Natural Eczema Remedies
Natural Eczema Remedies
Herbs abd Supplements
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) gel 2%.
This anti-inflammatory gel, available in health food stores, is often used for skin conditions. Although there are few studies on its use for eczema, one study on 30 patients found that using it for two weeks improved redness, swelling, and itching.
Chamomile acts as an anti-infammatory. Studies comparing the cream to topical hydrocortisone find it works just as well, if not better, in relieving symptoms. It is often used in a daily, long – term basis to prevent flares because it has no side effects (as long as you're not allergic to chamomile). One brand that's been studied in clinical trials is CamoCare.
St. John's Wort Cream
St. John's wort has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which is why a group of German researchers decided to test its effects on eczema. Their study found that an extract standarized to 1.5% hyperforin was significantly better at treating the eczema of 21 patients than a placebo. The particpants used the cream twice a day for four weeks. The skin treated with the cream also had less bacteria which means less risk of secondary infection.
Several studies find these supplements can improve eczema symptoms in children, even infants. Researchers suspect they work by making the gut less "leaky," preventing large proteins that may trigger allergic reactions from leaking through. The usual dose is 1 or 2 capsules with meals for adults; half that for children 70 to 100 pounds, one-quarter the adult dose for children 50 to 70 pounds. Ask your doctor for the correct dosage for children under 50 pounds or less than 6 years old.
Although there are no studies available on its use treating eczema, the flavonoids in this herb block activation of a chemical that contributes to allergic responses. Take 120 milligrams twice a day. use a standarized extract that contains 24% flavonoglycosides and 6% terpene lactones. Youn can take ginkgo on a daily basis or as needed to prevent flares.
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