Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Eczema: Foods to Avoid

In Asian medicine, there are two basic types of eczema.  These are ‘blood-deficient’ dry eczema and ‘damp-heat’ wet eczema.  To help in the relief of this skin condition, it is helpful to avoid the following foods as they can be aggravating to the body’s systems:

  • Alcoholchocolate cake
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Fried Foods
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Pepper
  • Spicy Foods
  • Sugar
  • Shellfish

Regarding shellfish….. Recently, it has been discovered that crab, lobster, and shrimp contain a lot of copper.  From a Western medical perspective, excess copper absorbed in the system can promote inflammation or growth.  Incidentally, there has been a long-standing belief in the Chinese dietary system that shellfish promotes inflammation.

Talk with your practitioner about foods that would be helpful for your specific case.

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