Fall is in the air, and with the colder climate comes many changes to our bodies, one of the most noticeable being dry skin and other skin irritations. Today we tackle eczema, as suggested by a reader looking for help with her own struggle. Instead of treating it externally, have you ever thought of working on your skin from the inside?
A: In Chinese Medicine, eczema is a reflection of an internal problem, usually a digestive problem. Coconut oil is a topical treatment, but we like to get to the root of the cause, internally. When I see patients with eczema I make sure they are getting enought of the “good” fats, such as nuts, avocodos, etc. I also ask them to add fatty acids to their diet, such as East West Essentials Optimal Fatty Acid Blend, which is excellent for skin conditions (you can also pop these open and apply topically to dry skin patches!). If you tend to run on the “hot” side (flushed face, H/A, maybe elevated blood pressure) be sure and add cooling foods to your diet such as cucumber, celery and green squash.
Remember, it’s true when they say “we are what we eat,” so for skin conditions try to avoid greasy fast foods, sweets, sodas – all those things with plenty of chemicals that your body may try to detoxify through the skin!