Eczema has a tremendous tendency for inheritance from your parents. If one parent has eczema, hay fever, or asthma, there is a 50% chance that the child will have one of these disorders. Samuel Hahnemann, the Father of Homeopathy, recognized both the depth of the problem and inherited tendency of this disease. He described the condition within his “miasm” of Psora (named after the disease Scabies). This Psora tendency includes mental, emotional and physical patterns that are passed down from the parents.
Other common names for the disorder include atopic dermatitis, dyshydrosis, and allergic dermatitis. Evaluation and diagnosis by a physician is appropriate in all cases of Eczema. Similar skin disorders include psoriasis, dry skin of hypothyroidism, scabies, contact dermatitis (such as grasses, animals or dust etc.), impetigo, and fungal dermatoses.
In reality, Eczema is technically not truly a “Skin Disease”. Eczema is predominantly an Immune System Disorder characterized by over-reaction that has an allergic nature. Allergy at the lung system level is called asthma, and at the eye level is called allergic conjunctivitis, and at the skin level is called Eczema. Therefore, from a homeopathic perspective, while the symptoms being produced at the skin level are significant, one must consider the totality of the individual when choosing the direction of care.
Let’s consider the subject of allergies in general first. Allergic response is essentially an immune system driven over-reaction to an external substance (usually in the form of a protein, or other molecule, called an ‘antigen’) that comes into the body through the nose, mouth, skin, etc. Typical antigens related to eczema include dairy, wheat, tree pollen, pet dander, dust and mould.
Western Medicine looks at this disorder as an aberrant dysfunction of the immune mechanism. Treatment therefore primarily focuses on suppression of the immune response. The stronger the suppressing drug, the more effective it becomes. This approach includes topical steroids, oral antihistamines, topical anti-inflammatory drugs, and oral steroids. Whilst the drugs are being used the rash improves, but when the drugs are stopped, the Eczema returns. The hope is that the child will eventually “grow out” of the disease. Hope is important but not an effective treatment plan.
Homeopathic and Alternative medicines take an opposite approach. By stimulating the body to move into a more healthy state, the over-response of the Immune System may moderate and the Eczema should improve. The likelihood of improvement in eczema is fairly good because the body is relatively more capable moderating an over-responsive state, than it is at improving states that result from a deficient action.
More and more alternative health care professionals are taking a new look at Eczema these days and treating it from within rather than only at a superficial level. Treatment plans can include an immuno-supportive diet: removing processed and gluten containing foods, dairy, unsprouted grains and sugar, opting for a fresh whole food diet that includes foods that are rich in omega-3, foods that have anti-inflammatory properties; plenty of fresh vegetables, fibre and freshly juiced greens, Fermented foods and probiotics are also an important inclusion for an immuno–supportive diet.
Your home and work habitats can also be immuno-supportive or immuno-disruptive. Things such as carpet and air-conditioning can be very disruptive and irritating to a weakened immune system. I choose bare floors and rugs rather than carpet. Cotton clothing will be a lot kinder to your skin than synthetic fabrics; dogs, cats and birds inside the house may also trigger negative responses in your skin and immune system. Pets are a wonderful addition to your family, however animals, in my opinion, are best left outdoors in their own natural habitats whilst you concentrate on making your habitat supportive of your health.
The cleaning products you use around the home can also be taxing on the immune system. Most of these products contain harsh chemicals that are known to have a negative effect on human health. Reading the ingredients labels on products around the house and doing research through books like The Chemical Maze and online research on these additives will give you a very clear understanding of the hazards the immune system of the eczema body faces when exposed to these chemical additives.
The chemicals used in personal hygiene products can be very disruptive to the immune system. Choosing skin care and personal hygiene products that are free of these types of chemicals will also help support good immune system and skin health. These days there are many fantastic personal products on the market that are all natural and do work just as well if not better than chemically based products.
We have a world of information at out fingertips these days, so much more than what was available even 30 years ago all you have to do if go looking for it and integrate it to your lifestyle to support good skin health through a healthy immune system and a healthy gut.
Some of the above information was sourced from Dr. Todd A Hoover MD. http://toddhoovermd.com/articles/eczema.html
This blog is for information purposes only and is not intended as medical or professional advice. Always check with a doctor or health professional first before starting health programs. There is often the possibility of an underlying problem which caused your skin condition or may otherwise jeopardise your health if you start making too many changes too quickly without some professional support.
Your heath and wellness are most important. When it comes to the different techniques and information contained in this blog. Always use common sense and take responsibility for your own health. If you’ve had previous issues with some of the suggested options in this blog, you may want to avoid that technique or look for an alternative method.
If you are taking any medications, discuss with your doctor or health professional about how those medications will interact with dietary changes, supplements and skin care techniques discussed in this blog.
You are the only one who can decide whether the options put forward in this blog are right for you and your condition. The Author of this Blog has made every effort to put forward relevant and correct information regarding Her experience with chronic eczema. The Author shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any of the information contained in this blog. The reader assumes all risk for any injury, personal loss or illness as a result of the information and techniques discussed in this blog.