Eczema is a common inflammatory condition of the skin. Read more below on how we can help get to the root cause of why you have eczema and how to treat it, naturally.
Natural Treatment Options for Eczema in Bothell
A common skin condition affecting 2-8% of adults and 20% of children is eczema also known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema is a chronic, itchy, and inflammatory skin condition affecting all areas of the body but most commonly spots appear on the hands, arms, and face.
The key to successful treatment and management of symptoms with eczema is addressing any underlying triggers, digestive or food allergy components, environmental factors, and stress reduction. The conventional treatment for eczema are steroid medications which often mask the symptoms. Therefore, many people are seek natural treatment options for eczema that are safe and natural alternatives.
How we can help treat eczema
At Starting Point Acupuncture in Bothell, we seek to determine the underlying cause and address the health of the whole person, not just treat the symptoms.
There are many effective treatments that maybe used including: LED light therapy, acupuncture, and food allergy testing.
There are numerous studies showing the effectiveness of acupuncture on treating skin conditions such as eczema. Chinese medicine classifies eczema as “dampness under the skin” and what acupuncturists classify as underlying Spleen qi deficiency. In addition, a key component to the success of the treatments is addressing the dietary component.
What do the studies say?
In several studies of patients with eczema, going on a gluten-free diet, in addition to having acupuncture, resulted in significant changes in not only eczema but overall health. The key to effectiveness of treatments is adherence to a treatment protocol. Typical treatment protocols found to show effectiveness are determined on a case by case basis but typically are 3 treatments a week for 12 weeks.
Going gluten-free provides benefit to those who even do not have celiac disease.
In addition, celiac is associated with a dermatological condition closely linked to eczema, Dermatitis herpetiformis. Read more about celiac and dermatitis herpetiformis in our previous post here.
Other natural treatment options for eczema:
In recent studies, LED light therapy has been found to improve skin and control eczema. Patients treated with LED light theraly (in this study, blue light therapy) for 4 weeks showed 30% improvement in eczema skin symptoms.
If you’re ready to take a natural approach to skin health and eczema, call Starting Point at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your Glowing Skin Consult today!
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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She is a pain specialist, seeing people who suffer from chronic pain, migraines, as well as digestive issues. Offering pain relief injections, acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, and nutrition consults. Most insurances accepted. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon.
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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc
- Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
- Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
- Master’s Degree in Chemistry
Northern Arizona University
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