Eczema is a skin condition marked by itchy, red areas of the skin that can ooze. It is linked to allergies and usually comes and goes in a cycle of flare-ups and remission. Several natural treatments can ease symptoms and help prevent flare-ups. An optimal natural treatment strategy will combine a number of natural therapies used in conjunction with one another to address all aspects of your health and not just symptoms.
Using Natural Supplements for Symptom Relief and Prevention
Consider using natural supplements that can relieve symptoms and reduce the incidence of flare-ups. It may take at least eight weeks to notice benefit so you need to be patient and be consistent with your regimen. You do not need to take every supplement listed, as some offer similar benefits. An experienced practitioner can help you design a supplement regimen.
Omega-3 fatty acids (two capsules of fish oil twice daily), resveratrol (50 to 200 mg daily), green tea (500 mg daily) and cat’s claw (20 mg three times a day) can combat inflammation.
Vitamin C (1,000 mg one to three times daily), L-glutamine (500 to 1,000 mg three times daily), olive leaf extract (500 mg three times a day) and probiotics (take chosen supplement as directed) all promote healthy immune function.
Black currant oil (500 mg twice a day) and evening primrose oil are rich in fatty acids that promote general skin health. Talk to an experienced health care provider about an appropriate dosage of evening primrose oil; doses up to 8,000 mg daily are safe and the appropriate dosage will depend on the severity of your condition.
Eating to Strengthen Immunity and Ease Inflammation
The foods you eat can play a major role in conditions like eczema. Certain foods can promote inflammation and weaken your immunity.
Consider getting tested for food allergies. Allergies and sensitivities are not always obvious and if you are eating foods that are producing a negative immune response, this can worsen eczema. The following foods commonly cause allergies or sensitivities: wheat, dairy, soy, citrus and corn.
Reduce inflammation by reducing or eliminating your intake of saturated fats found in animal products, white flour foods and white sugar. Increase your intake of foods that inhibit the release of inflammatory chemicals like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, cold-water fish, soy and beans. Of course, wheat and soy are not appropriate if you have an allergy or sensitivity.
Reducing Anxiety and Stress
Negative emotions like stress and anxiety flood the body with chemicals that interfere with normal immune function. Taking part in activities that reduce stress and anxiety can positively impact your condition. Exercise regularly and experiment with relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing, tai chi and positive visualization. Find what works for you and make a commitment to do it on a regular basis.