Is Ayurvedic medicine good for eczema?

Eczema Warriors.

I would like to call people who bravely endure the battle with Eczema and all its symptoms Eczema warriors.

I see them as people who fight to get their normal life back no matter how weary and frustrating it can be to manage and address the symptoms brought about Eczema and looking for the "one" treatment, which will finally put an end to the itching.

We should be thankful that we are living in this information age where we have many platforms to exploit to learn about and look for the final treatment that can give us our win against skin disorders like Eczema.

For some who are looking beyond the usual treatments prescribed by their skin doctors be it because they are not seeing any results, or are having a hard time continuing the medications because of expenses or just because of personal preference, one of the more popular and controversial natural meant o address and treat Eczema symptoms can be Ayurvedic medicine.

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What are the natural ways to reduce eczema symptoms?

I've been there.  

Surprised to see angry-red, itchy skin patches on my neck, arms, and even on my eye area.  It was embarrassing to go out in public with these eczema flares front and center on my face.  The problem is, there were so many root causes.  


People think eczema is just one thing that happens on our skin.  But it is actually an umbrella term used to describe different types of skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, sometimes even acne and psoriasis.  


Eczema treatments are usually skin creams or topical ointments that treat the external symptom.  I, however, believe that in order to address these symptoms, you must manage more than just the itching of the skin and find, through a little research, the root cause so you can prevent any more eczema flares in the future.


Before any kind of remedy is used, looking for your triggers is essential in healing eczema. ...

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Why you need these 6 nutrients for healthy skin

A few episodes ago, Chris Masterjohn went on air on the Less Stressed Life podcast show to talk about Nutrients for Skin health.

What profoundly resonated with me was when he said: "What's going on your mouth is a window to the inside of your body."

As an integrative nutritionist, I strongly agree with this statement. It's not overly simple, but how we feel outside is a manifestation of what we feed our body and mind, so it makes sense to be very mindful of the things that we put in our bodies.

Chris talked about his journey to becoming a "vitamins and minerals geek" and touched on his experience with his skin manifesting the deficiencies his body went through. He talked about skin ailments that popped out with specific diets and how he addressed these with the right vitamins and minerals through extensive study as well as trial and error.

After experimenting with food, alcohol, and supplements he found out that these  are the six nutrients you need for healthy...

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How an integrative dermatologist treats eczema

Integrative Dermatology is relatively new in Western countries despite existing for thousands of years. This kind of dermatology complements existing medical practices with alternative healing modalities that make use of Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, and acupuncture, to name a few. 

An Integrative Dermatologist acknowledges the connection of all the organs, searches for imbalances found internally and externally as well as the behavior of a patient before treating a skin issue. Dr. Peter Lio, one of the more known practitioners, shared his experiences and expertise on how to heal Eczema in one of the episodes of The Less Stressed Life Podcast.  

Here are four ways integrative dermatology treats Eczema: 

therapist giving a woman cupping treatment which is a Traditional Chinese medicine protocol

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A combination of herbs, acupressure/acupuncture, movements like Tai chi, and diet. This kind of modality acknowledges and treats both the mind and body to heal ailments. One of the things you would also like to address...
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11 Reasons Why You Should Forget About What You Know About Probiotics

I had the chance to sit down and chat with Research Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan about Probiotics in this podcast episode of the Less Stressed Life show. 

It was such an insightful discussion on microbiomes, the role of bacteria in building our immune system and how different spore-based probiotics are from conventional probiotics and here are 11 reasons why you should forget about what you know about Probiotics. 


1. Humans are walking and talking rainforest of organisms. Our bodies allow thousands of different species to cohabit and work together to ensure that we are healthy as a whole.  

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2. Mom and baby connection is a very significant factor that influences how the immune system is built up.  The exposure of a baby to the "soup of life" or organisms found in the birth canal (and sometimes poop!) influence how strong our immune systems will be.  Colostrum which comes from mom's milk helps in...

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Root Causes of Eczema: bacterial imbalances

Eczema and skin rashes are not just one trigger, but often a “perfect storm” of many triggers. 
Today, let’s talk about bacterial overgrowths. 
Bacterial overgrowths are kind of like weeds in a lawn. There are many situations that allow weed overgrowth and too many of them shift your lawn (or microbiome) from looking lush and beautiful to looking, well, weedy. 
The same thing can happen as a root cause of eczema. Again, there are usually a few co-factors, like digestive inadequacies or the skin acting as an organ of elimination, but an overgrowth of “weeds” or opportunistic bacteria is a common root cause I see in practice. 
Let’s take the case of Eli: 

Case Study: Eli’s eczema flares
Eli’s eczema had an interesting pattern. A couple of days before he got common cold symptoms, his skin would start flaring. When we saw his stool test, there was no denying his eczema was...
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Eczema Podcasts Round Up

Podcasts are such a great way to gain new pearls about eczema for free. Here is a round up of some fabulous eczema podcast episodes: 

Integrative Dermatology for Eczema with Dr Peter Lio on The Less Stressed Life Podcast (published March 18, 2020) 

Addressing skin rashes like eczema in babies and young children with Jennifer Caryn Brand, MS, CNS on The Less Stressed Life Podcast (published March 25, 2020)

Nutrients for skin health with Chris Masterjohn on The Less Stressed Life Podcast (published April 1, 2020) 

Causes of eczema and Ayruvedic dermatology with Dr. Raja Sivamani, MD on The Less Stressed Life Podcast (published April 8, 2020) 

Candida and Fungal Overgrowth on The Less Stressed Life Podcast (published April 15, 2020) 

How Sulfur Can Trigger Skin Rashes on The Healthy Skin Show, episode 42 

Why You Shouldn't Use Coconut Oil on Your Skin with Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS episode 59 of The Less Stressed Life podcast (published April 24, 2019)


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