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Ayurvedic Remedies for Eczema

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author image Erica Roth
Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Eczema
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Overview

The Ayurvedic medicine system, called Ayurveda, is commonly known and used in Indian culture, yet in the Western part of the world, Ayurveda is thought of as complementary or alternative. Ayurvedic remedies take a holistic approach; the goal is to heal physical ailments through a delicate balance of the mind and body. Eczema is a skin disease that is characterized by red, itchy scales that leave your skin raw and irritated. The Ayurvedic term for eczema is Vicharchika. Ayurvedic remedies for eczema include herbal supplements, diet adjustments and topical agents to moisturize your dry skin.

Purifying the Blood

Ayurvedic tradition believes that eczema is deeply set into your body, according to Disabled World. With your basic constitution in mind, purifying your blood is one way in which Ayurveda begins to treat eczema from the inside out. One method to release toxins from your body and to improve your circulatory health is called Swedana, or, simply sweating. Swedana can be performed through sessions in a sauna, the topical application of herbs that elevate your body temperature, such as mustard, or through wearing heavy layers of clothing and blankets. HolisticOnline cautions eczema sufferers to consult their physicians before submitting to Swedana; pregnant women and people who experience frequent nausea or dizziness should not undergo sweat treatments. Other ways to purify the blood to treat eczema include blood-letting and enema treatments.

Topical Treatments

Conventional medicine and the Ayurvedic tradition converge in several respects, one of which is the general remedy of moisturizing dry, irritated skin. The contents of the moisturizing agent differ, however. Ayurvedic herbs such as karanja seeds, banyan tree peel poultices and massage treatment with a variety of oils, including sesame, almond, olive, linseed and ghee are thought to be beneficial, according to the Ayushveda Health and Lifestyle Portal resource, as they reduce inflammation of your skin and act as an emollient. Turmeric and mahamarichyadi taila pastes may also minimize the discomfort of eczema. Herbal remedies, like conventional topical medications, do not agree with everyone. Speak to your doctor or herbalist to find out which topical treatment is most appropriate for your form of eczema.

Diet

Eczema flare-ups can be provoked by food allergies, in which case an elimination diet can help you determine what food triggers you should avoid. Ayurvedic remedies go a bit further and restrict your diet even further, according to Ayushveda Health and Lifestyle Portal and AyurvedicCure. For reasons that are unclear, anecdotal evidence suggests that tomato, carrot and spinach juices may be useful in clearing eczema--perhaps because they are high in antioxidant vitamins--but that foods such as radishes, cucumbers, ginger and onions aggravate the condition. Dietary supplements are also part of Ayurvedic remedies for the skin condition, and include the Indian herbs Chaturmukha rasa, Khadirarishta and neem.

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