What are the symptoms of Dermatitis? What are alternative therapists using in natural health to help?

The severity of a person’s skin conditions and their symptoms can range from a small rash that causes mild irritation to weeping skin lesions that can cause extreme discomfort and scarring. Although there is no miracle cure for dermatitis natural therapies that can help manage it and resolve it

  • Naturopath: To treat dermatitis, a naturopath aims to correct imbalances in the total body, not just the skin. They tailor treatments according to an individual’s specific condition; however, most people suffering from dermatitis have an imbalance of qi (energy). Treatments will likely include needling at points for moving and boosting the qi as well as clearing heat in the body. Your health practitioner may also recommend herbs such as ginseng and licorice to boost the qi and regulate the immune system.
  • Nutrition: Dermatitis can be triggered by certain foods, especially in children. If you know the food that inflames your dermatitis, remove it from your diet. Common triggers include dairy products, wheat, yeast and tomatoes. If you don’t know which specific food triggers your dermatitis it’s best to see a nutritionist or dietician who can help you eliminate particular foods. Adding essential fatty acids, Vitamins A, B and E and zinc to the diet can also help. Some people swear by natural yoghurt  – it can be eaten and also smeared on the body – for its healing and soothing properties. You should always see a nutritionist or naturopath before eliminating any foods or adding supplements to your diet.
  • Herbal Medicine: Your herbalist will use plant-based remedies and extracts to help ease the symptoms of dermatitis. They may prescribe burdock and red clover to strengthen the liver and licorice root and calendula for their anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy uses a range of plant-based essential oils to effect recovery and healing.  Essentials oils may be beneficial in reducing inflammation and itching and may soothe and moisturize the skin. An Aromatherapist might use geranium, neroli, lavender, myrrh and rose in their treatment.
  • Homeopathy: Homeopathy uses specific remedies of plant and mineral extracts to stimulate the natural healing ability of the body. Each remedy is tailored to each individual but common prescriptions for treating dermatitis include graphite’s and sulphur.

For more information on naturopaths and referrals to other practitioners, please look for A Natural Self’s Naturopathy Clinic in Perth and the information on this immune system problem by referring to their website.