The word eczema comes from Greek and means ‘boiling over’. This is an inflammation of the skin and is known medically as dermatitis which is normally used to describe a reaction to an irritant that you come into contact with. Whereas eczema is used to describe skin problems caused by factors within the body. The itching can be so severe that the person can scratch until they bleed.
Girls recover from 7-14 and boys 8-16 years of age. Almost 50% of cases go onto develop asthma and or hay fever. One fifth of all children in the UK and a twelfth of all adults have skin problems. When children have eczema it’s very distressing for the parents with a child been unable to sleep with the irritation, itching or inflammation. Here are some natural cures for eczema for some welcome relief.
The introduction of cow’s milk is thought to be one of the triggers so switch to goats milk if you feel it is. Goat’s milk is closer biochemically to human milk and try and buy the organic variety. Some practitioners advise to completely eliminate dairy products as they may be an allergen triggering the condition. Having what is termed a leaky gut can also cause small particles of food material to enter the blood stream causing allergic responses.
White blood cells from patients with eczema show decreased levels of prostaglandins, increased histamine release and a decreased ability to kill bacteria. Interestingly when the condition improves so does the immune system.
Crucial to the relief and treatment of eczema, asthma and hay fever is the supplementation of the diet with food state magnesium. This mineral has a massive role to play in the biochemistry of allergies. When high levels of magnesium are present, you have high levels of histadine in your blood stream. Low levels of magnesium can lead to a situation where histadine transforms into its more widely known sister histamine and induces an allergic reaction.
Over 70% of the people who have eczema also have asthma. This is not surprising to practitioners of Chinese Medicine as they have known for thousands of years that the health of the lungs and skin is linked. Bad health in one will lead to bad health in the other.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids are critical in the production of prostaglandins. In the body prostaglandins help regulate fat metabolism, inflammatory response, hormones, as well as the cardiovascular, immune and central nervous systems. To restore the proper Omega-6 / Omega-3 balance, nutritionists recommend dietary supplementation of Omega-3 rich flax oil. Try an add evening primrose oil to your diet as it contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid hard to get in the diet that helps hair, skin and nails look healthy.
Burdock Root & Chamomile
Burdock root has a long traditional and scientific role in the treatment of eczema due to its primary active – inulin. This compound normalises the inflammatory mechanism and immune system with these people. Chamomile contains an anti-inflammatory compound called azulene, drinking the tea can have a beneficial affect for both your skin and nervous system. Some herbs have shown effects superior to cortisone creams one of which is liquorice. So creams made with the herb from the health store as natural as possible may also help.
Grandma Vines Cider Vinegar Antiseptic Gel
This gel is a natural product whose main ingredient is organic cider vinegar. The company has received hundreds of written testimonials from sufferers who have been amazed by its affects. Especially the relief of the dreaded itch despite years of using prescribed medicated creams to little or no avail. My hope is that the gel will give both children and their parents some relief. One of the ways that it might be working with dermatitis is because alpha hydroxy acids work mainly as an exfoliant.
They cause the cells of the epidermis to become "unglued" allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin. Alpha hydroxy acids may even stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Cider vinegar will help restore the proper acid/alkaline balance of the skin and kill bacteria that clog the pores. In all my years writing on natural health I have never seen a product like this both in its naturalness and effectiveness. Some people report that the product heals them within a matter of hours and they have been able to throw their other creams away.
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