Eczema, aka atopic dermatitis is the most common skin problem. It is an inflammatory skin condition which affects the external layer of the skin. Eczema is common in children. It doesn’t need any specific treatment as the rashes, redness, inflammation etc fade away naturally, once they grow. Sometimes, the symptoms are hard to manage. It causes severe or intense itching worsening the condition.
Why should you Choose Ayurveda for Eczema in Children
From ayurvedic point of view, deep routed causes of most of the skin disorders are often ignored when treated. So, application of any creams or lotions can just mask the symptoms temporarily. It may have no improvement in symptoms and doesn’t provide any long time relief.
Ayurvedic therapies are focused on healing from internally. The treatment addresses the root cause of the disease. While you can improve symptoms with western medications, resorting to Ayurveda is the best practice. It clears the imbalance and strengthens the immune system of the children.
Eczema – Causes and Imbalance of Dosha
The cause of Eczema includes
- External factors (triggers) – diet, clothing, allergic reaction due to chemical exposure etc
- Hereditary conditions
Eczema is a constitutional condition, associates with imbalance of all three doshas in Ayurveda. However, since it involves dryness of skin, Vata dosha is predominant. Inflammation associates with Kapha dosha and burning sensations associate with Pita dosha.
Treatment for Eczema in Children in Ayurveda
Panchakarma is the ayurvedic detox therapy. It is divided into five categories of therapies. However, not all therapies are administered to treat the condition. Based on the triggering factors, depth of the condition, type of eczema, etc appropriate detox therapies are administered. Some of the common ayurvedic therapies used to treat eczema include the following:
Intake of Medicated Ghee
Ghee, aka clarified butter is one of the medicines in ayurveda. Besides, it used in many ayurvedic drugs, and herbal concoctions. Ghee enhances the medicinal power of herbs. Ghee is one of the essential ingredients that retain the moisture internally and externally. Medicated ghee, (ghee prepared with infusion of herbs) is fed to the eczema patient for a few days regularly.
Vamana – Vamana means inducing vomiting. The patient is fed with butter milk prepared with herbs. It is followed by providing herbal concoctions which makes the patient vomit. The entire stomach is cleansed.
Mud Pack – Red soil has miraculous healing properties and alleviates the symptoms of many skin disorders. It has naturally cooling effect too. Mud pack made of red soil and herbal medicines is applied all over body to curb down the excessive heat in the body.
Abhyanga – Authentic ayurvedic massage is performed to strengthen the muscles and tissues in children.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Eczema in Children
Ayurvedic medicines need proper prescription from a professional Ayurvedic practitioner for appropriate dosage. Book an appointment with Ayurways for comprehensive Ayurvedic care and support, in Melbourne.
- Panchatikta ghritam
- Mahamarichyadi taila
Foods to Include and Avoid
Foods that contain more nutrition with anti-inflammatory properties are good for eczema. Needless to say, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (natural) is good for eczema. List of recommended foods:
- Dark green vegetables and leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli)
- Nuts and seeds, especially walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc (rich in omega 3 fatty acids)
- Cold fish (not all sea foods. Sea foods cause skin allergies in many people. If you find something different, avoid it)
- Garlic and turmeric (good old kitchen ingredients)
- Sweet potatoes
- All water based fruits and vegetables except citrus fruits (melons, cucumber,)
Say No to – Kids love the delicious condiments and toppings! If you have eczema, you shouldn’t! Spices and condiments are best buddies of eczema. Cinnamon, vinegar, curry, paprika, sauces, mayonnaise, etc increases the inflammation of the skin. Remember, no sauces, ketchups, condiments and spices!