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Dermatitis

The "Cross Training" Support Program ® was developed by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac as a multi-layered health system for healing. This great resource is for those looking for a sensible and rational easy-to-use guide to the best researched alternative therapies. Developed and referenced from the foremost experts on nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, exercise, homeopathy, healing touch and the metaphysical arts, this program allows one to use an "across the board" methods in health and healing.

The following maladies are all situations that can be helped with Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes, Crystals and/or Homeopathy. These "Complementary Therapies" are the 'cross training program' of Alternative Medicine and is only a jumping point in the healing process. You may access other modalities at the menu bar to the left.

*Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment, or prescription of any kind. The decision to use, or not to use, any information is the sole responsibility of the reader.

Dermatitis

Dermatitis encompasses several skin disorders. Any skin inflammation may be considered dermatitis. Substances that irritate the skin, allergic reactions to drugs, detergents, and other chemicals are all culprits. Dermatitis can affect almost any area of the body. Redness, scaling, and thickening of the skin may occur. Pinpointing the cause of the problem is the first step toward alleviating the symptoms.

Dermatitis is not an age specific disorder and can appear on any one and can appear anywhere on the body, although as mentioned above, it is most often seen on legs, feet, arms and ears. There are often predispositions to this disorder. It is seen in heredity and can be traced through family history.

Dermatitis is divided into different classifications. Acute and chronic dermatitis are differentiated by a time period as well as symptoms. Acute dermatitis is seen with erythema and edema in papules, vesicles and sometimes large blisters. Chronic dermatitis is seen as lichenification, scaling and fissures. There is a thickening of the dermal layer. Contact dermatitis is another classification, which is skin irritation due to exogenous agents such as water and other fluids, abrasives such as cleaning products, chemicals such as acids and alkalis as well as solvents and detergents.

Eczema

Eczema is a type of dermatitis. It appears as dry, cracking, crusting and red patches on the skin. Often there are swelling, weeping blisters. The skin can become inflamed and itchy. These symptoms often appear on the hands, feet, legs and even the ears. Small fluid filled blisters also can appear on the skin. These symptoms become inflamed with a burning and itchy sensation, which often leads to scratching. When this condition is scratched excessively, it can lead to infection. This is often seen in children.

Many factors can contribute to eczema. Stress is a major underlying factor. It is considered a "trigger" for "1,000 diseases", as stress can bring on or activate skin disorders. Allergies , can be a trigger, as well. Exposure to cleaning compounds, perfumes, detergents, household chemicals, soaps, food allergies, as well as, nutrient deficiencies. There is often a family history of allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever, or eczema. People with atopic dermatitis often test positive to allergy skin tests. However, atopic dermatitis is not caused by allergies. The condition tends to get worse when the person is exposed to certain triggers.

In children, eczema can be traced back to allergic reactions to dairy products such as milk and eggs, also wheat, peanuts, peanut butter, as well as nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, egg plants and bell peppers.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that appears on the skin, usually in the form of thick, red, scaly patches. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. It has been referred to as the same process that a wound heals. If you cut yourself, the skin heals by regenerating the top layers. When the wound is healed, the process stops but for psoriasis sufferers, once this process is triggered by any of a number of factors, skin cells are stimulated to continue growing. This usually doesn't stop unless the cycle is interrupted with treatment.

Psoriasis is divided into acute phase psoriasis vulgaris and reoccurring chronic psoriasis vulgaris. These are divided into five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scales. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body.

Psoriasis is often associated with other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50 and affects men at a higher rate than women. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. Genes, the immune system and environmental factors are all believed to play a role in the onset of the disease. Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis are critical to relieve pain and inflammation and help prevent progressive joint damage.

Melasma

Melasma is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face. Melasma is a very common skin disorder. Though it can affect anyone, young women with brownish skin tones are at greatest risk.

It is also associated with female hormones and the balance of estrogen and progesterone. It is especially common in pregnant women, women who are taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause.

Sun exposure is also a strong risk factor for melasma. So please make sure that your hormones are balanced (regular period), if you are pregnant I would NOT use uva ursi or other herbs, as they may be contraindicated for pregnancy. If you are on birth control, (oral contraceptives), they will aggravate your condition until you stop them. If you are taking a HRT, (hormone replacement therapy) for menopause symptoms, then you may want to consider an herbal approach for menopause.

Urticaria

Urticaria, or hives, is the most frequently appearing dermatologic disorder in the clinic. It appears as raised, circumscribed areas of erythema and edema involving the dermis and epidermis that are very pruritic. Uticaria is an allergic reaction limited to the skin. It often results from: an allergy to certain foods; medications; insect stings or bites. Hives may appear as a symptom of some viral infections such as hepatitis, measles, and mononucleosis. Parasitic infections are common causes of urticaria in tropical climates. Non-infectious diseases are sometimes associated with urticaria, including lupus erythematosus, and hyper- and hypothyroidism. Some women develop urticaria during menstruation. Psychological factors may play a role in the etiology of chronic urticaria.

There is different etiology. One is allergic response from the interaction of antigen and antibody. Most urticaria especially acute urticaria is due to immune response. Second kind is due to histamine release. The third is factors cause blood vessel dilation. Fourth etiology is from irritation of blood vessel and inheritance. Allergic reaction is the most common reason for urticaria. Some biological, chemical and physiological factor can directly stimulate the release of histamine. Emotional stimuli, exercise can stimulate the release of histamine also. Urticaria can also be caused by lack of certain digestive enzymes. Some drugs, emotion, drinking alcohol can induce urticaria in sensitive people due to blood vessel dilation.

Urticaria may be acute (lasting less than 6 wk) or chronic (lasting more than 6 wk). Pathophysiology Urticaria results from the release of histamine, bradykinin, leukotriene C4, prostaglandin D2, and other vasoactive substances from mast cells and basophils in the dermis. These substances cause extravasation of fluid into the dermis, leading to the urticarial lesion. The intense pruritus of urticaria is a result of histamine released into the dermis. Histamine is the ligand for 2 membrane-bound receptors, the H1 and H2 receptors that are present on many cell types. The activation of the H1 histamine receptors on endothelial and smooth muscle cells leads to increased capillary permeability. The activation of the H2 histamine receptors leads to arteriolar and venule vasodilation. This process is caused by several mechanisms. The type I allergic IgE response is initiated by 26 antigen-mediated IgE immune complexes that bind and cross-link Fc receptors on the surface of mast cells and basophils, thus causing degranulation with histamine release.

Causes include: Food, drugs, infection, insect bite, emotion, physical stimulation can all cause urticaria.

1. Food: Food is often the major causative factor in acute urticaria. Such as seafood, shell fish, chicken, eggs, tomato, strawberry, garlic.

2. Drugs: such as vaccine, aspirin, and insulin.

3. Inhaled particles: pollen, dust, and animal dander.

4. Infection: Bacterial infection such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, UTI, upper respiratory tract infection, prostitis, hepatitis, and parasite ovum.

5. Insect bite: insect sting often causes urticaria. Mite, tic often cause urticaria papulosa.

6. Physical factor: Cold, heat, sunshine, friction and pressure can cause immune or non-immune urticaria.

7. Hereditary: Urticaria patient often has family history of allergies.


Herbal Remedies

Herbs that are beneficial for dermatitis (if you are not allergic to them) include burdock root, chamomile, cedarwood, dandelion, marigold, red clover, thyme, and verbena.

A study published in the British Medical Journal Lancet showed a significant improvement in eczema when patients took high doses of Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) in capsule form. There have been some reports that EPO can help in cases of atopic dermatitis. It takes a rather large number of these expensive capsules to produce results and it can take at least six months to see any results.

Flaxseed oil taken internally or applied externally often eases symptoms of eczema.

Aloe vera gel and Calendula lotion or cream can sooth irritated skin.

Take 500 milligrams of Black Currant Oil twice a day. Give children under 12 half that dose. This takes six to eight weeks to produce the desired effect.

Burdock Root - Helps to purify blood and restore the liver to aid in a restful sleep. Helps to reduce build up of toxins in the skin resulting in boils and other skin disorders. Helps gallbladder functions and stimulates the immune system.

Chamomile - Chamomile's medicinal properties range from skin inflammations to lightening hair to treating digestive problems. As a mild sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, it improves digestion by relaxing the muscles throughout the gastrointestinal system and it can induce an overall sense of calm and well-being.

Dandelion - is a leading remedy for detoxing the liver. It stimulates the flow of bile, a fluid that aids fat digestion, which is why it's used for liver and gallbladder disorders. Dandelion has scientifically documented potent diuretic properties. It relieves constipation and eases bloating and swelling. Dandelion should be used for 4 to 6 weeks at a time. For it's liver benefits dandelion is helpful for skin disorders.

Red Clover - is an herb suggested for chronic conditions affecting the skin. It is a diuretic, but it's unknown exactly how it works for skin conditions. Use nonfermented red clover which is safe. Red clover contains a substance called genistein, which has anticancer properties.

Thyme Leaf - The pungent oils found in Thyme are an effective anti microbial in the treatment of respiratory infections. When taking Thyme, people often note tasting it on their breath as the oils permeate through the respiratory system to reduce the proliferation of viruses during infections. It also warms the digestion and reduces metabolic congestion, aiding to clear the body of conditions for infection.

Aloe vera looks like a cactus with soft leaves. The fluid contained in the leaves has been used for centuries to treat burns and minor wounds. Today, aloe gel is used frequently as an ingredient in cosmetics, creams, ointments and suntan lotions. A study published in 1996 in Tropical Medicine and International Health found that aloe vera was very effective in the treatment of psoriasis. By the end of the 16-week study, a cream with aloe vera extract caused a significant clearing of psoriasis in 25 of 30 patients, compared to two out of 30 with the placebo. However, a study published in May 2005 in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology found that the effect of commercial aloe vera gel on stable plaque psoriasis was modest and not much better than placebo.

Apple cider vinegar and many different types of vinegar (derived from dates, figs, etc.) have been used by many ancient cultures for medicinal purposes. Apple cider vinegar has been used throughout the years as a disinfectant or soothing agent. The Psoriasis Foundation hears from people who apply apple cider vinegar to their skin as a treatment for psoriasis. People add it to the bath, mix it with a moisturizer, soak fingernails and toenails in it, and apply it directly to the skin with cotton balls or pads.

Capsaicin, a natural ingredient found in cayenne peppers, has been shown in some studies to work on redness, scaling and itching of the skin. Researchers have shown that capsaicin interrupts the action of substance P, (a molecule which affects how the brain recognizes pain and itch sensations) at the nerve ending. In two separate studies with psoriasis patients, 0.025% capsaicin cream used topically was effective in decreasing scaling and redness. The main side effect was a short-lived burning sensation. Several studies indicate that topical capsaicin products can also help reduce joint pain associated with psoriatic arthritis. Capsaicin can cause a severe burning sensation if it comes in contact with the eyes, nasal passages or mucous membranes.

Emu oil is reported to be helpful for dermatitis suffers of all kinds, as this oil has a protective and softening effect on the skin. The exact mechanism by which emu oil works is not known.

Oats and oat extracts have been used for centuries as soothing topical agents. Oat plant derivatives have been used to manage dry, itchy skin conditions. Many bath products include colloidal oatmeal as the active ingredient. You can make your own oatmeal bath. Combine one cup oats, one quarter cup dried milk and two tablespoons apricot kernel oil. Pulverize the oats and dry milk in a food processor or blender. Gradually mix in the oil. Place the mixture in a cotton bag, sock or handkerchief and put in the tub while filling. To release the preparation, squeeze while soaking in the bath.


Herbal Combinations and Formulas

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably.

Shake the tincture bottle well. As a dietary supplement, place 1 to 3 droppers (under the tongue, or in juice or water as needed, 2-3 times a day.

Blood Purifer Tincture - Pau D' Arco, Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Burdock, Sarsaparilla, Dandelion, Cascara Sagada & Buckthorn.

Essiac Tincture - Burdock, Sheep Sorrel, Turkey Rhubarb & Slippery Elm.

Immunity Tincture - Astragalus, Pau D'Arco, Suma, Dandelion root, Oatstraw, Kelp.


Herbal Teas

In a stainless steel pot, boil desired amount of water. The moment it boils turn the heat off. Add the following herbs in an infuser, muslin bag or tea ball for a single cup or add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup for larger amounts. Allow the herbs to infuse for up to 5 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. For flavor-add lemon and sweeten with Stevia or organic honey. These herbs are helpful for gently cleanses, purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory. This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon and stimulates circulation.

Immune Builder Tea- When taken on a regular basis, this tea helps to build and strengthen the immune system. Astrugalus, Echinacea, Hawthorne, Peppermint, Spearmint.

Detox Tea- Stimulates the immune system and purifies the blood. Helps with many skin disorders. Helps to sooth inflamed mucous membranes of the bowels, stomach, and urinary tract. Burdock Root, Dandelion, Slippery Elm Bark, Turkey Rhubarb Root.


Aromatherapy Remedies

Aromatherapy can help with hives, eczema, dermatitis, bee stings inflammation, and dryness. Helpful, are Essential oils such as Chamomile, Cedarwood, Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, Lemon, Myrrh, Thyme.

Aromatherapy is extremely helpful with stress! Reducing stress, anxiety, boost immunity, and relieve numerous conditions all caused by stress. Stress reduction is one of aromatherapy's specialties! Helpful, are Essential oils such as Bergamot, Chamomile, Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang will relax you. Where as Basil, Geranium, Rosemary... will recharge, revitalize and stimulate you. Rosemary and Geranium oils also strengthen the adrenal glands, which are effected by stress.

Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil or add a few drops to a moisturizing lotion and massage into the skin for sore muscle treatments or stress release. Use anytime, especially before bed for calming and inducing sleep. Add a few drops to boiling water and lean over it with a towel for a steam facial, or diffuse to help ease tension and stress. Diffuse for balancing and help with calming down. Inhale the essential oils deeply as they diffuse into the air.

Baths, diffuser blends, inhalants, massage oils as well as, skin treatments, hair treatments and body treatments all allow you to pamper yourself while improving the condition of your body, your mental state, as well as, your emotional/spiritual well-being.

3 times a day, morning, noon and night, utilize these blends of essential oils:

Angel's Mist Dermatitis Massage Essential Oil Remedy Blend

Angel's Mist Dermatitis Compress Essential Oil Remedy Blend

Angel's Mist Dermatitis Bath Essential Oil Remedy Blend.


Hydrotherapy

The mysterious and amazing healing power of water has been utilized for centuries. Water cleanses, refreshes and restores all life. We are always drawn to water. Be it a soothing fountain or majestic waterfall. Water is a carrier. It flows. It moves along the line of least resistance to find its way to the ocean where comes and goes in the ebb and flow of tides and waves. The appeal is inexplicable! We crave water, maybe because our bodies are made up of a large percent of it. Maybe beacuse we instinctively know how it can heal us.

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of dis-ease. Hydrotherapy was used by the ancient Greek physicians. The use of baths for such purposes as well as for religious purification, personal cleanliness, and private or social relaxation dates from at least the time of ancient Greece. A German, Vincenz Priessnitz, popularized the use of spas in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, where they are still popular today.

Hydrotherapy has a number of uses. Warm water will relax spasm; thus, hydrotherapy has been useful in treating such conditions as muscular strains and sprains, muscular fatigue, and backache. Heat is often used in conjunction with massage or other manipulative or stimulative treatments, such as the whirlpool bath. Sitz baths (sitting in hot water) are effective in the treatment of many disorders. Water is also useful in physical therapy because patients who exercise in a buoyant medium can move weak parts of their bodies without contending with the strong force of gravity.

Soaking in dead sea salt is a well known remedy for psoriasis with dramatic results though its maintenance. The same is used in joint inflammation and assisting in detoxification, restoring minerals and increasing circulation.

Some patients who suffer from idopathic (unexplained) skin, rashes, dermatitis or reddening of the skin have found amazing relief from soaking in sea salt.

Take warm bath. Fill the bath tub with warm water. As the tub fills with water add 2 spoons of Angel's Mist Deep Soak Sea Salts to the bath water. Soak for 15-20 minutes.

Take an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal soothes irritation and reduces itching. For an additional soothing treat, add milled oatmeal to the bath, and even using oatmeal as a soap substitute. For the bath, pour 2 cups of milled oatmeal into a tub of lukewarm water. Milled oatmeal is simply oatmeal that has been ground to fine powder that will remain suspended in water. Add a cup of Witch Hazel and dilute it in the bath water for additional relief. For use as a soap substitute, try Angel's Mist Oatmeal Exfoliation Soap. Dunk it in water and use as you would normal soap.


Nutritional Advise

Diet can greatly influence dermatological responsiveness or lack of it, as can exposure to potentially irritating substances and pollutants.

The skin MUST be fed! Our body needs essential minerals, vitamins and amino acids, fatty acids and water. If our body's do not receive them, we experience malnutrition. Malnutrition is the condition that occurs when your body does not get enough nutrients. Internally, our optimum health is determined by several mechanisms. These include our digestion, absorption, metabolism, and genetic makeup. These systems work in a complexed and synergistic process and since individuals differ in so many ways, including genetically, our optimal health is different for each individual. Discovering your OWN individual course of action and approach to healing is YOUR responsibility. It is up to you to learn what works best for you and what does not. Therefore, trial and error are very important when it comes to understanding what foods, nutrients and minerals are going to help you heal.

Water is essential in any healing process. 6-8 eight ounce glasses per day are recommended.

Excessive protein may irritate the immune system and keep it in a state of over reactivity. The protein in cow's milk, specifically, is a frequent offender, and for people with a genetic predisposition to skin disorders may be a hidden cause of problems. One general treatment strategy, therefore, is to follow a low-protein diet and try to eliminate milk and milk products.

Food allergies can play a major role during childhood. They are related before age 6. You can manipulate an infant's diet and do well in helping their skin. Eggs, orange juice, and milk have been implicated as aggravators in children. Parents should consult with their physicians about trying elimination diets. In general, these are foods that should not be eliminated. It is only after testing them out by, by first eliminating them and then re-introducing them back into the diet. Such diets seem to work best in infants less than 2 years old. After age 6, it is believed by experts that food plays a minimal role in most people.

For adults, diet manipulation should be undergone by each individual. If you think there's any food you eat that has an adverse effect on your body, avoid it and see what happens, If your problem clears up, you may have a food allergy. Other foods that have shown to aggravate eczema include corn, corn syrup, popcorn, corn meal and corn starch. This ingredient is found in hundreds of processed food products.

Alcohol appears to be a risk factor for psoriasis in men but not women. It would therefore be prudent for men with psoriasis to drink moderately, if at all.

Some evidence suggests that people with psoriasis may improve on a hypoallergenic diet. Eliminating gluten (found in wheat, oats, rye, and barley) improved psoriasis for some people.

A nutritionist can help individuals with psoriasis determine whether gluten or other foods are contributing to their skin condition.

Are you ready to try eliminating foods? Try Andrew's Allergy Elimination Diet

Fish oil has shown to reduced the severity of psoriasis. One study showed that applying a preparation containing 10% fish oil directly to psoriatic lesions twice daily resulted in improvement after seven weeks. Supplementing with fish oil also may help prevent the increase in blood levels of triglycerides that occurs as a side effect of certain drugs used to treat psoriasis (e.g., Etretinate and Acitretin).

Vitamin D for men and Vitamin D for women that is present in food, supplements or manufactured by sunlight is converted in the body into a powerful hormone-like molecule called 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. That compound and a related naturally occurring molecule (1 alpha-hydroxyvitamin D3) have been found to be helpful when given orally to people with psoriasis. Topical application of these compounds has worked well in some studies. These activated forms of vitamin D are believed to work by preventing the excessive proliferation of cells that occurs in the skin of people with psoriasis.

1. Eating a diet that focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits.

2. Eat whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

3. Avoiding drugs, excessive coffee and alcohol.

4. Taking a high potency multiple vitamin and also consider flax, fish or borage oil and mineral supplements.

5. Take nutritional/herbal supplements to promote and enhance skin health and function.

6. Fasting is one of the best ways to increase elimination of wastes and enhance the healing process of the body and skin.

Juice Therapy is an excellent way to get your fruits and vegetable fresh and in their natural form. Blending fruits and/or vegetables into a great juice creation or smoothie can be an excellent snack or meal replacement. Consider Andrew's great juice and smoothie recipes for skin disorders!

What You Should Avoid or Limit:

Limit foods that have little or no fiber such as ice cream, cheese, meat, snacks like chips and pizza, and processed foods such as instant mashed potatoes or already-prepared frozen dinners. Too much white flour and refined sugar, two major constipation causers, means you need more fiber.

What you don't eat may be even more important than what you do eat. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar, because they tend to worsen skin issues. If you can't avoid them, then at least cut down.

Limit Caffeine: Caffeine is something many people in America and Europe are used to having in their daily lives. Many studies have shown that this addictive stimulant can help produce symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and jitters. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, many sodas and even certain medications. Always ask your doctor about a medication containing caffeine before using it. Also, ask the doctor if there is an alternative medication if your medicine contains caffeine. Based on the current research I have found on caffeine shows that 24 ounces a day is beneficial.

Reduce Processed and Refined Foods:

Processed food can rob your food of nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to fight off stress and promote good health. Try to buy whole foods, unprocessed foods and try and stay away from "instant" foods, preservatives, artificial flavors, saturated fat and MSG.

Reduce Sugar Intake:

Too much sugar can rob our body of essential nutrients. Consider replacing sugar with Stevia the natural sweetener from the Stevia plant. Artificial sweetener can also cause anxiety as well as other health concerns.

Reduce Alcohol Intake:

In small amounts, alcohol can be good for your heart but too much alcohol is not a good thing for your body and too large of an intake increases your body's need for extra vitamins. The body has a harder time using oxygen. As a result, you can become more sensitive to stress, which in turn can aggravate your skin.


Homeopathy

This medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. Homeopathy not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and "holistic" approach. This often leads to a complete recovery from the dis-ease, as well as, providing an improved understanding of the patient's situation. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and homeopathy stimulates the body's natural defense system by re-establishing normal immune system and cell functioning.

Dermatitis:

Apis Mellifica 30c if symptoms occur due to an allergic reaction to food or chemicals. Red swollen skin that burns, hives.

Graphites 6c for when skin appears red, inflamed and infected.

Petroleum 6c if there are deep cracks and have a watery discharge.

Rhus Toxicodendron 6c for symptoms of intense itching, pain is worse after scratching, restlessness.

Sulfur 6c if symptoms occur such as burning, itching, redness or a sensation of heat.

Urtica Urens 6c for what is considered a "nettle type" rash and itchiness.

Psoriasis:

Arsenicum album people likely to respond to this remedy usually are anxious, restless, and compulsively neat and orderly. They are often deeply chilly, experience burning pains with many physical complaints, and become exhausted easily. The skin is dry and scaly and may tend to get infected. Scratching can make the itching worse, and applying heat brings relief.

Calcarea carbonica is suited to people who are easily fatigued by exertion, sluggish physically, chilly with clammy hands and feet, and often overweight. Skin problems tend to be worse in winter. Typically solid and responsible, these people can be overwhelmed by too much work and stress. Anxiety, claustrophobia, and fear of heights are common. Cravings for sweets and eggs are often also seen when Calcarea is needed.

Graphites people needing this remedy often have a long-term history of skin disorders. The skin looks tough or leathery skin with cracks and soreness. Itching is often worse from getting warm, and the person may scratch the irritated places till they bleed. Trouble concentrating, especially in the morning, is also often seen when this remedy is needed.


Hypnotherapy

Dermatitis has multiple roots. One is inherited, since these conditions are more frequent in children of parents with allergic and dermatitis histories. Another is in the mind and nervous system. Emotional Stress can trigger skin reactions, and relaxation techniques can moderate them. A person who is strongly allergic to daisies may react to the sight of a plastic daisy, demonstrating the involvement of mind over body in the learned aspect of these inappropriate immune responses.

Skin disorders cross-over the mind/body border. There is no question about its physical reality, since you can die from an allergic reaction, but you can also make it vanish by changing your mental and emotional state. It is a fact that severe cases disappear when people switched jobs, left a spouse, or eliminated sources of stress.

One way to take advantage of the mind/body connection in search of dermatitis relief, is to experiment with hypnotherapy. Hypnosis can lessen or completely prevent allergic reactions and can facilitate the immune system's unlearning of its pointless habits. Contact Andrew for a local Hypnotherapy.


Managing Your Dermatitis

Dermatitis is aggravated by dehumidified air, especially during winter months when forced-air heat circulates in the home. Forced-air heat is more drying than other types of heat. Since dry air tends to aggravate the itching of eczema or dermatitis, keeping indoor air moist should be a primary concern of sufferers and their families. If you can counter dry air with a good humidifier, then forced-air heat is not as much of a problem. Humidifiers are like air conditioners, you really need a big unit to do anything. If you sleep next to it, however, that's okay. Put it next to your bed.

This is even more so with steroid drugs (cortisone and related compounds). Never use cortisone, prednisone, or other steroid drugs to treat skin reactions unless they are very severe or life-threatening. If you must take these powerful hormones, limit your use of them to two weeks. Steroids perpetuate dermatitis through their suppressive action. They also lower immunity.

Air-conditioning your house is probably the single most important thing you can do to alleviate pollen problems and it can help with two other chief inhalants: molds and dust mites.

Vitamin C has antihistamine activity. Vitamin C supplementation has been reported to help people with hay fever in preliminary research. Consider 3,000 - 6,000 mg of Vitamin C in divided doses, per day.

Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, might act synergistically with Vitamin C as both have antihistamine activity. Although some doctors of natural medicine advise people with hay fever to take 400 mg of Quercetin two to three times per day, only limited preliminary clinical research has yet suggested that Quercetin benefits people with this condition.


Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually practiced, and professionally administered health care system in the world. It is a documented medical system spanning over 2,500 years based on comprehensive philosophies, rational theories, clinically tested and empirically verified by over 100 generations of highly educated practitioners. Chinese Medicine is a total system of internal medicine which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based on signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, diet and meditation. It�s foundation is based on the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and Yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, an imbalance of energy or Qi in a particular meridian or organ system can cause physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. When emotions are held on to over long periods of time, or when they result from a particularly stressful or traumatic event, they can become causes of illness. Emotions also can result from an imbalanced flow of Qi or blood. Therefore, emotions can be the cause or the symptom of a disorder.

A TCM practitioner aims to restore balance to the body. When the body's energy is flowing properly to all tissues of the body, a person is better able to deal with stress and its effects. The TCM practitioner will diagnose the effects of stress on the different body systems.

Traditional Chinese medicine often views eczema and skin disorders as related to Wind, noting that symptoms come and go rapidly, cause congestion, and make the person want to avoid windy situations. This Wind often coexists with a deficiency of the Protective or Wei Qi, deficiencies of the Spleen and Stomach systems and components of dampness and heat in the body. Also blood deficiencies, blood heat and toxins are also cited for causes leading to this disorder.

The acupuncturist also looks for constitutional or more deeply-rooted signs in each person who presents with allergy symptoms. The principle here is treating the whole person. Often people with chronic allergies also have eczema and show signs of Spleen or Kidney Deficiency as well as Lung signs according to TCM.

Xiao Yan Qing Shi Shuang used in the ancient world for centuries, this herbal formula is made into a soothing, skin calming lotion that is applied morning and night. Andrew has developed one of the best non-steroidal lotions to treat a wide variety of dermatitis conditions.

Eczema Gao is based on an ancient herbal formula that is made into a soothing, anti-inflammatory lotion that is applied morning and night. Used for chronic cases of eczema, Andrew has developed this non-steroidal lotions to treat all eczema conditions.

Wind Cream Psoriasis Care is based on a traditional Chinese herbal formula that is made into a skin calming lotion and is applied morning and night. Andrew has developed this incredible non-steroidal lotions to treat all chronic psoriasis conditions.

Visit Your TCM practitioner for a proper diagnosis and treatment.


Healing Touch Therapy:

There are many different approaches to massage and applications of it. "Massage Therapy" is a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body; digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach.

Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage not only treats those parts of you which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.

Massage for dermatitis is effective by detoxing the whole system and can be done with soothing Eczema massage oils or relaxing body lotions in order for the practitioner's hands to "glide" over the body with smooth, relaxing strokes.

Learn How to Give a Massage. This step by step method will help you learn just how to make your subject feel great!

The Crystal Facial Massage works on a deep esoteric level allowing not only the physical body enjoyment and total relaxation but the stones will enhance a positive, reconnecting flow of energy which will allow you to bring up, recognize and clear emotional blocks.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy. is recommended for this condition. It is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy with river bed stones which draw out stress, tension and impurities from the body.


Emotional Aspects:

There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or "excess emotions" that will lead to illness. The following therapies are utilized for calming the mind, help with stress relief and focuses on our mental powers over any situation. The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual self is up to you. Here are some suggestions:

Does Your Dermatitis Have An Emotional Response?

  • Emotional Problems and Mental Stress are often a cause of eczema in both adults and children.
  • People with eczema can develop reactions due to anger, fear and emotional destress.


  • Stress, Anxiety and Worry can be managed by talking about your feelings when they seem to get out of hand.


  • Metaphysical expert Louise Hay agrees: "Eczema relates to breath taking antagonism and mental eruptions!"
  • Consider stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation, exercise, candle and crystal therapies.


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Counseling and Psychotherapy:

Dermatitis disorders are responsive to counseling and to a wide variety of psychotherapies. Just talking things out, sorting things out in your mind, can help out stress levels. During the past several decades, there has been an increasing enthusiasm for focused, time-limited therapies that address ways of coping with anxiety symptoms directly, rather than exploring unconscious conflict or other personal vulnerabilities.

Emotional issues play a big part in skin disorders. Changing the way you think, can change a life of stress and discomfort to a life of challenge and excitement. Thinking about a success or a past achievement is excellent when you're feeling uncertain and stress. You are instantly reminded that you've achieved before, and there's no reason you shouldn't achieve this time.

Researchers at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital in England, in a five year study, discovered that more than two-thirds of the people with chronic skin problems had experienced a "major life event", such as a serious illness or death in the family, just before or occurring at the same time as their skin problems.

Positive affirmations can always be used by repeating them when you feel stressed. They don't have to be complicated. Just saying aloud "I can handle this" to yourself or "I know exactly what I am doing" will work. It pulls you away from the animal reflex to stress, the quick breathing, the cold hands�and toward the reasoned response, the intellect, the part of you that really can handle it. It's necessary to think these thoughts consciously because doing so automatically changes the mind-set that's producing the stress. If you're reciting an affirmation, you're not thinking about whatever bothers you.



Dream Therapy:

The implication is that psychological re-organization of large patterns of information allows the body to heal itself psychically. Curiosity and imagination may be the bottom line that makes the difference between wellness and illness. If you give your subconscious enough data, it seems to filter through and find what it needs.

The beginning of religions have all been attributed to the attempts of interpreting and understanding dreams. These visual images that appear during sleep cycles can convey many messages. Based on a particular culture, the meaning of dreams can vary in their scope and interpretation. One book, "Oneirocritia", was written by Artemidorus- a Roman philosopher in the 2nd century A.D., has served as the foundation of many other dream interpretation books. Psychologist Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, who have both embrassed the important significance of dream interpretation, have given credit to Artemidorus' work.

Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, interpreted people's dreams in order to help them unearth hidden feelings. Jung, a Swiss psychologist, who initially followed in Freud's footsteps, developed theories of Anima (women) and Animus (men) involving the feminine and masculine principles and the collective unconscious symbols known as Archetypes.

Each dream is a message from the subconscious mind relating a message about the dreamer�s current state of awareness. The dream message has immediacy, applying to the thoughts and attitudes of the previous 24 to 48 hours. Everything in the dream, each person, place or thing represents some aspect, quality or way of thinking of the dreamer. In this picture language of dreams, what has been studied and taught for the past quarter century at the School of Metaphysics as the Universal Language of the Mind, lies truth that will open the dreamer's eyes to the reality of his own thinking, to the consciousness of the Self and to the ideals of the soul.

We seek detachment from a chaotic, confusing, baffling world. And we seek it in dreams, and fantasy.

By living with imagination, and learning to make real our dreams, we come to realize that ours is not a single, unique, isolated experience, but related to others dreams. Our myth has been dreamed by others. This is a myth that comes from the unconscious, which is not isolated and unique, but universal.

Dream analysis can help with stressful situations. It can help to explain your anxiety or fears that are getting in the way of your productive life. Consider a Dream Interpretation.


Yoga Therapy:

Yoga poses can be good alternatives to "traditional" health remedies because they relax the body and mind, improve circulation and respiration, reduce tension and help the body through it's healing process.

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The Yogic breath exercise can be done without instruction, without danger, and with a good chance that your discomfort and stressful feelings will be reduced. Relaxation Breath is the most powerful tool for stress management.

Sit up, with your back straight in any position. Place your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise. Exhale completely through your mouth.

Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight. Repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths. Try to do this breathing exercise at least twice a day. You can repeat the whole sequence as often as you wish, but don't do it more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. This exercise is fairly intense and has a profound effect on the nervous system.

Deep Diaphram Breath

Sit with your legs crossed in a comfortable position. Breathe slowly and evenly from your diaphragm, through your nose. Fill your lower abdomen, lungs, then chest with air. Hold for a four count then slowly exhale the air out from your chest, lungs, then lower abdomen. Repeat 3 or 4 times. That's it! Just allow your shoulders to drop and your face relax as you breath, deep.

Also consider Breath Exercises, Child's Pose, Cat, Head to Knee, Knee to Chest, Laying Down Twist, Standing and Seated Forward Bends, Standing Knee Squeeze..


Meditation Therapy:

Meditation is a time-honored technique that can take you into infinite dimensions of consciousness. One major principle to meditation is in the ability to completely quiet your mind. Quieting the mind comes as a result of meditating over a long period of time, but any time you are looking within, you are meditating.

There are many meditation methods. Some are passive and others are active -- not in the physical sense, but in the sense that you actually do something during meditation. Meditators learn to focus their awareness and direct it onto an object: the breath, a phrase or word: a mantra, repeated silently, a memorized inspirational phrase, an image in the mind's eye. Researchers have documented immediate benefits in terms of lowered blood pressure, decreased heart and respiratory rate, increased blood flow, and other measurable signs of the relaxation response.

Meditation will calm an agitated mind, creating optimal physical and mental health, undo our sense of separateness, which is the common root of fear and misery, unify consciousness, putting us in touch with our higher self and connect us to higher consciousness. Meditation restructures the mind, allowing us to achieve our full potential as human beings.

Fold your hands gently in your lap and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Then just sit. If you have never meditated before, you will probably feel as if your mind is full of thoughts. Don't try to stop the thoughts, just watch them. Imagine that you are on the bank of a river and that your thoughts are the river going by. Don't try to stop the river, just watch it. Within a week, you will see the river begin to slow down. You may become impatient, or even bored. That's okay. If you find yourself complaining, just watch the thoughts pass by. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. You may find that you fall asleep because you are so relaxed. That's good because, in many ways, you have begun to let go. Continue at this pace and each day allow just alittle more time for yourself to meditate. Doing this allows you to relax and forget about time.

Consider the amazing power of the Deluxe Meditation Kit . Whether for meditation, quiet reflection or for creating a peaceful environment to be yours, the opportunity awaits those ready to explore the world of meditation!


Color Therapy

When you are balanced, you can more effectively fight dis-ease, rid your system of toxins, as well as, negative patterns. You can achieve balance through the vibrational remedy and application of color. Color inteacts with the human energy system in a unique way to stablize physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions.

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Blue - is peaceful and soothing. Calming tired nerves, alleviating agony and pain we suffer from physical stress. It has a pacifying effect over our nervous system and brings us great relaxation. Cool, soothing and sedative, blue alleviates pain, reducing bleeding and heals burns. It is beneficial in the treatment of dysentery, colic, asthma, respiratory disorders, high blood pressure and skin aberrations.

Green - gives a feeling of renewal, new life, freshness, and clarity. The heart is the center of the soul and it is the heart that makes us one with our fellow man. Most importantly, it harbors love energy, the leading principle of life. Being with loved ones, family, and friends, strengthens the heart energy.

Yellow - corresponds to the biggest nerve plexus in the body, the solar plexus. Through the solar plexus, all the digestive organs such as the stomach, liver, spleen, gall bladder and pancreas are affected. Yellow is used to find warmth and radiant energy. It helps with flexibility, self awareness, self control and keeping your personal power. Yellow gives logic, humor, efficiency and organization.

Determine what color you need. Learn more about your personal Color Therapy Analysis.


Music/Sound Therapy:

Vibrational medicine, which validates that everything in the universe is in a state of vibration and the frequency at which an object or person most naturally vibrates is called resonance. The chakras, bones, and organs in the body all possess a different resonant frequency. When an organ or part of the body is vibrating out of tune or nonharmoniously, it is called "dis ease" or disease. A body is in a healthy state of being when each cell, each organ creates a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being.

Music is a powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. It has been proven that the type of music that makes a person relax or become receptive is not any one kind. It all depends on the individual and their affinity with it.

Healing Music is recommended for stress reduction by soothing the sympathetic nervous system.


Metaphysical Remedies:

The power of your mind and your belief system has everything to do with the condition, the speed and the way that you heal.

* Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our minds do subconsciously to get us through hard times. The other portion of this is how we "program" ourselves to deal with any given situation.

* Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves!

* Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!

* Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, sometimes makes a signifcant difference. This is always an important element in healing that is often neglected.


Self Empowerment

When the personality comes fully to serve the energy of the soul, THIS is authentic empowerment! Below are the Priorities of Life. These are the attributes and ideals which take precedence in our lives. ALL these priorities are easily obtainable!

Each Empowerment "Priorities of Life" Kit contains: the specific ingredients for completing your "Guiding Principle" Affirmations. The kit contains many precious ingredients, including herbs, candle, blessed oil, incense, complete instructions and much more! These kits are fun, educational, and a reaffirming way of creating positive energy, confidence, and the desire to achieve what you want in life!! Each kit also comes with a FREE HEALING CRYSTALS and Beautiful Gift Bag!!
Learn more about this this empowerment kit.


Crystal Remedy Reference

Crystals have both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of energy.

Offering a balanced energy field, energy modification, amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with the chakra energy areas.

The Complete Chakra Kit stimulates the seven main energy sources which govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the body's energy in order to allow healing to take place.

Crystal Medicine Pouches are based on the Native American Medicine Pouches, each suede pouch comes with several crystals, sage for cleansing negativity and the best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!!

Crystal Empowerment Pouches are individually filled with several crystals to strengthen and enhance the best energy for each situation. Each suede pouch comes with several crystals and best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!!

Crystal Elixirs are wonderfully scented oils come in .05 ounce roll-on bottles and contain genuine crystals in vibrationally compatible essential oil blends. They are fantastic for Chakra work, energy healing, as an Aura Balancer, as a balancing perfume oil or simply as a "refresher" for your Gem Potpourri. Crystal Elixir oil blends are used externally.

Gem Essence are the infusion of crystals, spring water and the power of the sun/moon in a bottle! These essence work in harmony with the body by interacting with our bio-sheath and are natural and self-adjusting. When crystals are activated by natural sunlight, they transfer their vibrational signature into water, creating a remedy that is safe, effective and used in conjunction with all modalities of healing. Gem Essence waters can be used internally.

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* Mind Medicine, Belief Systems, Emotional Healing

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