I developed eczema in my early 30s. I was diagnosed with hormone imbalance exacerbated by stress.

My skin problems began with pimples on my face, so I visited a very reputable dermatology clinic, and just as hoped, my acne disappeared completely within several days of treatment. However, as soon as I stopped taking the prescribed medication, my breakouts began again. So I got another prescription and took it almost every day, feeling I had no choice since the drug kept my skin clear.

Later on, I came to learn that continuous use of these kinds of drugs is very dangerous. However, none of the dermatologists I met with told me to be careful with them. Eventually, without realizing the danger, I became addicted to the steroids contained in the drugs .

Then I started to have strange reactions. The skin all over my body became blotchy due to enlarged capillaries and also became very thin. My skin also began to bruise easily and was prone to tearing upon even a slight impact, and if I became slightly fatigued, a rash would manifest. Unbearable itchiness all over my body also kept me awake at night.

My symptoms were so bad that I visited a larger hospital where I was told that they were due to weakened immunity arising from steroid addiction. This was four years ago. My skin problems continued to get worse, with sores forming, and because of my continual scratching, I had scars all over my body and small bean-size protrusions that became hard.

This impacted my life a great deal. I used to enjoy taking baths and would sometimes bathe and wash my hair several times a day whenever I felt depressed or had difficulty writing. Now, taking a bath was torment. And although it was excruciating to have water come into contact with my broken skin, it was even more difficult mentally when I looked at my wrecked body.

I visited several reputable hospitals as well as hot springs throughout Korea that were known for effective treatment of skin troubles. However, it all proved futile.

Even though I was hospitalized twice for medical examination and had a biopsy done on the hardened protrusions, doctors were unable to find a cause or offer any effective treatment. I was told to reduce my workload since excessive stress was having an adverse effect on my condition, and to change my diet to be composed mostly of vegetables.

I decided to reduce the amount of steroid-based drugs I was taking, even though doctors warned me that this would be difficult. I truly had to confront gruesome pain every day, and if I hadn’t had strong religious faith, it is very likely that I would have committed suicide. In fact, I even begged my husband to get me drugs that would put me to sleep permanently in order to escape the pain.

Then one day, my younger sister saw a television program on Dr. Seo’s eczema treatment and called to tell me that she may have found someone who could treat my condition.

I didn’t have any expectations when I set out to visit Dr. Seo because I had already tried so many things in hope of a cure. Nonetheless, I pursued this thread of hope and with the feeling that I had many more things to do in my life. To my amazement, his Korean herbal formula allowed me to regain it.

After taking his Korean hebal medicine to clean my lungs for two weeks, the painful rash I had completely disappeared, along with the blotches caused by enlarged capillaries.

The hard protrusions also gradually disappeared, leaving only scars.

Now that I have been taking the herbal medicine for eight months, my eczema has become tremendously better, even though my body has not yet fully recovered. But although itchiness still remains, and I occasionally scratch myself in the evenings, I have no more sores or hard protrusions.

This medicine saved my life, and as an added benefit, my writing has become markedly healthier, reflecting the mindset of the writer.

Since I experienced this illness, my heart has been truly pained by the sight of young children combating severe eczema  because they have barely begun their lives while I did not have to bear my ordeal until I was over 30 years old.  

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all these patients and their family members. I am fully aware of how difficult it is to live with eczema and the depths of despair you may be experiencing. However, I sincerely hope that you will continue to have hope and I encourage you to clean your lungs with Dr. Seo’s herbal medicine, because I believe this medicine can help you start new healthier life.

Understanding Eczema


In order to cure eczema, you need to discharge both water- and fat-soluable toxins through the skin.(lightzaber/iStock)
In order to cure eczema, you need to discharge both water- and fat-soluable toxins through the skin.(lightzaber/iStock)

After nearly three years of continuous treatment, this patient’s eczema was fully cured. This was a relatively quick recovery, as the majority of those who have become this addicted to steroid medications require a much longer period for such improvement, usually three and a half years.

To date, this treatment has fully cured more than 40,000 eczema patients, and there are two key things that I always tell them about curing eczema.

First, you need to focus on opening the pores and avoid steroids. Eczema is fundamentally caused by the failure to properly discharge toxins accumulated under the skin; therefore, eczema can only be cured by discarding toxins accumulated in all corners of the body through fully opening the pores and sweating.

Steroids block the pores, preventing the body from discarding fatty and water-soluable waste. An even more serious problem is that steroids push the toxins that cause eczema deeper into the body. Steroids also infiltrate the bones, where they can cause osteoporosis.

In Korean medicine, the skin and lungs are seen as directly connected.

So what’s the best way to discard toxins? Exercise is a good start, but it alone is not sufficient because it only discharges water- soluble waste, which will not fully cure eczema but can shorten the treatment period by about half. For a complete cure, it is necessary to discard fat-soluble waste via the pores. This can be achieved by fortifying the lungs.

In Korean medicine, the skin and lungs are seen as directly connected, with the skin sometimes referred to as “the third lung”; therefore, key to treating eczema is opening the skin pores by fortifying the lungs with cleansing therapy. Taking saunas or hot baths to further open sweat pores can also help restore beautiful skin.

Secondly, in order for treatment to work, you must stick with it. Many people are suspicious that cleansing the lungs with herbal medicine is just another “natural” treatment that sounds good when they read about it but won’t actually make any meaningful improvement in their condition.

This kind of doubt makes it difficult to continue with treatment, which often involves a healing crisis. As steroids and various accumulated toxins begin to be discharged from the body, there is usually a temporary aggravation of symptoms, which is a necessary step in the healing process but difficult to endure. When this happens, many people stop taking the medicine, believing that it is not effective.

There is an old saying in Asia: “Do not use something if you are doubtful, and have no doubt if you have already decided to use it.” I would like to emphasize that this is key to treatment. If you cleanse your lungs with Korean herbal medicine but have even the slightest doubt about its effectiveness, it is very likely that you will stop taking it when you feel uncomfortable.

Eczema is classified as a form of atopy, which is an allergy condition characterized by hypersensitivity. Asthma and hay fever are other common forms of atopy.

It has been found that such allergic conditions manifest due to an abnormality in the immune system. However, modern medicine still has no idea how to normalize an immune system that has started to function abnormally.

I was successful in finding a very accurate method of normalizing immune system by fortifying the lungs, which strengthens the tonsils, which are part of the first line of defense of the immune system. This is where the key to the treatment of eczema and other atopic conditions lies.

I have used this therapy to completely restore the health of people who were very close to death. I hope many more people can understand these principles of treatment and apply them to restore their health.

Dr. Seo Hyo-seok.  (Courtesy of  Dr. Seo)
Dr. Seo Hyo-seok. (Courtesy of Dr. Seo)

Dr. Seo Hyo-seok is the director of the Pyunkang Korean Medicine Hospital, which has seven branches in South Korea, one at Stanton University in California, and one in Atlanta. Dr. Seo entered Kyung Hee University in Korea at the top of his class and after years of research, developed the Pyunkang-Hwan herbal formula, which improves immunity by strengthening lung function. It has helped cure over 155,000 patients of various conditions.

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