How to Treat Eczema and other Skin Conditions

My friend’s son was born six years ago. Little Oscar arrived into the world one summer’s evening in Sydney Australia – the product of a health conscious mum and dad who chose to have a home-based water-birth as their preferred method of baby delivery.

They decided against the stork, the nurses in white gowns, the hospital rooms and the antiseptic corridors, in favour of the comfort and familiarity of their own home. “We want him to feel as if he comes into the world right where he belongs,” they said. “We want the surroundings to be filled with love and joy and the people who will care for him and carry him through to adulthood.”

Little Oscar arrived and his mum and dad were ecstatic. The experience was perfect  -blissful for all. I was present and was able to assist in my capacity as naturopath and support person.

However, there was one problem. His skin was inflamed with eczema.

From the outset, Oscar’s parents asked me to help with the condition. “Could it be due to allergies?” They asked. “Could it have been something I was eating while pregnant?” Said the mother.

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I told them the reasons for eczema were many and varied. One recent research article even points to a link between eczema and increased sensitisation in children due to “increased exposure to nickel-containing objects at an earlier age, including watch and jeans studs etc.”[1]

My experience of this condition is fairly comprehensive and I believe naturopathy, Chinese medicine and other natural products could help to strengthen the body and lessen and even in some cases eradicate the condition.

I may advise against some allopathic methods which often focus on the use of steroidal creams and agents that can rid the symptoms in the short term, only to result in them coming back bigger and better and fiercer and stronger in the long term.  My personal view is these are aggressive and superficial treatments that are also toxic for the body.

Instead I promote an approach that focuses on diet, fresh foods, and the use of various vitamins, herbs and supplements. I also suggest you speak with a natural health/paediatrician if you have a baby suffering from the condition.

My suggestions are as follows:

  • Ayurvedic herbs such as palasha, babul, alsi (also known in the west as linseed) and swallow wort.[2]
  • Probiotic formulas
  • Witch hazel applied to the eczema areas
  • Oat or oatmeal baths daily for soothing
  • Manuka or medicinal honey applied to the eczema patches
  • A diet high in fatty acids and omega 3,6,9s. Flaxseed or flaxseed capsules are a good source of the omegas.
  • Lots of water
  • Exercise and stress reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga

So if you suffer from eczema or have a family member who does, remember that you can treat it and manage it with natural approaches and natural remedies.

I hope this information helps.

Bye for now.