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Skin Health - Don't Let it Get under Your Skin!

Psychodermatology claims there is a correlation

between flaws in the ego and skin disorders.

Moreover, dermatological studies have shown that

the prevalence of active suicidal ideation among

psoriasis, acne and dermatitis or eczema sufferers

is about twice as high as for the general patient population.

Take psoriasis as an example. Medical consensus is that psoriasis can be managed but you’re basically’ stuck with it for life. However, naturopathic treatment can resolve all symptoms, provided the patient plays along and makes the necessary lifestyle changes.

Once skin symptoms have resolved, does that mean the sufferer has also overcome his or her imperfect ego or is the alleged correlation between having a blight upon your character and being afflicted with blemished skin the stuff of fairy tales where evil often equates to ugliness personified?

Let’s be honest, when we see someone with a severe skin affliction, don’t we, too, make certain assumptions about that person’s character? Has anyone ever seen a person suffering from severe eczema and wondered about the cleanliness of that person? Have we all read somewhere that acne comes from eating fat or chocolate? - No wonder sufferers get depressed!

There is some evidence that the homeopathic principle about the “direction of cure” (Hering’s Law of Cure) has validity, as may be particularly evident in skin diseases. This law states that we heal in the reverse order that symptoms have appeared over the course of the disease process or have been suppressed with drugs. The direction of cure is from within to the outside, from the internal organs to the skin. Hence, skin problems can be among the hardest to treat. The internal terrain must first be set right and imbalances corrected for skin problems to resolve with lasting results.

According to naturopathic philosophy, symptoms are a sign of vital energy and part of the body's attempt to heal itself. Thus, symptoms are viewed as constructive phenomena to be gently supported, rather than suppressed, by stimulating a more vigorous healing reaction, often expressed as a flare-up of symptoms.

The total lack of acute signs and symptoms can indicate either total well-being - the individual will know when this is the case – or very low vitality, as in chronic and serious disease.

The suppression of symptoms with drugs means that the body is prevented from full expression at the superficial level  (skin breakouts or mucous secretions or inflammatory responses in the respiratory or digestive tracts). Suppressive treatment drives the disease further inward.

Studies have shown, for example, that people who had childhood eczema were twice as likely to develop asthma following a decade or so of antibiotic use and/or anti-inflammatory medication. Similarly, the use of Accutane/Roaccutane for the treatment of acne is associated with subsequent development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, classified as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

Though it may be difficult to embrace those highly visible skin symptoms - even aware that they represent the body’s attempt to restore health - you’re ultimately being kinder to yourself if you choose to work with, not against, your body’s natural defences.

Phone me for an appointment. Let me help you look and feel beautiful again.