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Natural Remedies for Eczema

Natural Remedies for Eczema - Holistic Squid Eczema can be frustrating and uncomfortable for everyone involved.  Kids have to deal with itchy patches of red, irritated, rough and even scaly or oozing skin. Parents have to cope with trying to figure out how to soothe their child’s discomfort and prevent it from getting worse or reoccurring.

From a western medical perspective, there is no cure for eczema and treatment usually involves topical steroid creams that- often ineffectively- suppress the skin inflammation.

Chinese Medicine, on the other hand, can identify the root cause of eczema and offers safe, natural, and effective treatment.

Eczema and Chinese Medicine

Medical research supports what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have known for centuries: TCM can alleviate breakouts and substantially reduce symptoms, and it’s a good alternative to conventional treatment in children.

According to an article on WebMD Health News, a study was done at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on 14 children suffering with eczema who were treated with herbal tea, herbal creams and acupuncture. Patients with severe symptoms saw improvements in as little as three months of treatments, and after 8 months, symptoms were reduced to very mild.

Results of a study conducted in Japan on adult patients has also yielded strong positive results for TCM and improvement in eczema symptoms.  87% of patients were symptom free after 3 to 4 months of treatment, and 12% were substantially improved.

Traditional Chinese Medicine identifies two general patterns of eczema in kids- indicating either excess or deficiency in your child’s body.  In both patterns, eczema results from damp heat smoldering in the skin, and this is usually caused in part by either weak or immature digestion and/or dietary imbalances.  Keep in mind that all children have relatively “weaker” digestion, and are therefore susceptible to conditions such as eczema.

TCM Treatments for Eczema

Eczema, like most skin conditions, is usually a reflection of an imbalance occurring INSIDE the body. This may be occurring evening if your child seems otherwise perfectly healthy.  Chinese medicine provides a solution for the root cause of the eczema as helping the itchy skin to clear up for good.

Your TCM practitioner can design a protocol that may include herbs, dietary adjustments, supplements, and acupuncture/acupressure to address your child’s specific condition.

Dietary Recommendations and Supplements

Eliminating foods that act as irritants to the body may help control eczema.  Dairy, wheat, and sugar are some foods that may be triggers, but there may be others.  Even mild levels of intolerance to foods can trigger flare-ups, so the effort food eliminations take can be very worthwhile.   Speak to your health practitioner for support on targeting the offending foods.

These two supplements that are often helpful for treating eczema and are a good place to start:

#1 – Fish oil - Among the many benefits of omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil is the ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body.  This mean less redness and itchiness for skin conditions including eczema.  Read more about the benefits of Omega 3′s here.

The optimal source is a non-heat treated cod liver oil will also provide essential vitamins A and D. Read more about the benefits of cod liver oil here.

#2 – Probiotics help reduce eczema flare-ups in many children.  Flare-ups on the skin usually reflect an imbalance inside… usually the digestive tract.  Probiotics populate the gut with “good bacteria” that can suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria which compromise the immune system’s ability to function.

The Eczema Cure For more comprehensive information on healing eczema, be sure to check out my ebook: The Eczema Cure. In this book I outline a 4-part action plan to resolve eczema from the inside out.


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  1. Marcie Mom says:

    Hi! My baby’s eczema is quite manageable now but I’m curious whether you or anyone has a child who has undergone TCM treatment? Would like to understand more, and whether, the rashes reappear after treatment.

    • admin says:

      Hi Marcie – Thanks for you question. Eczema is one of the most common conditions in my practice ranging from mild cases that resolve quickly to much more complicated cases that can take awhile to fully heal. Unlike conventional treatment with steroid creams, antibiotics, etc which suppress the condition and if used consistently can lead to further health issues such as allergies, asthma, and immune conditions, the TCM and holistic approach addresses the eczema from it’s root cause. Eczema almost always stems from an underlying digestive weakness, even if the child has no digestive symptoms. When we are able to restore balance to the child’s system, the eczema resolves and is much less likely to reoccur. What are you doing to manage your baby’s eczema?

  2. Eny says:

    I just found your website and I’m so glad I did. My 5 months old has eczema on her sides…..the outside of her arms and legs and upper body. None on her face (thank God) but a little behind her ears. I went off dairy for more than a month, but no improvement. I am trying gluteinfree diet now and will go off eggs too. I’m trying to eliminate everything that could bother her. She is exclusively breastfed. I started giving her Carlson’s CLO 4 days ago…no difference yet, but it might be too early to see results.
    Changed the detergent and doing double rinsing….btw, what kinda detergent would you suggest for me to use on her clothes?
    Putting california baby lotion on her skin and coconut oil every day.
    Nothing seems to help, it keeps getting worse and worse.

    Any advice would help, please give me a pointer at least where to go, what to do. We live in POrtland, OR it’s pretty dark and rainy during the winter, that doesn’t help either. Oh, and i’ve been givnig her probiotics too.
    Thank you for your help!

    • Emily says:

      Hi Eny – I’m so sorry I missed your comment/question. Hopefully you have found a solution to your daughter’s eczema. If not, I highly recommend checking out my ebook (recently added to the post above.)

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  7. lindsey says:

    Would this be useful in treating and managing seborrheic dermatitis as well? I am frustrated and tired of having to use strong and harsh anti-fungals to control my symptoms.

    • Emily says:

      Hi Lindsey – Yes. The Eczema Cure should really help your condition.

    • Maria says:

      I have seborrheic dermatitis as well. I have a severe case of it on my scalp, which drives me up the wall and on the side of my nose. I am 47 years old and I have been suffering from this condition since I was a teenager. After years of trying every shampoo out there to try to get it under control, I have found some natural methods that work well. Anybody with sebborheic dermatitis or scalp problems, is more than welcome to email me. I’d love to meet others who suffer from this condition as well. Just click on my name and come visit my blog!


  8. Katie says:

    I know I’m about two years late on commenting on this post, but I’ve just read your e-book and I want to start anew for treating my daughter’s eczema. I’d like to know how to find a reputable TCM practioner in my area (North Central Texas). Is there a reliable directory on an association’s webpage? Are there particular credentials I should look for? Thank you so much.

    • Emily says:

      Hi Katie – You can try acufinder.com for a general directory, and then call the practitioners to interview them to find the right fit. Also, if you still haven’t found anyone, email me [info at holisticsquid dot com] and I can tap into my holistic pediatric network to see if I can find you a more specific recommendation.

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  11. AthenaK. says:

    Hi! I recently came across your site, and book, doing a google search on eczema. I’ve had a feeling my son (22 months old) has a reaction to foods and we are trying an elimination diet because he’s had digestive issues (massive mushy stools with whole pieces of foods a few times a day) and possibly eczema. I say possible because according to everything I’ve read regarding eczema and pictures I’ve seen it usually is patches of red inflamed skin, he has never had that has a constant dry and very small bumps around his belly and chest (never red of inflamed skin). So my question to you is, is it possible to have a super mild case of eczema without the typical flare up that seem more severe? Thanks, I hope you can answer my question I’m looking forward to buying your book! (just can’t at this time)

  12. Anupreet Sandhu says:

    Can I get paper book of eczema cure, I am in Canada.


  13. rachel says:

    Hi Emily – My daughter is 6 months old – is the eczema ebook relevant to someone her age? her eczema just started a couple of weeks ago following her first cold and weather change (we also live in los angeles). she just started solid foods a few days ago (egg yolks the first three days and a beef bone broth starting today). she is 80% breast milk/20% formula (earth’s best). she was 100% breastmilk until 14 weeks. my father says he had eczema as a kid. i do not eat wheat/dairy/sugar for the most part (probably 90%), and so far the only treatment we’ve given her is putting either almond or olive oil on her skin 2-3 times a day. it’s a mild case so far, but i don’t want it to get worse. Would it also be worth making an appointment to see you or should we just start with the book? thank you!

    • Emily says:

      Hi Rachel, thanks for sharing and for your comment. Yes, The Eczema Cure is relevant for anyone of any age. I’d be happy to see you in the office.
      If cost is an issue, I’d start with the book and then come see me only if you need the extra support.

  14. Leah says:

    I ordered and read your book thoroughly in hopes of finding some guidance to help “cure” our son’s (11 months old) eczema. It was full of a lot of good information, but I am feeling kind of stuck as to where to even begin considering his age. I breast-feed him as well as feed him some table foods, so we would both need to go on the elimination diet if that is the best route. My questions for you…..Do you think the elimination diet for the two of us is a good place to start? (I noticed you suggested the GAPS diet in your book for infants with eczema, but I’m afraid that will be too much to start with for us.) Should I be giving him probiotics and FCLO– any links to reputable places to purchase these for babes his age? Should I be giving him any other supplements? I would say he has mild eczema, but when something triggers it (likely food), it itches!!! I’ve tried using coconut oil, olive oil, and Vitamin E oil and they somewhat make the itching/irritability worse. Any suggestions on any other natural things to try to help relieve the itch? Thanks in advance for your time. I really enjoy your blog!

  15. Stefanie says:

    My 14 month old son’s eczema was getting worse and I took him to an allergen specialist because I couldn’t determine any food allergies. Turns out he’s very allergic to cats…we have two. Any advice on how to handle eczema from environmental allergens?

    • Emily says:

      Hi Stefanie, thanks for the question. It’s always difficult when an allergen is a beloved pet. The best way to handle this is probably to ensure that the cats don’t come into contact with your son’s clothes or bedding. If you notice him touching or playing with the cats, make sure to wash his hands thoroughly after contact. The only way to completely remove the effects, though would be to remove the allergen from his environment.

  16. Anna Menchaca says:

    Try using coconut oil as a moisturizer/lotion. I put some on right out of the shower and before I go to bed.

  17. Tonia says:

    I had severe eczema on my hands when my son was born. I saw a naturopath who stated that eczema was often a liver dysfunction. She gave me rhus tox in liquid form that eliminated the symptoms (itch, weeping, cracked skin) in just a couple days. Dr. Kyle told me that it was perfectly safe to take while nursing my newborn son. The eczema returned after a couple weeks, but the rhus tox would clear it up in a few days. In time, my outbreaks became further and further apart until they went away completely after 30 months and 4 little bottles of rhus tox.

  18. dawn says:

    My husband gets red blotches on his skin but only during winter and when it is warm out and he can wear short sleeves it clears right up. Doctor told him it was eczema when he was younger. Is this eczema or something else?

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