Eczema is the common term for atopic dermatitis -
a chronic, allergic skin irritation. An itchy, flaking
rash may appear on the inner surface of elbows and
knees, the backs of the upper arms, wrists, cheeks,
scalp, or eyelids. From the homeopathic point of view,
the suppression of skin eruptions (especially with
cortisone or other drugs) can lead to deeper health
problems. Homeopathic and herbal remedies can be soothing
during flare ups -but for deeper treatment, a constitutional
remedy should be chosen by an experienced practitioner,
to fit a person on many levels, and bring the body
into better balance.
Antimonium crudum: People likely to respond
to this remedy have eczema with thick cracked skin
and are also prone to indigestion. They are usually
sensitive and sentimental, love to eat sour things,
and may be overweight. Itching is worse from warmth
and sun exposure. Antimonium crudum is often indicated
for impetigo, plantar warts as well as eczema.
Aresenicum album: People who need this remedy
usually are anxious, restless, and compulsively neat
and orderly. The skin is dry, itches, and burns intensely.
Scratching can make itching worse, and applying heat
will bring relief. Indigestion with burning pain and
a general feeling of chilliness are often seen when
Arsenicum is indicated.
Arum triphyllum: This remedy can be useful
when allergic skin eruptions are focused on the lower
part of face, especially around the mouth. The skin
may look chapped and feel hot and irritated. The lips
are cracked and the nostrils may be sore, People who
need this remedy are often inclined toward throat
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is suited
to people who are chilly with clammy hands and feet,
and tend to develop eczema and cracking skin that
is worse in the wintertime. They are easily fatigued
by exertion, and feel anxious and overworked. Cravings
for sweets, sluggish metabolism, and a tendency toward
weight problems are other indications.
Calendula: This remedy can be helpful if the
irritated skin has a tendency to get infected. Topical
use of the herb in lotion, gel or tincture form is
soothing to the irritated skin, and can often ease
inflammation and prevent infection.
Graphites: People likely to respond to this
remedy have tough skin with cracks and soreness, and
often have long-term history of skin disorders. The
areas behind ears, around the mouth, or the hands
are often cracked, with a golden oozing discharge
that hardens into crusts. Difficulty concentrating,
especially in the morning is often seen in a person
who needs Graphites.
Rhus toxicodendron: A person whose eczema
has blisterlike eruptions that look red and swollen,
itch intensely and are soothed by hot applications
may respond to this remedy. The person is restless
from discomfort with irritability. A person who needs
Rhus tox often craves for cold milk.
Petroleum: This remedy is indicated for individuals
whose skin is extremely dry and tends to crack, especially
on the finger tips and palms. Eczema is worse in winter,
with deep, sore cracks that often bleed. Itching is
worse at night and from getting warm in bed. The skin
is easily infected, and may get tough and leathery
from chronic irritation.
Sulphur: Intensely burning, itching, inflamed
eruptions that are worse from warmth and worse from
bathing suggest a need for this remedy. Affected areas
may be red, with scaling or crusted skin. Eruptions
can be either dry or moist. This remedy will help
those who have repeatedly used medications or ointments
on their eczema without much success.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select a remedy that most closely matches the symptoms.
In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate,
unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower
potency (6X,6C,12X 12C,30X OR 30C) should be used.
Instructions normally are given on the label.
Many homeopathy physicians suggest that remedies
be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response.
If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the
Always consult a qualified Homeopath, before taking