Natural Remedies for Eczema

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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. It offers safe, natural, and effective remedies for eczema.

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.

Natural Remedies for 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 even if your child seems otherwise perfectly healthy.  Chinese medicine provides a solution for the root cause of the eczema, 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 are usually helpful as remedies for 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.

Natural Remedies for Eczema - 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.

What natural remedies for eczema have helped you or your family? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. 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. 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!

    • 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.)

  3. 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.

    • 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!


  4. 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.

    • says

      Hi Katie – You can try 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.

  5. 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)

  6. 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!

    • 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

    • 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. Najra says

    My son is 1 and has really bad eczema on his face he had to be hospitalized once because it got infected it was really bad we have tried so many diffrent creams and medicine and changed his laundry degrent,.been to so many doctors but nothing seem to be helping it keeps coming back and getting infected :/., I would love to know if there is anything else we can do to help him it’s so stressful to see your baby in pain

    • says

      Hi Najra – Thanks for your comment. It’s hard to say since each case very unique, but I will say that it tends to be easier to treat in children. If you’re looking to treat his eczema from the inside out, I would highly recommend reading my ebook (listed in the post above). Thanks!

  13. Maggie says

    Hi, I’m very interested in your book but I have a question. How long does the process take? How long before you would typically see a child’s skin start to clear up?

    • says

      Hi Maggie – Thanks for your comment. It’s hard to say since each case is unique, but I will say that it tends to be easier to treat in children.

  14. Ridhima says

    Hi Emily,

    Its very intriguing to go through everyones comments here.
    I have been suffering from severe Atopic Eczema for 20 years now. I am 25 years old & it started mildly when i was a kid.
    Have been to at least a thousand doctors & tried every possible medicine but Nothing Worked for me.
    Also to add to the misery when i was 11 or 12 a Homeopath Doctor possibly prescribed me steroids in the homeopath medicine. So when i used to take the medicine the eczema would be fine & when i stopped it, the flare ups were even more worse & much more in number.

    I have these flare ups & scars all over my body. Though i along with my parents have tried every possible medication but still i have strong belief that there must be something in this world that can help me with my eczema.

    I am still looking for that something. I belong to India. If we can discuss this further & the treatment is really effective i will not mind traveling to where ever you are located.

    Btw, Of my diet i have realized that i am allergic to Fish, Eggs, Chocolates & Some Nuts.

    Signing off on a really bright hope! Eagerly Awaiting your reply

    Thank you!!

  15. Joni says

    Both my kids have eczema and I’ve tried so many medications, creams, lotions, baths, etc. Nothing helps. The eczema comes and goes as it likes; no correlation with what I do/try. Their skin always feels so dry, rough, and bumpy–so sad for little babies/toddlers when they should have soft supple skin! I tried the Citrus Clear Skin Repair Moisturizer – This works for my kids!! (I understand every individual with eczema has varying degrees and types, so different treatments/lotions works differently on everyone–but Citrus Clear may be the one that helps your skin/child’s skin!)

    For the first time in their lives, their skin feels “normal”–actually soft! With this Citrus Clear Repair Moisturizer, their skin feels as close to normal as I think it possibly can. Even Eucerin cream and Vasoline doesn’t make their skin feel this normal.

  16. Doug says

    I am 58 years old and didn’t experience eczema till my 40’s. I acquired HIV when I turned 50, Whereupon my eczema has become intractable. I became addicted to topical steroids and was hospitalized with an excruciating withdrawal, I moved from Los Angeles to Florida where I saw about a 20 percent improvement. I swim about thirty minutes a day in the ocean, The salt water stings for the first fifteen minutes but I feel a calming sensation for a couple hours afterwards. I believe the humidity and salt water knocks down the symptoms but I am still experiencing intractable itching 24/7.
    I was reading a book that stating that night shade plants such as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants promote inflammation and should be eliminated from the diet of psoriasis sufferers. Do you believe that patients suffering from Eczema would benefit from night shades as well?

  17. says

    Hi there,

    I like the idea of natural remedies for eczema. My wife is had eczema since she was a little girl and has suffered from it up until a few years ago. I do have to admit she does get the occasional itchy attack, but compared to what it was those little outbreaks are insignificant.

    Like most eczema sufferers we did an enormous amount of research and also tried many things. Unfortunately fish oil was not an option because of her allergies. She is allergic to many nuts, seafood, and chemicals. It made it very difficult to figure out remedies or her situation. Steroids were always a last resort, but they always seem to work temporarily.

    As far as Chinese medicine, the doctor gave her these little round black pills that she was to take every day. I’m not sure exactly what they were, but they didn’t seem to have very much effect.

    Since then we discovered that much of her eczema related flare ups are due to emotional stress. We documented a lot of our research as well as other people’s successes in a newsletter. We would love to share your story if you would allow it. Shoot me an email with your contact information if you will. I’d like to talk about your book, “The Eczema Cure” and see if it would be something my audience would benefit from.

  18. MW says

    Hi there! I’m curious if you have ever come across someone with eczema ONLY on their lower eyelids? My 6 year old has had mild to moderate red lower eyelids for about 6 months. It showed up out of nowhere in June and was at first diagnosed as being from seasonal allergies (which I didn’t buy), now in January (in Michigan) it’s clearly not seasonal allergies, so now doc is saying it is eczema. I’m still not buying it. It doesn’t bother him at all, and he has NO other irritation anywhere. It seems odd that it would only manifest on his lower lids. Do you have any thoughts?? I am currently cutting out his dairy intake to see if that improves it, but it has tended to wax and wane, so I’m having a hard time figuring out if it’s truly improving. How long would it take to tell if a food elimination is working/helping? Oh, I should add we eat a primarily natural, organic, unprocessed diet, he takes Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil regularly and probiotics and yogurt on occasion as well. I have kombucha brewing now so I will soon be adding that in too! We also use Eath Mama Angel Baby wash/shampoo and Ecowise free and clear detergent…so low/no irritants there either! I’m baffled!! Oh and he was on antibiotics only once and it was as an infant over 5 years ago! Please share your thoughts!

    • says

      Hi there, thank you for your comment. Without being able to do an in depth consultation, I can’t say. Eczema can be localized sometimes. See if you can find a holistic practitioner near you or we could do a consultation. Hope that helps!

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