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alternative medicineDermatologists are now getting on the bandwagon by suggesting alternative medicine therapies to their patients.  Doctors, in general, frown at or turn up their noses at the mention of using anything other than prescription medication and are beginning to see some advantages to a more natural approach to skin care.  Doctors know their patients search for alternative treatments and bring it to their attention because prescription medications are too harsh on their skin and patients do not wish to add more toxins to their bodies.

Research has shown significant improvement for atopic dermatitis when patients were instructed to add essential fatty acids to their diets.  It is thought that those who suffer with atopic dermatitis have a deficiency in these acids.  Patients are instructed to use sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, borage oil, primrose oil by oral and/or topical application.  Improvement may be due to anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties found in these oils.  They are also instructed to add B12, Vitamin D and probiotics to their regime.  The use of these alternative therapies can mean prescribing less topical medication and tapering off of other systemic medications.

I wish more doctors, not just dermatologists, would be more open-minded to alternative therapies.  How about you?

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Petrou, I. (2013). Dermatology Times, “Alternative medicine can help where traditional therapies fail”. Retrieved September 17, 2013, from: http://www.dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/alternative-medicine-can-help-where-traditional-therapies-fail