Skin health is dependent on the health of your inner organs. Anciently, a Chinese health practitioner would diagnose the health of a person by looking at the body, the skin in particular, and especially the face. It's like seeing what's going on inside, similar to a cat scan of today, where certain signs show various aspects of the health of the organs. This tradition has been used for centuries.
Unfortunately, modern medical diagnosis still cannot tell us where skin problems originate. Most skin complaints tend to be rashes or hives which are hard to cure despite treatment with anti-histamines and topical steroid creams. (They just temporarily relieve symptoms.)
Natural medicine recognizes skin problems as a liver imbalance. Remember, the liver has several hundred functions it performs, and poor health habits that come with our American lifestyle can overwhelm its ability to function properly. Liver health can be compromised by poor sleep habits, using tobacco, alcohol, soda pop, stimulants, and eating fast food.
One of the easiest ways to recognize liver imbalance is when a person is angry, irritable, or grumpy! Let's look at some of the physical signs to see if there is a liver imbalance:
- A person experiences physical problems on the right side of the body.
- There are yellow or brown pigmentations on the skin; age spots, also called liver spots.
- The whites of the eyes may have a yellow cast.
- The tongue has a yellow coating.
So how do you make the liver happy? (If the liver is in good health, so are you.) First, mend your dietary ways by improving the quality of food you eat. Eating vegetables like beets and artichokes can also improve liver health. Reduce your stress, and sleep at least 8 hours a night.
Herbs can be very helpful. I have observed many people with skin rashes respond quickly by using herbs. Scientific research tells us these two herbs are good for liver health: Dandelion root is a mild liver cleanser and protector (eat your weeds). Its bitterness stimulates digestion and liver health. (Most bitter things improve the liver.) Milk thistle protects the liver and can even help with people suffering with hepatitis.
Improve your liver, and get rid of those angry skin rashes, naturally.
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