In my previous post, I covered how a Chinese medicine approach can be used to treat eczema. But before you jump in with herbs and acupuncture, it's important to make sure you do everything you can with diet and supplements to heal from the inside out.
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.
There are 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.
#2 – Probiotics
Flare-ups on the skin 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.
These good bacteria also engage with baby's immune system, helping it to maintain balance as your baby experiences new foods and environments. While a certain food may trigger a flareup of eczema, there's a good chance that the food is not the problem. Rather, the inner terrain of your baby's gut is out of balance.
Probiotics can help to restore balance.
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 me know in the comments!