The Eczema Epidemic

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Conventional medicine would have you believe that eczema is a lifelong affliction, the cause is unknown and treatment offered is nothing but suppressive creams to mask the problem.

Homeopathy takes a different viewpoint on eczema. Rather than seeing it as a stand alone condition, we see it as merely a symptom of an underlying imbalance. From the many cases of adult and infantile eczema I have seen and treated over the years I have learnt that there are a myriad of reasons why you, or your child, could be suffering with eczema, but they always have their root in the gut.

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Homeopathy has a lot to offer eczema sufferers compared to conventional medicine. We, as homeopaths, don’t encourage suppression of skin, we address the eczema at its root. Conventional medicine might concede that eczema is the result of an overactive immune system, but it never asks WHY IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN OVERDRIVE?
80% of our immune system originates in the gut, and if the gut is compromised there will be other indications, it is common to see asthma, food and seasonal allergies presenting alongside the eczema in many cases, and this atopic cocktail is fed by the over-driven immune system and the rising histamine levels.

New studies are showing that our gut bacteria is a factor in controlling and producing histamine, an inflammation feeding chemical. Increased histamine will create a cycle of allergic reactions and inflamed itchy skin. Certain strains of gut bacteria may actually be exacerbating histamine levels, which is why some probiotics may not be helping your gut or your skin.

So, what can we do about this?

Homeopathy has some powerful remedies called Bowel Nosodes think of these a bit like homeopathic probiotics, there are a dozen of these remedies, all slightly differing in their action, all of them have certain skin symptoms that help differentiate which one will be more beneficial. They cover so much more than skin too,gastrointestinal problems, asthma, chest issues, allergies, joint pains, mucus & sinus conditions as well as urinary tract problems can all point to the use of one of these remedies. Even anxiety and depression is covered by these, and the reason for this is simple:

Our gut bacteria influences our skin, our mood, our mental health and so much more than we give it credit (or the blame) for!

I regularly use one of these bowel nosodes when someone comes to see me for skin, IBS or allergy problems, they can often be a great start point in your journey back to health, sometimes they are all that is needed.

Conventional medicine does not have the same solution for eczema, it never looks past the surface. There is always a story behind someones eczema / psoriasis / dermatitis and like a book we need to read it in its entirety, for context. Your skin is just one symptom in this story, and homeopathy always looks at the bigger picture rather than focusing on just the skin.

When you address a condition at the deepest level possible this will have a ripple effect on every system of the body.

if you’d like a no obligation chat about how homeopathy can help eczema then do contact me https://tracywhitehomeopathy.setmore.com

Eczema – Why the drugs don’t work

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I am becoming more and more alarmed at the amount of infants and children coming to see me who have been on steroids constantly over prolonged periods of time. Some of them several years. Mums on a cycle of repeat prescriptions dished out by a GP, without question.

When we look at the NICE guidelines for corticosteroid use https://bnf.nice.org.uk/treatment-summary/topical-corticosteroids.html
we see that it is advised that even mild (0.1-2.5 %) topical steroids are only used for a duration of 1-2 weeks on infants & children, this is because children are more susceptible to side effects. In rare cases adrenal suppression and Cushing’s syndrome can occur. I have seen children on very potent strength steroids, like Betnovate, applied daily.

In the UK in 2015 almost 27 MILLION prescriptions were written out for topical skin treatments, costing £169 MILLION! Figures suggest 15 MILLION people in the UK are affected by eczema, to varying severity. This is a massive amount of money for a treatment that doesn’t actually address the eczema, it palliates the skin symptoms, but the root cause is not addressed and the skin then becomes reliant on steroids to suppress the eczema. I have had parents tell me they are religiously applying a steroid and the eczema just appears on another part of the body – which hasn’t been affected before. These poor parents are literally chasing eczema around their children’s bodies.

It seems a joke to me that Homeopathy is becoming less available on the NHS, it is so effective at treating eczema, it doesn’t suppress, has no side effects and won’t thin or damage a childs delicate skin (and I have seen my fair share of adults now suffering with long term steroid skin damage because of steroid overuse). £169 MILLION is being spent on a cream that does not cure the condition

The irony is that homeopathy is affordable, gentle and non addictive – so it has no appeal to a pharmaceutical company. But I continue to wage my war on steroids. I know there is a better way than these topical creams. I know that homeopathy heals in a way that is more than skin deep, it may not always be an overnight fix, but its goal is to heal at a far deeper level than a cream could ever reach.

Conventional medicine says eczema is not curable, and this is true within the capabilities of conventional drugs. Homeopathy says otherwise, and I see this in action every day

Skin heals when the root cause is addressed

First published to Steemit April 2019