We all are aware that the origin of Ayurveda, a form of traditional medicine which has been around for thousands of years lies in our very own motherland India. This traditional form has a holistic approach for treating various issues related to our health and skin disorders, including Eczema. Ayurveda can be said to be a way of healing health problems by balancing the body, mind and spirit of an individual.
According to Ayurveda, every individual has three energies, to be specific termed as doshas namely vata, pitta and kapha energies. Each of these doshas controls certain bodily functions. Ayurveda medicine believes that in order to maintain good health, all the three doshas must be in a balance.
When talking about Eczema, it is considered to be a state when your doshas fall out of balance. In such a case, the role of Ayurveda is to balance the doshas using natural treatments/remedies. Furthermore, Ayurveda also aims for purifying the body by removing the toxins responsible to cause eczema symptoms in an individual.
Let us further know how Ayurveda can help in treating Eczema and its benefits:
Ayurveda medicine treats Eczema by the process of Panchakarma therapy. The similar method is also implemented for treatment of other skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne as discussed in our earlier blogs.
In order to undergo the Panchakarma therapy, you first need to visit an Ayurveda practitioner near you. The process includes elaborate procedures such mentioned as follows:
- Consumption of medicated ghee for around 5-7 days
- Oil massage for entire body
- Induced sweating
- Induced purging and vomiting
The above mentioned four methods help remove toxins and support the immune system for treating Eczema.
Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies:
Consumption of several herbs is also part of the Ayurvedic treatment. You can just add the herbs to anything you consume on a day to day basis such as cooked food, as tea or as supplements.
Consult your Ayurveda practitioner in case you prefer consuming the supplements for expert advice is must in such a situation. Sometimes certain herbs and drugs might interact negatively with each other, hence an opinion of a practitioner is essential for better results. Further, don’t forget to follow up with your other healthcare providers namely doctor, pharmacist, etc in order to know if any herbs or medicines won’t interact negatively for you. The herbs mainly used for treatment of Eczema are Neem, Indian sarsaparilla, Turmeric, Triphala & Cardamom.
Eczema can be caused by stress as well, hence you can prefer Ayurvedic herbs that are good for supporting your nervous system. Some of these herbs are Winter cherry, Kava Kava & Brahmi.
For healing Eczema, an Ayurvedic treatment plan includes dietary changes. To be specific, it is recommended to consume a plant based diet which is rich in unprocessed food items. An ideal diet based on this must include ingredients such as essential fatty acids, Zinc, Vitamin A & Vitamin C. Further, treatments also include consuming lots of fluids such as licorice tea and aloe vera juice.
Foods to avoid: Whilst undergoing Ayurveda treatment for treating Eczema, one must avoid foods such as alcohol, dairy products, meat, refined sugar, acidic fruits, tomatoes, yeast, heavy, greasy, or fried food, salty or spicy food, processed food, etc. According to Ayurvedic practitioners the above mentioned ingredients are responsible for aggravating the symptoms of Eczema.
In order to soothe your skin, one can also try topical natural remedies such as follows:
Oatmeal bath: A fine powder made of ground oats added to lukewarm water can be used during bath in order to calm your skin by reducing inflammation.
Coconut Oil: For years, coconut oil has been used for various skin ailments, similarly it is ideal for dryness. It has antibacterial properties helping to prevent harmful, infection-causing bacteria to enter cracked skin. Easy to use, one needs to just damp your skin with the oil, especially virgin or cold-pressed coconut oil for better results.
Hemp Seed Oil: This oil is responsible to hydrate and strengthen the skin by preventing bacterial infections providing relief.
Sunflower Oil: It acts as a natural moisturizer and reduces inflammation with better hydration thus avoiding symptoms of Eczema. Applying the oil twice a day is advised.
Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera acts as a coolant for the skin and relieves from inflamed skin and itching. All you need to do is, spread the gel on your skin once or twice a day.
Stress Management Techniques: Focusing on relieving stress is an important part of Ayurveda treatment for Eczema, as stress can trigger Eczema. Various methods can be undertaken to do this such as deep breathing techniques, guided imagery, journaling, massage, meditation, music or art therapy, stretching, tai chi, walking, yoga, etc.
Benefits of Ayurveda:
Ayurveda is just the right way to heal health problems in a holistic manner. With the market flooded with western medicines, using Ayurvedic methods will prevent you from using steroids and allergy causing medications. However, it is worth mentioning that even while using Ayurveda methods there is always a chance of side-effects one must be aware of and hence consult an expert.
Under Ayurveda, eczema is healed through dietary changes and natural remedies such as use of medicines such as SDK available on R-Moti website. It depends on purification methods that are said to control eczema by removing toxins from the body. If you are sure of using Ayurveda remedy, make sure to visit your trained Ayurvedic practitioner along with your primary care doctor and dermatologist to avoid any further issues.