Bastyr Center for Natural Health has published a review.

Let’s summarize.

  • Coconut oil
    • Helps decrease inflammation and itching.
    • Reduces bacterial colonization of the skin, which may help prevent infection.
  • Essential fatty acids
    • Increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids (cold water fish or fish oil) helps decrease inflammation of the skin.
  • Probiotics
    • Some studies have shown that probiotics can be helpful, especially in children.
  • Chamomile
    • One study showed that topical chamomile cream was as effective as low-dose steroid cream.
    • Also taken internally as a tea.
  • Stress reduction
    • Biofeedback, hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques, and meditation help manage stress and can be part of a treatment plan.

The bottom line?

These are complementary to allopathic treatments.

9/13/11 11:14 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.