Course: Naturopathic Approach to Atopic Dermatitis
Naturopathic Approach to Atopic Dermatitis
Jessica Maloh, ND +1

Atopic dermatitis (AD), or eczema, affects 10-20% of the pediatric population and 1-3% of the adult population. Eczematous skin can be extremely uncomfortable (itchy, dry, erythematous, and/or oozing), and coupled with its chronic and relapsing nature, AD can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life. Naturopathic medicine seeks to understand and treat the underlying root causes of disease. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat the whole person, meaning they will assess how other body systems (such as intestinal health and mental health for example) impact skin health. Naturopathic interventions incorporate a wide array of modalities including lifestyle modifications, nutrition, botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, and other complementary modalities. This article will summarize the diagnosis, pathophysiology, contributing factors, and therapeutic interventions for treating atopic dermatitis through the lens of naturopathic medicine. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the role filaggrin and natural moisturizing factor have in the pathophysiology of AD and apply research on oral and topical treatments to implement a skin barrier dysfunction treatment protocol
  • Describe the research associating gut health with AD and develop a treatment protocol to address these problems using demulcent herbs, l-glutamine and probiotics
  • Explain how stress can trigger and aggravate AD and formulate a stress reduction plan as part of a comprehensive treatment protocol


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Jessica Maloh

Jessica completed her BSc at York University in Toronto, ON and has completed her Doctor of Naturopathy degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She believes that integrative medicine with an evidence-based approach can allow practitioners to better support patients and optimize patient care. Jessica is passionate about bridging naturopathic and conventional medicine in clinical dermatology.

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Michael Traub

Dr. Michael Traub's father was a dermatologist, and this inspired him to become the leading expert in skin in the naturopathic profession. He has taught dermatology at five of the seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America and is the author of “Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics.” He has been medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for the past 32 years. He has been actively engaged in clinical research throughout most of his career. His most recent investigation is “Efficacy and Safety of Kamedis Eczema Treatment in Children and Adults with Atopic Dermatitis.”

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