What should you know about Eczema – By Klaus Ferlow
Eczema is besides acne and psoriasis one of the leading skin disease and is a non-contagious skin condition that can be present in several different forms, but most common forms include:
- atopic (an inherited type in children)
- contact (caused by a chemical irritant)
- seborrheic (effects the scalp, face and torso)
- dyshidrotic (blisters on hand and feet)
Eczema generally causes inflammation resulting in scaly patches of red, cracked and painful skin. Over time the microscopic cracks and fissures can allow bacteria, viruses, and fungi into the skin to set up a secondary infection. The severity of this disease can vary; in mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy. More severe forms involve weeping blisters where the skin becomes broken, raw, bleeding and crusty.
Some contributory factors include:
Genetics, emotional stress, dietary insufficiency of omega fatty acids and exposure to harsh chemical products or chlorinated water.
Avoid harsh chemicals; try adding omega fatty acid supplements to your diet and Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt to bathwater.
You should consult a certified Nutritionist about a diet change and might want to detoxify your body for example with Milk Thistle tablets, capsules, gel caps or tincture.
Neem (Azadirachta indica), part of Ayurveda, the oldest botanicals medicine system in the world with over 5000 years history from India, has been found effective in the treatment of eczema. The condition can be treated topically with Neem cream, shampoo, soap, and systemically in adults with neem tincture, tea or capsules. Best results are achieved when eczema is treated at the same time internally and externally!
For the treatment of adult eczema, it is best to first use the neem oil on the affected area for a few days, followed by the neem cream to relieve the intense itching and redness. Wash the affected area with neem soap, on the scalp with neem shampoo. In severe cases adults can supplement by drinking neem leaf tea twice a daily or taking a course of neem capsules as directed. For extra topical relief, grind neem leaves and turmeric together with a mortar and pestle and apply topically to the rash. Neem leaves can also be used in the bath water of both adults and children to relieve itching. Infants and young children may have their skin washed with a mild neem baby soap as directed.
Words of Wisdom:
“Health is not everything but without health everything is nothing.” – Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC, PhD., clinical nutritionist, 1908 – 2001
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Klaus Ferlow, Master Herbalist (HMH) & Herbal Advocate, (HA), author, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder of Ferlow Botanicals, Vancouver, B.C. and Neem Research, Mission, B.C., member of the Health Action Network Society, Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC., National Health Federation, International Herb Association, Plant Savers, Neem Foundation, Mumbai, India, co-author of the book “7 Steps to Dental Health.”, author of the book “Neem – Nature’s Healing Gift to Humanity,” www.neemresearch.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is offered for its educational value and should not be used in the diagnoses, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease, please contact your health care provider.