Eczema is a skin condition characterized by inflammation in the skin. A person with eczema experiences itching and when scratched, the skin becomes reddish. Rashes, swelling, itching, dryness and flaking in different areas of the body indicate eczema. It can happen to person belonging to any age group though it is more common in infants and children.
Excessive consumption of foods that are dry, stale, cold, salty, spicy, sour, fermented or fried, late night work schedules, regular late night dinners, excessive physical, mental, and sexual activities; and stress can be responsible for causing eczema. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, aerated drinks, alcoholic beverages, indigestion, acidity, constipation and/or flatulence too can contribute to eczema.
- Reddishness on different parts of the body
- Dry, flaky, thickened and itchy skin
- Inflammation of skin
In Ayurveda, this condition is referred to as Vicharchika; the reason for its occurrence being an unbalanced immune system. Eczema is often associated with other allergic complications like asthma, hay fever, etc. factors like genetic inheritance, weakness, climate change and psychological factors often enhance the condition. Vicharchika is triggered by an imbalanced diet and poor lifestyle which aggravates Pitta Dosha. Pitta causes production of toxins called ama. These toxins amass in body tissues and infect their quality causing eczema. Drugs can only suppress the symptoms while Ayurveda includes a planned diet and specialized herbs into its treatment process.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Avoid spicy and oily food.
- Wear loose, cotton clothes and avoid synthetic fibers especially in humid weather.
- Use mild herbal soaps and cosmetics.
- Avoid scratching the skin.
- Avoid tea, coffee and canned foods.
- Practice Bhujangasan and Agnisaar Pranayam to enhance immunity.
- Boil water by adding neem leaves to it for 20 minutes. Use this water to treat the affected skin part.
- Boil babul bark and mango tree bark in water for 30 minutes and use it for hot compressions on the affected area.
- Apply a mixture of licorice root powder and sesame oil to the affected skin twice daily.