Do you suffer from mild or moderate eczema and just cannot find relief with conventional eczema treatments? Then perhaps you should consider looking into alternative medicine for eczema. This week, we share six holistic eczema treatments that can help provide relief via natural means.
Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
1. Traditional Chinese Medicine
Have you tried various medications or steroids for your eczema, but you can’t seem to find relief? A great alternative to these non-natural and often abrasive treatments is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Most often this type of treatment involves customized herbal teas made by a practitioner to address specific ailments for an individual. Many eczema sufferers have found relief in Chinese medicine, such as Sophia Ruan Gushée who managed to control her baby’s eczema through herbal medicine instead of steroid treatments.
Read her story here: Why I Tried Herbal Medicine for Eczema
Here is another story from mother, Selena of Amazing & Atopic, who is working with the infamous Dr. Xiu-Min Li of Mt Sinai Hospital to heal her daughter of all atopic conditions. Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat Food Allergies, Eczema & Asthma.
To get started with Traditional Chinese Medicine, find a practitioner in your area. Curious as to what to expect during your first visit? Read about it in this post.
Aside from working with a TCM practitioner, you can try natural skincare that features traditional Chinese herbs such as this Emily’s Skin Soothers for Itchy Eczema or this Little Itchy Red Rash Treatment from Zi Zai Dermatology.
For more natural treatments that use Traditional Chinese Medicine, make sure to check out these holistic eczema treatments.
2. Acupuncture & Acupressure
Another holistic treatment that has been effective for many eczema sufferers is acupuncture (inserting paper thin needles to specific points on the body) and acupressure (applying pressure to similar points). Both treatments help blood flow more harmoniously and can help alleviate eczema symptoms without the need for medication. This type of treatment is also quite well known for its ability to stop pain and itching. In fact, it’s fairly easy to treat yourself for itching in your own home using these acupressure for eczema techniques.
For more information, make sure to check out our blog post: Learn About Using Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture For Eczema Treatment.
Another great alternative to healing eczema is naturopathy. Naturopathy consists of practices that are non-invasive and promote self-healing, while finding the root cause of an illness or condition.
Many eczema sufferers have found relief by visiting a naturopath and adopting a more natural healing approach like changing their diet, adopting sublingual immunotherapy, food sensitivity tests and more.
To get a better of how naturopathy can help your eczema, check out our blog post: Naturopathic Approach to Allergies, Asthma and Eczema in Kids.
If you haven’t visited a naturopath or plan to shortly, you can always check out some natural ways to start healing your eczema today. Both our blog posts: 5 Tips for Healing Eczema Naturally and 5 Tips of Eczema Itch are a great start to discovering natural treatments to help relieve your eczema.
Have you tried homeopathy for eczema? Similar to naturopathy, this type of medicine looks at the whole body and is unique to each individual. A homeopath prescribes sublingual granules or tinctures to provide relief for illnesses and conditions like eczema and can prescribe stronger versions in attempt to reverse illness completely.
To get started with this approach, it is always best to see a homeopathic practitioner that will help choose the best homeopathic approach for you. Remember – everyone is different, so one homeopathic treatment will most likely always differ from the other. However, there are a few pre-made tinctures that our editor and founder, Jennifer Roberge, found worked well for her son’s eczema, which you can read about here.
For more information on homeopathy, check: Homeopathy for Eczema: What is It and How Does it Work?
Have you ever heard of NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques)? This alternative treatment is a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to alleviate allergies and sensitivities that can cause eczema. The techniques use a blend of several holistic techniques such as kinesiology, chiropractic therapies, acupuncture/acupressure, nutrition and more. Many people who suffer from eczema tend to swear by it. Another similar treatment is Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT), which you can read more about here. Both methods test for “allergies” that may be triggering eczema using muscle testing, which detects weaknesses in your body when touching the potential allergen. Treatment involves holding the allergen and applying pressure to various points over your body.
Keep in mind it can take many, many sessions over a course of months before you start to see results. That being said, this treatment can be quite expensive and time-consuming.
Another holistic eczema treatment that many eczema sufferers find results with is Reiki, a holistic and spiritual treatment originating in 1920s Japan. Reiki involves tapping into the energy of the universe while using the hands as a conduit to provide a deeper level of spiritual healing, to balance the body mentally, physically and emotionally.
For more information on Reiki, make sure to check out our blog post: What is Reiki & Can It Help Eczema?
Ayurveda is another ancient form of healing that has helped many eczema sufferers. Ayurveda, which literally means the science of life Ayur = Life, Veda = Science, is a medicinal system from India which combines both philosophy and medicine. Ayurveda is a unique branch of medicine and a complete naturalistic system, which embodies mind-body medicine.
To discover more about Ayurveda healing and if it’s the right treatment for your eczema, make sure to check out our blog post: Your Guide to Using Ayurveda for Eczema.
Although there are many holistic eczema treatments out there that have been known to work quite well for many suffering with eczema, it’s important to remember that each person reacts differently to these types of treatments. Just because it works wonders for one person, doesn’t mean it will provide immediate results for you. As always, it’s important to keep in mind that treating skin conditions and illnesses take time.
Regardless, whichever treatment you choose, remember to keep your doctor updated on any changes or issues. Also, if you experience negative side effects, make sure to seek medical advice immediately.
If you’ve tried these methods and are looking for further help, consider working with a practitioner to undergo an elimination diet to help you identify which foods might be causing your eczema to trigger. Check out our blog post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!) to get started on healing from within today.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.