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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Remedies for Dry Skin

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Diet is one important factor in acquiring a healthy skin. Unfortunately, not all people follow a healthy diet and the consequence of this can usually manifest in their skin.  There are people who have a rigid idea that all fats are bad and need to be avoided at all times.  The inflexible notion that a food is all bad or good can wreak havoc on the person’s body specifically on his/her skin. Minus the moisturizing effects of dietary fats and oils, the skin will completely dry out and wither like a prune.  The dry skin may not only require some lotion; the skin and the face can become deeply wrinkled and extremely desiccated as well.

If you suffer from dry skin, Chinese medicine may also believe that your internal body may be very dry as well.  The acupuncturist can diagnose your condition as due to a dryness pathogen or damage to the fluids of the body – all these merely mean that your body is deficient in moisture.

Acupuncturists see that moisture in a person’s body relates to Yin because of its moisturizing, nourishing and cooling qualities.  For every aspect of good health, the body requires moisture, from smoothing the transport of food through the digestive system to the lubrication of your joints.

Dryness, as a pathogen can come as a number of symptoms. These can be in the form of fever, indigestion, joint pain, dry eyes, nose or mouth, cough, dry sore throat and constipation.

It truly helps to be well-hydrated but the treatment for damaged fluids involve more than taking in adequate amounts of water.  If a person has, for example, constipation due to dryness, drinking water can help a bit.  He/she, however, will also require consumption of moisturizing foods in order to lubricate the intestines that will treat the constipation.

The following are helpful tips to properly moisten overall dryness:

Drink copious amounts of water – we now know that water alone can’t undo the damage caused by dryness, but if you become dehydrated your dryness problem will only get worse.

Eat lots of fruits – fruits often provide moisture to the body. For dry lungs, pears and apples can help. Darkly colored vegetables and fruits, in general, build up fluids in your body and nourish Yin.

Nuts and seeds have also moisturizing qualities – Chinese medicine often utilizes walnuts to treat constipation caused by dryness.  Avoid seeds and nuts that have been processed with other oils.

The body requires some amounts of fat to stay healthy – canola oil, olive oil, and flaxseed oil are some healthy oils your body needs.  Eat nuts, olives and avocadoes and other plant based fats.

Your house needs to be also properly hydrated- having the heater on in the cold seasons or living in a dry climate can cause your skin to be dry. Get a humidifier, boil water, build an indoor fountain or get some plant to supply moisture in the air.

Written by Valerie

July 19th, 2014 at 8:52 am

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Dry Skin Tests and Diagnosis

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When you consult with your doctor about your skin problem he may utliize certain procedures to evaluate your symptoms. These procedures may involve a physical examination and for some cases diagnostic exams and tests. The doctor will always need to physically evaluate you while a diagnostic test will be done if your condition warrants one.  When assessing your skin your doctor may note any presence of other types of skin problems such as plaques, blisters, vesicles, crusting, pustules or cracking and see the areas of your body where your skin is affected.

 

Some of the tests that may be done if you have dry skin may include:

 

Shave skin or punch biopsy – Used to ascertain the cause of dry skin

Blood tests – This may include blood sugar and full blood count

Thyroid function test

Electrolytes

Renal function

HIV serology

Immunoglobin test – High levels of Immunoglobulin levels plus presence of certain autoantibodies may indicate Sjogren’s syndrome diagnosis

Radioallergosorbent testing (RAST) – This can aid in knowing the allergens that worsen allergens in eczema (atopic dermatitis).

Skin patch testing – Done for indentifying allergens causing allergic contact dermatitis.

 

Dale Roach is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Dale Roach, MD,L.Ac in Larchmont, NY.

Skin scraping – The skin sample taken is microscopically examined for scabies or fungal infection.

Erythrocyte glutathione reductase activity.

 

 Dale Roach is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Dale Roach, MD,L.Ac in Larchmont, NY.

 

Written by Valerie

December 5th, 2013 at 3:56 am

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Dry Skin Complications

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One of the likeliest complications derived from dry skin is bacterial infection that often is caused by extreme itching that tends to lead to abrasions or cuts; the severe itching and scratching response can be termed as an itch-scratch-rash-itch” repetition. When the persistent scratching leads to cuts or cracks in the skin, pathogens can then enter into the bloodstream and infect the body.

Some of the other complications of dry skin can include:

Impetigo – This is a skin condition caused by bacterial infection that results in red rashes on the skin.  Impetigo usually afflicts children and often causes yellow fluid drains from the skin. The skin surface also develops brown scabs from this skin problem.

Skin abscess – This is a skin infection with attributes such as a collection of pus below the skin’s surface. Skin abscess can often come about by abrasion of the skin which is a typical skin injury.

Folliculitis – This is a dry skin complication of the inflammation of hair follicles.

Cellulitis – This is a skin condition that can potentially lead to bacterial infection. Cellulitis usually develops on the underlying tissues of the skin. There is also a chance that bacteria can infect the blood vessels and the lymphatic system which can potentially become a very severe dry skin complication.

Eczema or atopic dermatitis – Eczema often arises when the skin experiences severe dryness. Eczema usually manifests as inflammation, cracking and redness the skin.

A person is likely to experience these complications when his are skin’s normal protective functions are dysfunctional.  Extreme dry skin, for example, may result in fissures or deep cracks that can open and bleed, allowing bacteria to enter into the body.

Nelya de Brun is a licensed acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, FL., practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western medical pathology. She is also the founder of Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC.

Written by Valerie

October 12th, 2013 at 7:50 am

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