Why Corticosteroids are ‘bad’ for you?

I see quite a number of patients with eczema and other skin diseases. It is particularly challenging (although not impossible) to treat those who had a long history of corticosteroids use, orally or topical.

This class of drugs is also used in autoimmune diseases (such as lupus, rheumatoid, multiple sclerosis, kidney transplant…etc.) and other inflammatory conditions such as asthma, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease etc.

Besides causing leaky gut syndrome (another big issue), corticosteroids hinder good wound healing. This is bad news for conditions such as diabetes (leg ulcer for example), skin diseases such as eczema and asthma.

Poor wound healing means increase risk of chronic low-grade inflammation, which is associated with higher risk for of almost all types cancers.

If you need to take steroids, supplement at least with Phyto-EFA. The combination of cold pressed, unadulterated plant seed oils has been shown to increase cellular oxygenation (which is the reason why you feel less fatigue after taking it) and cell repair.

Of course, the best thing to do is not to use any form of steroid in the first place. There are many safe phytotherapeutic agents we can use to treat the root causes of diseases.


About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website http://slnaturopath.com
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