Herbal Remedies for Eczema

June 20, 2009 by  
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Body’s immune system is what protects us from falling sick. We become victims of any disease, including eczema, when the bacteria and virus that invade us are stronger than the immune system that safeguards us. That is the reason why some of the natural cures for eczema involve the use of herbs that will strengthen the liver and the immune system and keep them at their performance best.

Researches have established that eczema impacts a person’s immune system negatively, and thereby promotes the chances of his getting viral diseases like herpes or warts.

Natural cures for eczema involve remedying this damage by the application or ingestion of some natural herbs. Some of the herbs found to be effective in counteracting an eczema problem are the Chinese herb named bupleurum, burdock root, milk thistle, and an Indian plant named gotu kola. Both bupleurum and burdock root have been found to effectively counteract eczema and bring down its severity.

Milk thistle and gotu kola can combat both skin and liver problems. Gotu kola is used for external application on places like cracked heal or skin, which have been cracked by a severe attack of eczema.

Licorice roots are some other herbs which are natural cures for eczema. This controls eczema flare-ups and reduces skin swelling caused by eczema. It has also got a positive effect on allergy symptoms and liver functioning.

Gamma linolenic acid or GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that is required by the body for proper functioning. It is commonly found in chamomile, licorice root, and evening primrose oil. A daily intake of 2 to 4 grams of evening primrose oil consistently for six months is bound to bring some improvement in eczema by strengthening the immune system.

Evening primrose oil should not be taken on an empty stomach and should be taken only with or after food. Though this natural eczema treatment is slow to bring results, it is considered effective.

Another agent of natural eczema treatment is zinc. This is a nutritional supplement that can be taken as a pill. A daily intake of 30 mg of zinc will be ideal for eczema control and overall skin improvement. Users should be wary of overdosing as overdose of zinc can lead to copper deficiency in the body.

Other herbs used as natural cures for eczema are burdock, nettle, cleavers, yellow dock, and red clover. These cleanse skin and lymph and thereby clean skin of rashes. Among these herbs, yellow dock has the maximum positive impact on eczema treatment.

A herbal tea made of three of these five herbs – burdock root, red clover and yellow dock – is another natural cure for eczema. All the three should be mixed in 1:1:1 proportion. Tea can be brewed by adding one teaspoon of this mixed herbal powder to one cup of water. Toast your health with that effective eczema cure.