Eczema is a troublesome but common skin disorder that affects up to 15
percent of the population. In its acute form, eczema causes inflamed red,
dry, and itchy skin. Some patches may blister and weep, and eventually,
these areas may crust over. If the eczema is a chronic problem, the skin
will continue to itch but may thicken and take on a leathery consistency.
Usually, dry scales develop, and the skin's color may change.
Most acute cases are brought on by an allergic response. Sufferers may be
allergic to a certain food or to other substances; in either case, it's
quite possible to have a reaction from ingesting the allergen or just from
touching it. If you can identify the irritant and remove it, eczema will
usually disappear. But if the skin continues to be exposed to the
irritating factor, the rash may spread and develop into a chronic
condition. Stress may aggravate acute eczema and keep it from resolving.
Eczema can appear in infancy or early childhood and most often develops on
the face and the head or in the folds of the elbows, the knees, or the
groin. In some cases, it will disappear as childhood progresses and wither
stay away for good or recur in adolescence or adulthood. Chronic eczema is
a complex condition that usually involves a family history of eczema,
asthma, or hay fever; difficulty handling stress; or food sensitivity. It
has also been linked to abnormalities of the immune system, as well as to
candidiasis and low levels of essential fatty acids and deficiencies of
other nutrients that help keep down inflammation. Poor digestion and
detoxification can also be at the root of eczema. Like most complicated
ailments that involve the whole body and lifestyle, holistic treatment is
the best approach for both relief and resolution. Conventional therapy for
chronic cases is usually quite frustrating for the patient, as it generally
just suppresses the skin problem and causes further spreading or
intensifies the symptoms. Treating the root cause(s) with natural
therapies, as described in this section, is, in our opinion, a superior way
to help resolve this aggravating condition.
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of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
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The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription # 1
Omega 3, 6 9
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Take a formulation that contains a mixture of omega-3, 6,
and 9 fatty acids, as directed on the container. Children
can take this product at a daily dosage of 480 mg of EPA
Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and dryness, and
studies show that they can help heal eczema.
Super Prescription #2
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Adults take 1,000 mg two to three times daily and children
500 mg two to three times daily. It reduces inflammation
and promotes skin healing.
Super Prescription #3
Adults should take 1 ml of the tincture form or 300 mg in
capsules, while children can take 0.5 ml and 150 mg with
each meal. Burdock root has a cleansing effect on the skin.
Super Prescription #4
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Adults can take 3,000 mg daily and children 1,000 mg daily.
It contains GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), which has
anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. Some people with
eczema need increased amounts of GLA. It's especially
important if other essential fatty acids, such as fish or
flaxseed oil, have not been helpful.
Super Prescription # 5
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400 IU and children 200 IU daily. It promotes skin healing
and prevents the oxidation of essential fatty acids.
Super Prescription #6
Probiotics / Dophilus
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Adults should take a formula that contains at least 4
billion organisms per daily dosage and children at least 2
billion. Friendly flora such as Lactobacillus and
bifidobacterium are involved with proper digestion,
detoxification, and immune function.
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Symptoms of Acute Eczema
Red, dry, swollen, and burning skin
A strong, almost overwhelming desire to scratch
Skin that blisters, oozes, and crusts over
Symptoms of Chronic Eczema
Recurring cases of acute eczema
Thick, dry skin with scaly patches
Root Causes of Acute Eczema
Contact with irritants (these can include but are not limited to dyes,
perfumes, topical medications, plants, metals, soaps, wool, pollutants,
and even sunlight)
Root Causes of Chronic Eczema
Suppressive treatments of acute eczema (such as long-term topical
Food allergies or sensitivities
An imbalanced immune system
Deficiency of or inability to process essential fatty acids
Low levels of stomach acid and poor digestion
Eat a diet of basic, whole foods to encourage a healthy internal balance
and a balanced immune system.
You should consume essential fatty acids every day. Flaxseeds and flaxseed
oil are great sources; use the oil in dressings or sprinkle the seeds on
cereal or salads. Flaxseeds and their oil change with heat, so do not bake
with them or expose them to high temperatures. Cold-water fish, especially
salmon, mackerel, and herring, are also good sources of EFAs.
Eat pumpkin or sunflower seeds daily. They are excellent sources of zinc, a
mineral that encourages the proper metabolism of essential fatty acids.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours to flush out toxins and
to encourage skin health.
If you're constipated, your body will have to find another way to get rid
of wastes-and that usually means that toxins are expelled through the skin.
Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. They're full of fiber
and will keep your digestive tract clean.
Vitamin A and beta-carotene are necessary for good skin health, so eat your
green leafy and orange-yellow vegetables. Their nutrients are best
delivered to your body when the food sources are raw, juiced, or lightly
Candidiasis is a possible cause of eczema, so eat cultured or sour products
every day to stimulate the growth of "good bacteria."
Foods to Avoid
Eliminate all additives from your diet. Not only are additives likely to
cause a direct reaction, but they also contribute to a toxic internal
environment that can manifest in the skin.
Determine whether you have an allergy or a sensitivity to any foods. Common
food triggers of eczema are dairy, citrus fruits, tomatoes, soy, shellfish,
eggs, wheat, and gluten.
Do not eat saturated fat or solid fats, such as shortening or margarine.
They interfere with the metabolism of essential fatty acids.
Stay away from inflammatory foods, especially sugar, spicy foods, dairy,
caffeine, and alcohol. Sugar and caffeine also contribute to anxiety and
stress, so you have an extra reason to avoid these substances.
Skin problems are usually a sign that the body is poisoned, perhaps from
allergenic substances, toxic foods, or emotional stress. The following
suggestions will help you release those poisons.
In cases of chronic eczema for adults, undertake a three-day juice fast
once a month to sweep away toxic build-up. Green drinks with barley,
spirulina, or blue-green algae detoxify the blood and are especially
supportive of eczema fast. Children over the age of five may use these
green drinks under the guidance of a nutrition-oriented doctor.
If you have an acute cause of eczema, you must avoid the offending
irritant. If the source of the irritation is not obvious, review the
possible triggers previously listed under "Causes of Acute Eczema" and
try to avoid or treat each one. Exercise will help relieve stress and
A little morning sunlight on your skin promotes healing, so take walks
early in the day. If you live in a warm climate, be careful. Don't let
your skin burn.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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