What is Eczema?
Ayurveda View of Eczema
General management for Kustha is beneficial in Vicharchika. In cases of Vata predominant Kushtha, internal administration ghee is prescribed. For Pitta predominant Kushtha virechena (therapeutic purgation) followed by Rakta mokshna (therapeutic bloodletting), and for Kapha predominant Kushtha, Vamana (therapeutic vomiting) is beneficial. Eczema is a condition that has been shown to be well managed by Ayurveda. Diet (ahar) and Lifestyle (vihar) have proven to be the cornerstones of management, which have been detailed out below.
What is the cause of eczema?
- Common triggers include: Dry skin. When your skin gets too dry, it can easily become brittle, scaly, rough or tight, which can lead to an eczema flare-up. Learn more about the importance of moisturizing skin to manage eczema flares. Irritants. Everyday products and even natural substances can cause your skin to burn and itch, or become dry and red.
Symptoms of Eczema
- Dry, sensitive skin.
- Inflamed, discolored skin.
- Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin.
- Oozing or crusting.
- Areas of swelling.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Eczema
Ayurvedic Medicine, or Ayurveda, is an ancient healing system that originated in India. It focuses on improving overall health and balance based on one’s unique body constitution. Ayurveda treats diseases by fostering a balance in the underlying combination of elements of the universe believed to form our body (space, air, fire, water, and earth). Treatment is usually done via a combination of diet, herbal supplements, and massages with special oils. Trained Ayurvedic doctors can identify the body type and the type of imbalance and suggest corrective herbs. These usually work quite instantly for minor conditions, but take longer for chronic and systemic issues.
Home Remedies for Eczema
- We grew up in a culture of home remedies, mostly derived from ancient Ayurvedic wisdom. Both of us were aware of — and familiar with — the treatment option. Given the challenges with a child being able to take bitter herbs and sit through massages, we did not try this option until she was 5 years old.