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What is Naturopathy or Naturopathic medicine?
“Naturopathy—also called naturopathic medicine—is a medical system that has evolved from a combination of traditional practices and health care approaches popular in Europe during the 19th century,” states the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
According to the NCCIH, Naturopathic practitioners use many different treatment approaches. Examples include:
- Dietary and lifestyle changes
- Stress reduction
- Herbs and other dietary supplements
- Manipulative therapies
- Exercise therapy
- Practitioner-guided detoxification
- Psychotherapy and counseling
During my Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSS) period, I tried Homeopathy and Ayurveda treatments to see if it would be able to help me recover faster. However, I personally didn’t see any improvements after trying Homeopathy for 5 months and Ayurveda for 2 months. I started researching again for alternatives treatments and came across Naturopathy. I finally narrowed down on the Naturopathic doctor I wanted to see after reading reviews.
Naturopathic Treatment Plan
The first appointment was an hour and a half consultation. The Doctor used this time to learn about my medical history, the treatments I’ve tried before and to explain to me the course of action I would be on.
Essentially my treatment plan is to incorporate specific vitamins and supplements into my diet to help with eczema as well as cut out certain food groups.
I also took an allergy sensitivity test to find out what foods were causing internal inflammation. These reactions don’t show on the skin right away but cause them internally only to appear on the skin few days later.
This makes it difficult to know which foods are triggering your eczema. Below is the treatment plan I was put on, and still follow for the most part today. I’ve also linked the products I used. I’ve tried different products but linked the ones that I found made a difference for me.
- Eliminate all dairy products
- Eliminate all gluten products
- Eliminate products you already know that causes reactions (For me: all nuts, kiwi, pineapple and shrimp)
- Vitamin C supplement, 1000mg per day (try to make sure this a natural form of vitamin C, I found that the absorbic acid one didn’t work quite as well)
- Vitamin D3 (liquid form), 1-2 drops
- Liquid Omega3, high EPA, 1 tsp
- Probiotics, twice daily
- L-Glutamine (For the average person, 5mg is recommended amount. I personally take about 10mg-15mg)
Change your perspective
At first, this may feel overwhelming, it was for me for the first couple of months. Going dairy free was not too hard for me, but cutting out gluten was a struggle. On top of that, taking all these supplements morning and night seemed daunting.
To make matters worse, with this treatment plan, improvements are not going to be seen over night. The focus of this treatment plan was to heal me from the inside out.
To decrease inflammation internally so it doesn’t appear on the skin. Providing my body the supplements it needs to heal my gut and help my skin repair itself. How did I stick with this treatment plan that had no immediate and visible effects?
I look at the food I eat on a daily basis, the supplements and vitamins I take, the diet restriction as…my medicine. Why does medication have to be considered something that a doctor has to prescribe or something picked up at the pharmacy? Anything that helps my body heal itself, I look as medicine now.
Food for thought.