Music therapy for Eczema

When we talk about a therapy or a remedy for eczema, most of the attention is often focused on the physical aspect… be it a debate on what on cream / ointment to use, or what constitutes an effective recovery routine or recommended dietary habits, etc.  However, when you have chronic and prolonged eczema, it becomes more than a battle for physical recovery, it also becomes a psychological test & a spiritual toil.  Hence, in my mind, therapy is needed for the body, mind and soul… it could even be debated that the inner scars that eczema leaves behind are often deeper than the physical ones.

In this post, I have compiled a list of youtube videos of some of my favourite songs that I listen to as therapy, relaxation or motivation for my eczema and I would like to share the list with other chronic eczema sufferers.  A key criteria in the selection of the songs is listening to songs that gives me a positive attitude rather than a feeling of collective sorrow or sadness (I’m sure we all have our own mourning songs).

I will update the list from time to time.  If you have any song suggestions, please send me a comment and I will add it into the list if I also think it is a good time.  Relax and enjoy.

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan

Song list

Eczema and supplements

In this blog article, I would like to cover the use of supplements to strengthen the body to deal with eczema.

Essential fatty acids (omega 3)
High quality omega 3 oil is a good source of anti inflammatory fatty acids taken as a supplement for eczema. Essential fatty acids must be ingested because the body cannot synthesise it. Omega oil also helps to soften the skin. If the reader is taking an Omega 3-6-9 supplement set, the reader should note omega 6 is an inflammatory fatty acid.

From experience, I found it makes a big difference ingesting omega 3 oil. The skin heals more quickly and subject to less dry cracks. All eczema sufferers should consider taking it.

Vitamins and minerals
I use to take an A to Z supplement everyday but research has proven that the human body absorbs minerals and vitamins most effectively as complex forms rather than as synthesised forms. Hence, I would not advocate taking any vitamin supplement but to focus on eating nutrient rich foods.

Vitamin E is an important vitamin for eczema because it protects the skin from UV damage, keeps skin soft and limits oxidative stress. Food rich in vitamin e includes
1. Broccoli
2. Red pepper
3. Spinach
4. Kiwi fruit and papaya

Vitamin C is another important vitamin because it restock vitamin E supplies as well as protect cells from free radicals. Food rich in vitamin c includes
1. Kiwi fruit and papaya
2. Broccoli
3. Strawberries
4. Chillies
5. Oranges

Probiotics
Depending on your dietary habits, I would advocate the intake of high quality probiotics to help maintain a good balance of microorganism in the gut.

Bee Pollen
Although I don’t take A to Z vitamin supplements, I do take 10g of bee pollen everyday. Bee Pollen is one of the most nutrient-dense food offered by mother nature containing minerals, vitamins, folic acid and enzymes.

From experience, I also found that ingesting bee pollen also has a positive effect on my well being. Energy level as well as overall well being is generally better.

Cranberry juice
During eczema recovery, I would take half a cup of pure unsweetened cranberry juice everyday. It is a good tonic for cleansing the lymph nodes and liver.

Eczema and Horse Oil

It has been a good while since I’ve last updated my eczema blog. There had been a number of topics I wanted to cover. In this blog article, I will cover the remedial use of horse oil for eczema.

Horse oil was recommended to me by my Chinese doctor as an alternative to lotions. At first, I thought…. what…are you serious… but after some research I now realise the practice is an ancient one documented in the Chinese book of herbs (草本科目) as an effective moisturiser thousands of years ago.

Horse oil is also rich in medium fatty acids and quickly absorbs into the body. Personally, I’ve had positive experiences with it and I find it has stronger healing properties than lavera lotion series.

Nowadays, horse oil is available in Hokkaido Japan where the Japanese have imported the practice and kept the tradition alive. Readers can find more information by typing “Hokkaido horse oil”. Based on my experience, you can get different horse oil products from HK$50 to HK$500 for a container but most are cheap knock offs. Pure horse oil or high quality medicated horse oil should probably be around HK$400 to 500 a container. In hong kong, you can purchase the product online or at Sogo.

Below is a photo of medicated horse oil. Note: Pure horse oil will smell a little like pork oil.

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