Skin Conditions and Their Natural Treatments.
The common conditions that we see today are: ECZEMA, PSORIASIS, DERMATITIS, as well as Rashes and Hives. Most common symptoms for most skin conditions are: redness, itchiness, sometime pain. Symptoms vary a lot in the size, redness and other manifestations.
The most common treatment used by the “regular medical system” is Hydrocortison creams or lotions. However long term use of this medication can cause damage and thinning of the skin. In the natural approach to the treatment of skin conditions, we use herbs and other natural substances to treat the causes of the conditions internally. As well we use natural creams and lotions that help relieve the symptoms temporary and support the whole healing process.
Diet is an essential part of any skin condition healing. As the skin is the biggest “elimination organ” of the body, what we eat and drink has a major effect on the state of our skin. “Good Diet”, balanced, rich in vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and unprocessed food, is essential to healing of skin conditions.
The Emotional state of people seems to have a significant effect on the state of the skin, as the skin is effected by the levels of different hormones in the body, as well as the state of the digestive system and other elimination channels of the body.
Some supplements that are essential to healthy skin, and help significantly to the healing of the skin are:
- Essential Fatty Acid
- Omega 3 and 6
- Flax Seed Oil
- Vitamin B Complex
Some common herbs that are used to help in treatments of skin conditions are:
- Internally: Burdock, yellow-dock, red clover, sarsaparilla, pau-darco, milk thistle, dandelion, aloe
- External (cream or salve form): calendula, comfrey, chickweed, Oregon grape, golden-seal, tea tree
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture
TCM looks at each condition and each person individually, and that means that in many cases two people with a similar condition will be getting different treatment. As well as people with different conditions might be getting similar treatment approach.
In TCM/Acupuncture we see people with skin conditions usually exhibit “heat conditions” with some “Wind and Damp” manifestations. These “terms” are diagnostic names of the conditions in TCM/Acpuncture, and usually does not mean the same as in common English language.
A person that is coming to visit Dr. Eyal Lebel in his clinic will be getting a thorough assessment and a complete TCM diagnosis that would determined the type and length of the treatments. Most people with skin conditions, will be receiving some Acupuncture treatments, as well as Chinese and Western herbal remedies, and some natural creams.
Patients will be given some dietary recommendations, and possibly supplement recommendation.
Dr. Eyal Lebel is both a Dr.of TCM, Acupuncture, as well as a Master herbalist of “western herbal remedies” in Vancouver, BC.