The Natural Way

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Jim Fain

Eczema, seborrhea and psoriasis are all conditions that cause red eruptions often with scale on the skin and scalp.

  Eczema is found most anywhere on the body while seborrhea looks similar but involves sebaceous (oil) glands of the skin and psoriasis can be found anywhere but is usually on elbows and knees. They all look similar so the diagnosis sorting the conditions tends to be technical and, from a natural health viewpoint, academic. All three are an inflammation of the skin and this is called dermatitis.

  None of the three are contagious and are not spread from one person to another nor can it be given or received from our animal friends. In fact, the cause of each of the ailments is not well established or even known. Babies can start life with one of these while others all of a sudden develop it later.

  More than half the people who have one of them will have recurrent flair-ups even when treated successfully whether that is by conventional medicine or natural. Both approaches bring benefit so finding what works for you is important. Sometimes, the approach to successful healing involves both conventional and natural medicine.

  This is certainly not a new set of ailments as there is evidence of it on Egyptian mummies of a 1,000 or more years ago. The natural therapies of those days would include cleansing through heat or steam and diet, mineral baths, balms and herbal remedies. A 100 years ago it would be similar.

  With the advent of scientific medicine, new approaches have been added, mostly centering on steroidal creams and medicine. Commonly, the steroids work quite well but upon stopping the use the dermatitis returns, making this a frustrating set of ailments for the modern practitioner.

  One thing modernity has added is that there is often an auto-immune response underlying that, if not addressed, will keep the problems intact.

  Psoriasis is often interlinked with rheumatoid arthritis, an auto immune ailment, for example.

  Autoimmune means that our own immune system, which is designed to protect us, is in part causing the problem by attacking our own body. Because of this, internal inflammation, which can cause heart attack and brain troubles such as dementia, is often elevated causing other sets of troubles down the road.

  Getting a C-reactive protein blood test done will quickly tell you how much internal inflammation you have. Even if you are in the "normal" range, it is best to have as little as you can, so adding natural Cox2 squelching supplements such as turmeric, Boswellin or a comprehensive formula product is a good idea.

  To deal with eczema, seborrhea and psoriasis, wash with mild soap, do an herbal liver cleanse (not a colon cleanse), use ModuCare daily to balance the immune system, drink a cup of Essiac tea each day and use a balm made up of Witch Hazel, zinc pyrithione and B-12 directly on the lesions. For people who flare up only in the winter months add vitamin D3.

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