Natural medicines involve a wide range of natural therapies that work on both the physical and emotional body. They can have many benefits for skin conditions, as they work on body deficiencies and sensitivities, blood circulation, liver function, emotional or hormonal imbalances, and a lot more.
Herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, aromatherapy and homeopathy are probably the most well-known natural therapies for skin conditions.
However, many others can also help a lot too, including tissue salts, flower essences, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, massage, colonic irrigation, allergy testing/treatments, iridology.
Let’s talk about some of these natural therapies.
Tissue Salts, also called cell salts or Schuessler salts are inorganic mineral substances. They are often confused with homeopathic products, but there are some differences. Although they are prepared using the homeopathic method, they work differently. Tissue salts are mineral complexes formulated to rectify cellular mineral imbalances.
Dr Schuessler, a 19th Century German physician, recognised them as the material basis of the organs of the body. He indentified 12 Tissue Salts which are responsible for maintenance of normal cell function: calcium, chlorine, fluorine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silica, sodium, and sulphur.
When one or more of these elements become deficient, a health problem can arise. Normal cell function can be restored by supplementing with the lacking minerals. As using homeopathy, using tissue salts is safe and compatible with other medications. They are a good choice for both infants and the elderly to treat physical symptoms.
Preparation of tissue salts is also similar to that of homeopathic remedies and are normally available in 6X and occasionally as 12X strength tablets.
In case of a skin condition, the deficient minerals that are commonly administered to correct cellular mineral imbalances are:
- Calc fluor (calcium fluoride) for the elastic fibres of the body (skin, muscles and blood vessels) and for the surface of bones and teeth. It is used for haemorrhoids and varicose veins
- Calc sulph (calcium sulphate) for blood cleansing and pimples. It is used for wounds slow to heal, boils, ulcers, abscesses and acne.
- Kali sulph (potassium sulphate) for cell oxygenation. It helps circulatory problems, inflammations, various skin problems.
- Silica (silica) for hair, skin and nails.
Bach flower remedies
You may have heard of them, especially one product called rescue remedy to help calm and relax you. Bach flower remedies are essences of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the 1930s.
It is a system of 38 Flower Essences that corrects emotional disharmonies that are currently occurring within the body. They are safe to take and work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and other medications.
The remedies are used primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress. Because the underlying causes of some skin conditions are emotional or psychological, Bach flower remedies can also be a helpful treatment.
Acupuncture and acupressure
Acupuncture and acupressure are ancient healing arts developed in Asia over thousands of years ago. Both arts use key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities.
The only difference is that acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood. As a result, it aids the body to heal.
There are several kinds of acupressure: Shiatsu, for instance, uses firm pressure applied to each point for only three to five seconds, while the Jin Shin style of acupressure gently holds each point for a minute or more.
Both acupuncture and acupressure are used for relieving pain, balancing the body, and enabling the body to relax. Good for stress relief, it also helps regulate blood circulation,therefore, can improve the skin.
Reflexology is a method of balancing the body by using gentle touch or massage to reflex areas in the feet or hands.
By stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands, you are increasing circulation and promoting specific bodily and muscular functions.
The idea is that areas on the foot (or hands) correspond to areas of the body, and that by manipulating these, one can improve health.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic skin conditions. It helps relieve stress and pain in different parts of the body.