Alternative Eczema Cures –
Are They An Alternative?
More and more people are looking into
alternative therapies to cure their eczema and
particularly if they have tried orthodox
treatments and had no success. There have been
some studies to find out why people are
considering alternative therapies. The most
popular reasons are:
- The ineffectiveness of orthodox
- The undesirable side-effects produced
by orthodox treatments
- The poor communication and
relationship with their doctor.
Unlike orthodox treatments, some alternative
therapies actually claim to cure eczema.
However, the scientific evidence for these
cures is mostly anecdotal and isn't accepted by
orthodox medical researchers. Let's review some
of the possible alternative therapies.
Chinese herbal medicine is a very old tradition which is
used alongside modern medical treatments in China. Chinese
herbal medicine is one part of Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM) which is based upon a completely different view of health
to modern medicine. TCM considers disease to be an imbalance in
the energy system of the body. The goal of TCM is to restore
The treatments of Chinese herbal medicine take the form of
mixtures of herbs administered in the form of dried herbs which
are boiled to make a tea, freeze dried powdered herbs which can
just be mixed with hot water or various kinds of tablets and
In the case of Chinese herbs, considerable research has been
undertaken which has shown positive results for Chinese herbs
in treating eczema. Symptoms such as itching, redness and
inflammation and quality of sleep all improved.
One study by Dr. David Atherton, a dermatologist at Great
Ormond Street Hospital in the UK found that his eczema patients
improved dramatically with Chinese herbs whereas they had not
responded to orthodox treatment.
As with most alternative therapies, the Chinese herbal
prescription is based upon a full consultation and may be
different for each patient. For this reason, it's important to
consult a qualified Chinese herbal medicine practitioner.
Chinese herbs are easy and safe to take. However, as with any
treatment, some individuals may have a bad reaction to
particular herbs. If this occurs, you should stop taking them
and consult your practitioner.
Recent research has shown that homeopathy is particularly
effective in treating skin conditions and allergies. As well as
the symptoms of eczema improving, the patients also felt better
psychologically. In one study the improvement of symptoms was
marked and lasted for up to eight years.
Homeopathic prescriptions are specific for each individual
case and consist of highly diluted substances (made from plant,
mineral and animal sources). The remedy is said to stimulate
the body's own natural healing system. Because homeopathic
remedies are so dilute, they are very safe to take and are
normally given as tablets, granules, powders or in liquid form.
Babies and children are normally very responsive to homeopathic
Choosing the correct remedy for any individual is the art of
homeopathy and requires great skill. For a chronic skin
condition you should always consult a qualified homeopathic
The purpose of hypnotherapy is to induce an altered state of
deep relaxation which allows communication with the unconscious
mind in order to make changes in unwanted emotions and habits.
Hypnosis has been found very helpful in the treatment of eczema
since it can help to manage stress and to stop habits like
scratching which aggravate the eczema.
Stress is a known trigger for eczema. Since the eczema
itself is a stressful condition, a vicious cycle is formed.
Research has found that hypnotherapy can also help to manage
pain and discomfort and to promote restful sleep. Hypnotherapy
can help to manage negative emotions such as fear, anxiety,
lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
I hope this short introduction to possible alternative
eczema cures has opened your eyes to some of the possibilities.
I've covered the therapies which have had the most research
done into them. Of course, there are many other alternative
therapies which you may find helpful such as reflexology,
aromatherapy, nutritional supplements and various dietary
As well as controlling eczema symptoms, alternative
therapies are well known for their benefits in helping you to
have a greater sense of well-being and to improve your health
in general rather than just to remove symptoms.