Suddenly, there seems to be an increased trend in the kind of complaints related to skin rashes
being reported among my patient group. However, not all ‘skin rashes’ are just rashes but have a deeper connection to other problems!
The sad part about skin related issues is that – it’s not only physical but has a psychological impact on a person’s confidence and personality. This makes the cure and treatment very challenging and needs a holistic approach.
On further investigations and tests, I am finding that – for most, it’s not just really ‘rashes’ but a deeper form of other skin related chronic inflammation of the skin such as Eczema, Psoriasis or Pityriasis rosea.
For humans, Skin is the largest organ. The skin has multiple layers of tissues and protects the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Due to its interface with the environment, skin plays a key role in protecting the body against infectious diseases and germs.
Currently, I am focusing on dealing with Eczema in particular, as I have been receiving a lot of requests to write about it from my patients.
The term eczema is broadly used for a range of skin conditions. These include skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms – redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries.
Eczema among children and adults has totally different reasons and approach to cure. Will write about these in detail in my next series of this blog. Currently, focussing on causes of eczema among adults and its cure.
Causes of Eczema is more than skin deep! – According to Ayurveda and other forms of healing, Some key things to note about Eczema –
There are a lot of different forms of Eczema and the cure for each is different from another. Hence, dealing with eczema requires constant monitoring and support from a trained physician.
Eczema is usually non-infections and does not spread from one person to another. It’s a ‘auto-immune’ disease and hence people staying or working with an infected person are relatively safe from getting infected due to contact with the affected person.
I am a firm believer that Eczema could be thought of as “weak skin” and is similar to a “leaky gut”. In fact, because of the similar roles of the skin and the gut to act as a WALL – protecting the body against attacks, it is no surprise that eczema is also associated with a leaky gut. It is still unknown whether a leaky gut contributes to the development of eczema – however as per Ayurveda it is. Hence, the first step of treatment of Eczema focuses on gut cleansing.
Treatment of Eczema needs a holistic approach than just treating a specific part of the body-Skin .
The treatment area of Eczema can be divided into 4 parts – Lifestyle modification, Yoga, Diet and Medicine(Ayurveda). Among these categories of focus – Lifestyle modification and Diet play a prominent part over the other two – contrary to the popular belief that eczema can be treated with just medication alone.
This is probably the reason why modern medicine is yet to find a cure for eczema and related diseases.
In the next of this series, will detail out more about the typical eczema cases i have dealt with, holistic cure approach and other details.