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Help For Psorisis, Eczema, Cancer


Herbs to clear toxic "heat"  


By Dr. Hong Chen (over 20 yrs experienced)


Eczema, Psoriasis, Sun Allergies, Hives, Rash, Acne, Itchy, Skin Cancer, Lupus, Shingles and other skin problems are not just caused by the skin itself, although it manifests on the skin. Their occurrence and development are intimately connected to the function of the body's organs as well as the toxin levels carried by the blood (known as toxic "heat"). if blood over-heated it will find release through the skin and accumulates in meridians of skin, so the affected skin appears rash, itchy...which means showing an abnormal redness of the skin resulting from congestion of small capillaries. Skin problems can be caused by internal pathogenic such as heat (such as Psoriasis, Acne), dampness(such as Eczema), wind(such as Hives) or a mixture of them (such as Shingles), and imbalance immune function of the body (such as Cancer, Lupus). The heat and dryness of wind invade the body, leading to blood dryness so that it is unable to provide nourishment to the skin. This lack of nourishment leads to dry and itching skin, or along with white scaly lesions. The differentiation of these causes can be distinguished by both observation and assessment of symptoms of the affected area - redness, itching, scaling, etc. The pulse is also affected, while the color, shape and coating of the tongue form part of the assessment.


In the West, there is a lack of effective medical treatment for these skin deseases. Fortunately, they do respond very well to Chinese herbs.


Diagnosis and Treatment


Although skin problems can have different pathogenic factors, noted above, emotional stress, supressed immune system and allergic reaction also plays a crucial role in the development of skin diseases.With Canadian patients, we usually see more wind, heat, dryness, or dampness types of skin diseases because of the body systems' reaction to the external environment. Each person responds differently to these environmental conditions.In the same way, people respond differently to stress caused by lifestyle, working condition, even family problems, while psoriasis is related tightly with stress. Similarly, people have different sensitive degree of allergies caused by pollen, dust, sunlight, foods and pollution etc., observed obviously in eczema, hives and sun allergies. Some researches have demonstrated insufficient of over active immune functionn caused by suppressed or immbalance immune system is a main cause for skin cancer or any kinds of cancer and lupus.This is why there are so many different pathogenic factors and combinations, hence necessary to adapt different remedies to treat different type of skin disease.


Treatment for skin diseases involves cleansing blood heat, moistening blood dryness, enhancing spleen function, eliminating emotional stress, anti-allergiess, and building up or balance the immune functions. Some natural Chinese herbs, with specialized combinations, are used internally and externally to provide relief, while other herbs are used to adjust and improve the body's internal functions. This traditional Chinese medicine approach has been tested and improved over thousands of years, and also enhanced by today's technongy. For normal cases, skin problems can be treated successfully and rapidly by dosing with several sets of Chinese herbs. However, chronic cases may need a longer course of treatment. The body accepts these herbs in the same way as it does food, and there are no side-effects if prescribed by a knowledgeable practitioner.


Case 1 of Eczema: Daniel is one year old. He had suffered from eczema since he was born. He was allergic milk. And his father had been also plagued with eczema on his whole body for over ten years. Following an assessmint, I determined that Daniel and his father had extreme blood heat and dampness with wind caused by internal problems. This blood heat sought release through the skin, accumulated there, leading to blood stagnation. I used herbs such as JinJie, YiRen, DanPi etc. to remove blood heat, dampness and wind, and some herbs such as WuMei with function for anti-allergies. Following one session, their itching was much decreased. Finally their eczema disappeared after over ten weeks of treatment. Then they had continuously taken the heral juice for othe few weeks so as to maintain their well being and to prevent eczema fromm recurrence.


Case 2 of Psoriasis:  Ken had been plagued with psoriasis on his head, body and hands for over fifteen years. The itching disrupted his work and lifestyle, and he felt a lot of stress and embarrass. Due ot the itching he frequently scratched the white scaly lesions on his skin. He had received various western medicines, but experienced no improvement. Following my assessment I found his vital Chi (energy and immune function) to be insufficient, while his spleen and kidneys were weak.This indicated a mixture of pathogenic heat of wind, dryness of wind and dampness, damaged vital Chi, blood and organs. I concluded that his vital Chi and immunity needed to be restored. Through the use of the herbs BaiSu, etc., the function of his spleen and kidneys became stronger. To clean away heat, remove dampness, to expel wind, to moisten dryness and to cool the blood, Ken took SenDi, TuFuLin, FanFeng, etc. herbs. HeHuanHua was used to combat stress. Following his first session, he slept well, the itching and scaling lessened, and hes stress levels improved. His psoriasis disappeared after 15 weeks of treatment. he continues to take another eight weeks of the herbs to enhance his well-bing. Now, over year later, his skin still is fine.


Note:This article has been published on April 2000, issue of Vitality Magazine. For more information please contact Dr. Hong Chen at Chen Acupuncture Herb Clinic, 33 Lowbank (Steeles/Bestview(between Bayview and Leslie)/Harrington/Lowbank). Tel: 416 221-9074.

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