In this guest post by Dr. Gayle Randall, discover the importance of holistic medicine for eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, and may even develop blisters that cause itching and bleeding. While the condition sometimes results from a reaction to irritation (eczematous dermatitis), there is typically more than just an external factor causing the problem.
Like eczema, psoriasis is also a long-lasting autoimmune disease. It’s characterized by raised abnormal skin areas which are often red, itchy, and scaly. Symptoms can vary in severity from small localized patches to patches that cover the entire body.
Both of these conditions can be very disabling and embarrassing for patients. To heal the skin, many people try all kinds of topicals – including steroids. If all else fails, they may even turn to oral steroids or immunomodulators like biologics, especially for psoriasis.
Interestingly, the medical definition for eczema says, “Having no external cause.” What I have found in my practice, however, is that Integrative treatment is best. This means using western medicine to help get the rash under control and then digging down deep for the root cause of the problem.
When working with patients, I have had the best results with examining the internal (gut) causes for inflammation, leaky gut, and food allergies. Getting an RNA microbiome test allows us to examine all components of the gut and see whether inflammation is present. We often find a disturbed microbiome with increased numbers of “bad” bacteria or pathogens. These include autoimmune triggering bacteria such as Prevotella and Klebsiella. At times, we’ll find natural antimicrobial agents like berberine, gentian, and black walnut (for parasites). If yeast is present, we also find barberry and undecylenic acid.
We also test for food allergies through the blood IgE and IgM. If a food or spice is IgE positive, you must always avoid it. If IgM Positive, you must avoid consuming that food or spice for three months as you allow the gut to heal. Getting rid of bad bacteria and pathogens and instead, soothing the gut with glutamine, marshmallow root, and slippery elm, can truly help heal your body from the inside out.
Other really important factors to heal skin conditions from within include having a good attitude, releasing negative energy, and healing traumatic vibrations through meditation and prayer. Changing eating habits by consuming mostly plant-based, organic, and low-refined carbohydrates also helps. Understanding the body’s relationship with food can truly make a difference. For example, refined carbs are what make the pathogens grow. By removing this from your diet, you may start to see a positive change in your skin.
Finally, Chinese medicine says that skin rashes are about anger. My final advice to you: let it go!
By focusing on healing the gut, relaxing the mind, and managing emotions through holistic medicine for eczema, you will be able to heal the skin from the inside out.