Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, isn’t just a skin condition. For those who suffer from its relentless cycles of flare-ups and remission, it’s a complex and often frustrating set of symptoms that can have a profound impact on daily life. Unlike the occasional itch or rash, eczema is a chronic condition, and its persistent presence can lead to emotional distress and reduced quality of life.

Understanding how to manage eczema is key to empowering those affected to lead a life less burdened by its symptoms. At VITALIZE Natural Medicine in West Hollywood, we utilize a multifaceted naturopathic and functional approach to support skin healing for our patients.

The Eczema Epidemic

Eczema is on the rise in industrialized countries. This trend suggests that there might be more than just a genetic predisposition at play. While it can’t be entirely pinned down to a single cause, the eczema epidemic is likely a result of a combination of factors:

The Hygiene Hypothesis

The idea that our modern, hyper-hygienic lifestyles might be contributing to eczema is not new. Reduced exposure to a broad range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses in early life could lead to a weaker immune system and an increased risk of allergic and inflammatory diseases like eczema.

Diet and Nutrition

For some, eczema is intricately linked to diet. Certain foods and food allergies can trigger or worsen symptoms. The role of a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet is often key to managing eczema, and nutritional deficiencies could also be a contributing factor.

Environmental Factors

Environmental pollutants and toxins can also play a role in the development and exacerbation of eczema. From the chemicals in our personal care products to the contaminants in our food and water, environmental factors are worth scrutinizing in a holistic approach to managing eczema.

The Functional Medicine Approach to Eczema

Functional medicine takes a systems-based approach to understand the various imbalances that contribute to health issues. Rather than treating the symptoms, functional medicine aims to identify and address the root causes.

Nutritional Therapy

At VITALIZE Natural Medicine, we use nutritional therapy to help alleviate eczema. This can involve identifying food sensitivities and allergies through testing and then crafting a diet plan that is anti-inflammatory and supports gut health to reduce overall inflammation in the body.


Detoxification is another essential component of the functional medicine approach. This could involve supporting the body’s detoxification pathways through targeted nutrition, lifestyle changes, and supportive therapies like IV nutrient therapy or acupuncture.

Stress Reduction

Stress is a potent trigger for eczema flare-ups. Stress management techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can be highly effective tools in minimizing the impact of stress on the body and, subsequently, the skin.

Naturopathic Treatments for Eczema

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of primary healthcare that combines modern, scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. For eczema, naturopathic treatments can offer a personal and highly tailored approach.

Herbs and Botanical Medicine

Herbs and botanicals, when used under the guidance of a trained practitioner, can be powerful allies in the fight against eczema. From soothing topical applications to internal remedies that support the body’s natural healing processes, the potential of botanical medicine should not be underestimated.


Homeopathy is a system of medicine that involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s own healing mechanisms. Homeopathy is particularly useful for chronic conditions like eczema and can provide relief with minimal side effects.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Acupuncture

TCM is a comprehensive medical system that includes nutrition, herbal medicine, bodywork, and both mental and physical exercises. Acupuncture, which is often incorporated into TCM treatments, can modulate the body’s immune responses and reduce inflammation, offering relief from eczema symptoms.

Integrating East with West

One of the greatest strengths of the field of naturopathic and functional medicine is its integrative nature. Drawing from the best of Western scientific medicine and traditional healing practices from around the globe, practitioners can create individualized treatment plans that are effective, safe, and bring about healing on multiple levels.

Integrative therapies at VITALIZE Natural Medicine can include standard medical tests and pharmaceutical treatments when necessary, but always with an eye toward addressing the whole person, not just the symptoms of a disease.

The Importance of Proactive Skin Care

Finally, an essential component of any eczema management strategy is a proactive approach to skin care. Keeping the skin hydrated and healthy is critical in preventing or reducing the severity of eczema flare-ups.

This includes using gentle, non-irritating skincare products free from common allergens and irritants. At VITALIZE Natural Medicine, we work with our patients to develop a personalized skincare routine that supports the health of their skin, utilizing products that are safe and have a lower environmental impact.

Find Help for Eczema at VITALIZE

Eczema is a significant health challenge for many individuals, but a naturopathic and functional medicine approach to its management offers hope and effective treatment options. By addressing the root causes of eczema, integrating multiple healing modalities, and promoting self-care practices, it is possible to significantly reduce its impact and support long-term healing.

If you or a loved one are struggling with eczema, consider looking beyond traditional medicine and exploring the wealth of options available through the experienced naturopathic and functional medicine practitioners at VITALIZE. You deserve to live a life where eczema does not define your daily experience. Take the first step toward understanding and managing your eczema today.

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