What Exactly is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin disorder that most often shows Pitta related symptoms (red, bleeding) but can also be Vata (dry, scaly, peeling, itchy) or Kapha (oozing, damp, itchy) related.
What Causes It?
Eczema comes from accumulation of toxins in the blood and is related to the liver. Eczema is caused by an imbalanced diet such as too much salty, sour, fried and pungent (hot) foods and alcohol. Other contributing factors include: too much sun exposure, heavy food with excess sweets and oils, sour dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, constipation and cosmetics. Eczema may also be aggravated by not chewing food thoroughly, eating too often, overeating in any one sitting, and eating less than 2 hours before sleeping, all of which lead to indigestion and the creation of toxins. Another important contributor is not digesting life and your emotions.
Why Not Use Hydrocortisone?
Hydrocortisone does not remove the cause but will often relieve the symptoms for only a period of time.
What About Probiotics?
They can be helpful but are not a solution to the problem. Make fresh buttermilk with organic (raw if possible) whole milk and have it 2-3 times a week. Have ½ cup at a time, not more. This works well for rejuvenating the natural flora of the digestive tract which will help you digest your food and not create toxins.
Why Does It Keep Coming Back?
The eczema will persist if one continues the aforementioned diet, eating habits and cosmetic use. Also if you are not dealing with life, as mentioned previously. It is important to make the connection between what you are doing in life and the results you are getting. The skin is an amazing organ of protection for the body, and it is a representation of what is happening in the digestive tract. By cleaning up your consumption and interaction with life, the skin will clear up.
Cosmetics are mostly toxic chemicals that the skin absorbs when applied. They block the natural processes of the skin to breathe and slough off. They are also absorbed into the the deeper layers of the skin so that the body has to deal with them as a toxin.
1. Aloe vera gel can be helpful for the pitta type eczema. Witch hazel or turmeric is helpful for kapha type eczema if it is moist. If you experience vata type eczema, make a tea from 2 tsp of licorice powder. Then add it to your bath and soak in it for 10-15 minutes.
2. General oiling of the body with sesame oil for a vata constitution, sunflower or coconut for a pitta constitution, and sunflower or sesame for a kapha constitution. This will help to rejuvenate the overall quality of the skin.
3. Learning to digest life from moment to moment, accepting others as they are, forgiving yourself and others, and taking responsibility for your own life will relieve stress in the mind and body more than anything else. The practices of Ayurveda and Yoga teach us how to do this day by day.
4. Ayurvedic herbs for cleansing the blood and rejuvenating the digestive tract will help the healing process along. Banyan Botanical’s Blood Cleanse and Triphala are excellent for this purpose. Or have Myra make a personal choorna from powdered herbs for your healing.
In general, keeping your digestive fire (agni) strong, eating primarily sattvic foods that bring balance and harmony, while eating according to your constitution will clear up the problems. If it is chronic you have spent a long time cultivating it. It will take a little while to clear it up, but not as long as you were cultivating it. Realize that skin problems such as eczema will often get a little worse before getting better as the toxins release.
Many people forget that all of these suggestions will lead to an increase in ojas: your vitality and immunity! Keep going with this new approach and you will be thrilled with the results!