Q: I would like to get some information about natural remedies for eczema. Both my son and my husband have suffered with the condition for years, and we have tried just about everything to heal it without success. Do you have any recommendations?

A: When responding to conditions of the skin, it is always helpful to consider the significance of the Pitta dosha in relation to the problematic symptoms. Ayurveda relates problems of the skin most specifically with the Pitta dosha, as Pitta energy is responsible for metabolizing energy through digestion; faulty digestion can lead to a decreased immune function, and decreased immune function can lead to skin complaints (allergic reactions, hives, etc.).

However, Vata and Kapha energy can be of significance as well. Given the redness, inflammation, and oozing qualities of eczema, this is a condition most predominantly associated with a Pitta imbalance. This imbalance suggests excessive amounts of heat, which leads to irritation in the body. The response, therefore, is to reduce the amount of heat through a Pitta-balancing diet and herbal regimen as well as other therapies.

For your husband and son, consider having them follow a strictly vegetarian diet, as animal protein requires significant digestive fire to be processed which of course adds even more heat and irritation to the system. They should avoid spicy foods, sour foods (like yogurt and pickles), and pungent foods (garlic, onions) as well as coffee and alcohol. Also, have them favor cooling foods, such as white basmati rice, ghee, coconut oil, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, apples, and pears. The can also apply aloe vera gel to the affected areas as well as avoid strenuous exercises that raise the body’s heat.

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Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.