Its Eczema season and we’re flooded as usual with people looking to treat their eczema. And, while I have posted on the various types of eczema with their causes and solutions, I have recently become more intrigued by a more universal root to the skin ailment: our emotions.
Yep, over the holidays I picked up Dr Grossbart’s book “Skin Deep” and he explains the link between our emotions and skin appearance. And before you think it – No, this Harvard lecturer and Psychiatrist is not a new age, crystal lover like me, so its not just crunchy granola sentiments, these are his personal observations from his practice. He says in his book that eczema is caused by emotional turmoil and the repression of our feelings. Dr. Grossbart insists we have to face our emotional issues face on and that a commitment to self-love as well as counseling helps greatly (okay, sounds a little crunchy granola – but I believe it!).
This matches up with what Chi Nei Tsang Master, Khadro has been telling me. I have recently been seeing Khadro for stomach massage, as she works on relieving tension in the abdomen for better digestion as well as stimulating the internal organs through physical manipulation (apparently I have tension and congestion in the liver!). She works a lot with emotions, as we often hold our feelings in our gut and other tissues, leading to organ dysfunction. Khadro insists that every case of eczema she has seen on a client has been coupled with underlying anxiety. But our anxiety isn’t always expressed through worry – she says that anger and a quick temper is also a way of coping and dealing with our anxiety. Hella interesting!
So, if you are suffering from uncomfortable eczema right now, check out my topical and dietary recommendations, but pair this with an examination of your stress levels and anxiety…oh, and a few deep breaths.