If you have an itchy red rash that doesn't seem to go away, you may have eczema. Although modern medicine doesn't know the cause of eczema, traditional medicine sees it as an expression of built-up wastes in the blood and liver. Cleansing your blood and liver may help relieve the symptoms of eczema. There is no conclusive clinical evidence that cleansing your liver will relieve eczema.
Eczema is an inflamed itchy skin rash tends to be a long-lasting condition and may go through cycles of occasionally subsiding and then flaring up again. The rash may secrete pus and may form patches of thickened scaly skin, often on legs and arms. According to the Mayoclinic.com, the cause of eczema is undetermined, but it may occur because of a malfunction in your immune system.
Traditions of holistic medicine see adult eczema as the result of built-up wastes, especially in the liver and blood. The cause of this build-up could come from a variety of sources. One cause cold be mental and emotional stress that drains energy and taxes the immune system. Eczema may occur along with varicose veins, after contact with harsh chemicals or metals, or due to allergies -- such as to foods including soy, wheat or eggs. Eczema in infants is usually attributed to allergies.
Eczema may occur because of built-up waste matter in the blood. The body then tries to excrete these wastes through the pores of the skin and the result is skin rash and inflammation. Since the liver is responsible for cleansing the blood, a build-up of wastes may indicate that the liver is not doing its job sufficiently. Cleansing the liver may help to refresh it so it can clear wastes more efficiently so they do not need to be releases through the skin.
Herbs for Eczema
Certain herbs may help cleanse the blood and liver and clear eczema. According to the book "The Yoga of Herbs," echinacea and golden seal cleanse the blood and lymphatic fluids of built-up wastes and may stimulate white blood cells for healing. Gotu kola, burdock root, marigold or neem may purify the blood and liver. Don't use neem or goldenseal when there is chronic weakness, fatigue, vertigo or emaciation. Don't use echinacea if you are anemic. Golden seal may be a potent antimicrobial, so avoid prolonged use and don't use more than 3 g per day. Avoid burdock root in the first trimester of pregnancy. Do not use marigold medicinally while pregnant. There is no conclusive clinical evidence to support using these herbs to treat eczema.
While liver cleansing may help relieve eczema to an extent, you may also want to reduce other factors that may exacerbate eczema. According to mayoclinic.com, these factors include very hot showers, stress, dry air, cigarette smoke, and letting manmade or woolen fabrics touch the affected area. Certain foods such as eggs, milk, fish, soy or wheat may be allergenic and exacerbate the eczema as well.
- "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies;" Norman Shealy MD, Ph.D.; 1998
- "The Yoga of Herbs;" David Frawley and Vasant Lad; 2001
- Mayo Clinic: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)