Alternative Treatments for Skin Disorders
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for centuries for the treatment of skin disorders, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, alopecia, and offers an alternative to chemical or more invasive treatments.
Typical herbal therapies applied in the treatment of skin disorders include herbs with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral qualities, such as Rhubarb, Sophora, Phellodendron, and Skullcap, often used in combination. Acupuncture is also used to increase the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems. For skin disorders, acupuncture points are generally stimulated along the arms, legs and torso.
The application of natural oils as part of your skin maintenance routine can also help with promoting a healthy skin:
- Moringa oil contains antioxidants and fatty acids that help prevent the skin from sun damage and aging while being a natural moisturizer.
- Argan oil is used today as an effective anti-aging treatment, tightening the skin and increasing oxygenation and nutrients in the cells.
- Rosehip oil, with high content of Vitamin C and Omega fatty acids, is an excellent treatment for restoring the skin and helping heal scar tissue.
- Hemp seed oil has a high content of Omega fatty acids that can reduce pore size and eliminate acne. This oil is also used to treat psoriasis and eczema because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Coconut oil can be used to replenish and moisturize your skin if you spend a lot of the time in the sun and have dry skin. If you’re looking to whiten your teeth, doing a coconut oil rinse has also been proven to remove bacteria and plaque.
A change of diet can also help with the treatment of skin disorders. Nutritional recommendations include:
- Avoid food allergies. Most people who have skin issues also have food allergies that can worsen their skin. Common foods to avoid include gluten, dairy and artificial additives. You can eliminate each food group one at a time to test if it improves your skin.
- Replace meat and dairy. By replacing these inflammatory saturated fats with unsaturated fats, you will increase your intake of nutrients that can aid your skin. Unsaturated fats to add to your diet include avocado, olive oil, nuts and flaxseed.
- Probiotics. Taking a daily probiotic supplement has been proven to reduce symptoms of dermatitis, a disorder causing itchy, red skin. Probiotics add healthy bacteria to your gut and improve your digestive tract system, which in turn improves the overall health and function of your body.
- Remove sugar. Remove sugar and processed foods from your diet. Besides not having a rich nutritional value, processed foods can affect and worsen allergies and skin disorders.
- Herbal tea. Herbal teas have been shown to reduce inflammation that comes with eczema. Teas to try include chamomile tea, nettle tea or drinking Aloe Vera.
Like most common health issues, a healthy diet, exercise and reducing stress can be of great help. Environmental factors can have a large impact on skin and overall health of the body. By following a daily routine that includes eating natural foods, exercising regularly and eliminating excess stress, you can see your skin start to improve as well!