Eczema is a painful, often itchy skin inflammation that leads to scaling, flaking, thickening, and colour changes. Often, eczema results sensitivities (e.g. to light). It can also be caused by allergies and/or contact with perfumes, cosmetics, rubber, medicated creams and ointments, plants such as poison ivy, metals, or metal alloys (e.g. gold, silver, and nickel found in jewellery and zips). When left untreated, eczema can spread and become more severe.
Stress, especially chronic tension, can cause or exacerbate eczema, as can a fungal infection like candida or aspergillus. Atopic eczema is a hereditary form of the condition, which usually emerges in infancy. It typically appears on the face, in the bends of the elbows, and behind the knees. Often, family members have a history of allergies or asthma.
At the Centre for Integrated Health, we investigate and identify the root causes that are triggering eczema symptoms. These root causes could include: mental stress, emotional issues, parasite influence, fungal influence, environmental irritants, nutritional deficiencies, and food intolerances.
Our treatment methods typically include topical applications of natural oils, gels and creams. These replace harsh steroids, which seek only to suppress the symptoms; not deal with the root cause. We also develop customized nutritional and other programmes of care.
Mr. “S”, a 29 year old man, developed eczema five years ago. It was localized to one finger, but became progressively worse. His condition was aggravated by water, wind, warmth and chemicals. He suffered dry, itchy and stiff skin on the hands and spots (vesicles) under the skin, would “weep” and discharge.
We performed a food screening with BEST, and discovered that Mr. S had sensitivity to dairy, yeast, wheat, caffeine citrus and alcohol. A vitamin and mineral screening showed deficiencies in acidophilus, zinc and essential fatty acids. We developed a customized programme that helped Mr. S avoid “trigger” foods, and supplement his mineral and nutritional weaknesses.
Within a week, Mr. S. stated that he started to feel better; and though the symptoms seemed to worsen, it was temporary, as they began improving again. Today, Mr. S’s skin is now far less weepy, has smaller spots, is less itchy, and continues to improve!
Eczema is a debilitating and rather frightening condition. In our experience, it can have a number of causes. As with most health conditions, if you can find the root cause, something can usually be done! Contact us for a consultation on how our screening and natural treatment methods can help you experience swift, and lasting, relief.
There follows a list of products that clients have enjoyed success with. For personalised advice, please email or call 01730 233 414.
Acidophilus is renowned to be of use for the balance of good and bad
bacteria in the bowel. It can be used to return the intestinal flora to
normal, healthy levels (natural flora levels may be affected by fungus
or antibiotics). Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum
form part of the body’s normal micro-flora and encourage a healthy
intestinal environment, promoting proper digestion and immune
function and supporting the body’s natural defences against infection,
inflammation, and disease.
The addition of FOS (fructooligosaccharides - short chain fatty acids),
which act as fuel for the growth and maintenance of beneficial gut
flora, makes this formula especially useful in cases of dysbiosis due to
pathogentic bacteria, fungal overgrowth, or following antibiotic use.
FOS have been shown to help improve calcium and magnesium
absorption, balance gut Ph, improve lipid profiles, and strengthen the
MSM is a naturally occurring, easily-absorbed, source of dietary
sulphur, without the distinctive smell normally associated with
Sulphur has long been known to help maintain the condition of
skin, hair, and nails. It is a key component of chondroitin sulphate, an
essential building block for the connective tissues, such as blood vessels,
eyes, and cartilage, which acts as shock absorbers in the joints. Sulphur
maintains flexibility and elasticity in the soft tissues and is a precursor to
glucosamine, which helps to rebuild cartilage and ligament tissue.
Sulphur is needed for proper liver function and is essential for
the production of glutathione, an important detoxifiying enzyme.
Sulphur supports the detoxification and elimination of heavy metals
from the body. Sulphur is required for hormone synthesis and enzyme
production, and has a healing influence on the mucous membranes
lining the gastro-intestinal tract. It also alkalises the body, helping keep
the immune system strong.
Paragon is a broad spectrum parasite cleansing programme. This is a
potent formulation of 10 herbs including black walnut, cloves, thyme,
peppermint, and wormwood, which are considered to support in the
elimination of a wide range of parasites.
Cramp bark aids in elimination
and expulsion of parasites due to its muscle relaxing properties. This
potent and unique preparation is essential for anyone who has been
outside of their normal environment, is suffering symptoms of parasites;
or anyone on detox.
For cleansing the lymph and liver. Milk thistle, boldo and yellow dock all
stimulate liver function and aid in elimination of toxins. Yellow dock
also helps with congestive states in the digestive system and acts as a
Galium and marigold cleanse and tone the lymphatic
system by mobilizing toxins from the body with tonic and diuretic
actions. In addition marigold is a wide spectrum antimicrobial. Sweet
violet and nettle both have persistent but gentle cleansing actions. Nettle
is a useful tonic cleanser.