Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook is a collection of information on topics of interest to Dr. Weyrich that may be of interest to the world wide audience. Due to limitations of time, not all information that Dr. Weyrich knows or would like to further research is published here. Dr. Weyrich welcomes financial contributions to support specific research topics, as well as copies of non-free access journal articles for him to review on a topic. Constructive criticism is also welcome.


Overview of Eczema

Complimentary and alternative treatments for eczema that are considered below include:

  • Immune System Balancing
  • Low Dose Naltrexone
  • Neurotransmitter Balancing

Etiology of Eczema

Some authors have noted that dry skin and eczema are common in hypothyroid conditions, and respond well to treatment of the underlying hypothyroid condition [Starr2005, pg 93].

Differential Diagnosis of Eczema

  • Basal body temperature below 97.8 degrees F, elevated TSH, or depressed T3 (suggests hypothyroidism).

Treatment of Eczema

Please see conventional, complimentary and alternative medical treatments for important background information regarding the different types of medical treatments discussed below.

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

Immune System Balancing

[McCulley2018, pg 89] reports that eczema is an TH2-dominant autoimmune disorder, and proposes an approach to treating this disease, which should be supervised by a properly trained medical professional. Dr. Weyrich has considerable interest in this topic, but has not treated any cases of eczema with Immune System Balancing.

Please see What is Immune System Balancing? for more information.

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

[LdnResearchTrust_conditions] reports that eczema is a condition that LDN could help. Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), and has treated one case of eczema with LDN and nutrition, with partial success.

Please see What is Low Dose Naltrexone? for more information.

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neuro Research [Hinz2015] reports that chronic diseases such as eczema can be benefited by balancing neurotransmitter levels in the body.

Dr. Weyrich has been trained in neurotransmitter balancing protocols, but has not treated eczema using this technique.

Please see What is Neurotransmitter Balancing? for more information.


Hypotheses regarding Eczema

It has been pointed out that hypothyroidism can reduce blood flow to the skin by as much as 80%. This may contribute to a variety of skin conditions [Starr2005, pg 108].

References for Eczema