Eczema, Psoriasis, Dieatry Causes and Cures
Article by Richard Heft
The skin is the body’s largest external organ. It acts as a protective cover, shield, barrier between the body and the external environment (heat, cold, dryness, dampness). The skin has pores, openings allowing the body to retain and or release excess heat, energy (in the form of perspiration). Sebaceous glands located throughout the body in the dermis (layer of skin below the epidermis, outer layer of skin) secrete sebum (oily liquid) that moistens the skin and hair. It also helps the body retain heat. Acne (raised, red lesions, pustules, blackheads, etc.) is an inflammatory (hot) disease of the sebaceous glands affecting primarily the face and shoulders. Eczema despite being classified as an inflammatory disease is generally cold, deficient and damp.
The skin is made from food, nutrients. Long-term low protein, low fat (soft dairy, beans, nuts, etc.) and high carbohydrate (salads, tropical fruits, juices, etc.) diets tend to dilute and weaken digestion, reducing nutrient absorption, blood (blood deficiency, thin blood). Blood deficiency in the extreme, tends to weaken, sag, thin, dry, crack and or bleed the skin in addition to producing partial facial flushing, red spots, splotches, acne, eczema, exposed capillaries, blue veins and or translucent skin.
Too much protein and fat, especially animal, fried foods and oil tends to thicken and saturate the blood with excess protein, fat and cholesterol. In the extreme, excess protein, fat can overflow into the skin causing raised, red, hard painful, oily pimples; pus, boils and or dry flaky skin; warts, moles, psoriasis, tumors, itching, scratching. Long-term poor circulation, via high protein, high fat, and clogged arteries can also dry, overheat, inflame and pain the nerves in the head (symptoms of shingle, herpes zoster).
The middle diet, meal plan adjusted accordingly is recommended. Eat simply and do not overeat. For deficiency, increase animal protein, fat (eggs, turkey, chicken, etc.), spices, cooked foods, etc. Eat a small amount of fruit (no tropical). For the overbuilt, eat less animal and more beans, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit, etc. Space and or skip meals, especially dinner.
Case history: In 1989, I developed a bad, hideous case of eczema. It first started as a pimple, blister on my index finger (left hand) that quickly multiplied over the next few months into a multitude of blisters, cracked skin, bleeding, pus, etc. that not only covered the entire back of my left hand and fingers, but was also starting to crawl up, infect the arm. Two fingers on my right hand were also starting to infect. This happened while I was running my health food store and going to acupuncture school. It was gross. I wore surgical gloves during the day. I tried every Chinese herbal remedy. Nothing worked. My skin, hands were getting worse. I eventually turned to Ayurvedic Medicine via Ayurvedic Healing, and Yoga of Herbs by Dr. David Frawley, O.M.D., which recommended the use of spices. My diet at the time was bland, low protein, low fat, sweet and cooling. I was living in Florida. I reduced juices, fruits while increasing protein, fat, cooked foods and spices. I always used at least five spices. Within three weeks, my eczema cleared up. My digestion also improved less bloating, gas, burping, farting, etc. I did have eczema as a teenager (not as serious).
Case history I counseled a young man, age 38 with severe psoriasis: dry, scaly, flaky and inflamed skin on his head, face, back, etc. He was also overweight and constantly scratching. His original diet was high protein, high fat (red meat, pork, fried foods, etc.). I advised the colder middle diet, especially raw vegetables and fruits: carrots, celery, apples, etc. In seven months, his face, head and back completely cleared up. He also lost 50#.
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Richard Heft, Acupuncture Physician (FL 1992- 2002). author, Hot and Cold Health and Disease (317 pages) Available Amazon on sale .49: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Cold-Health-Disease-Richard-Heft/dp/0974791725 Education not clever remedies cures disease. FREE eBook (Intro and first two chapters)upon request. Questions email: [email protected]