Holistic treatment for atopic eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is effective with long-lasting results. When the body is brought into balance, other symptoms (such as chronic runny nose, wheezing, allergies and others) will also be addressed. This holistic approaches heals the skin and balances overall health and wellness. In addition, the side effects of herbal treatment are minimal (rarely more serious than loose stools).
The #1 reason people choose holistic medicine is that it works. Healing from the inside-out is the only way to address the individual causes of each person’s eczema. We recommend internal herbal teas together with topical salves or creams.
Western medicine generally treats atopic eczema with topical corticosteroids. Corticosteroids can cause thinning of the skin (atrophy that can be irreversible), local bleeding, and increased risk of infection. In more serious cases, Calcineurin inhibitors such as Elidel and Protopic are prescribed which suppress the immune system and are associated with some serious side effects (including potential cancer risk). More information on these risks and side effects can be found in this FDA warning.