Holistic treatment for stasis dermatitis is highly effective with long-lasting results. When the body is brought into balance, other symptoms (such as edema, varicose veins and many others) will also be addressed, resulting in overall health and wellness. In addition, the side effects of herbal treatment are minimal (rarely being 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 stasis dermatitis. We recommend internal herbal teas together with topical compresses, salves or creams.
Western medicine generally treats stasis dermatitis with topical aluminum acetate or 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.