ECZEMA, PSORIASIS & OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS
Eczema is an inflammation of the skin, and is typified by crusty patches, blistering, red spots, swelling and recurring dryness, although it can also be oily and weeping, and can have other symptoms. Both unsightly and unpleasant, eczema can diminish a sufferer’s quality of life significantly. In terms of the causes, scientists theorise that both environmental and genetic factors play a contributing role.
One theory is that eczema can be caused by an unusually clean environment, where the child isn’t exposed to enough bacteria in order for his or her immune system to grow and function effectively. While eczema isn’t usually an allergic reaction, some eczema sufferers are known to be affected by foods such as dairy, eggs, and nuts. Therefore, changing a person’s nutritional intake can help to reduce the symptoms of the disease. Hereditary factors can also play a role in the onset of eczema.
Psoriasis is a form of autoimmune disease, where the immune system causes accelerated growth of skin cells and inflammation. The disease is typified by dry, itchy skin and red rashes. There is evidence to suggest that a variety of factors, such as environment, lifestyle, and stress may play a role in the condition and the severity of the inflammation.
There are, of course, a range of other skin conditions which are affected by similar factors such as diet, allergens, lifestyle, toxicity, hormones and stress.
A Complementary Approach
Because many experts believe that there are no cures for the these conditions, conventional treatments are focussed on reducing the symptoms in order to improve the person’s quality of life. Such treatments are typically drug-oriented. However, complementary treatments offer a drug free, alternative approach.
Complementary therapies are also designed to ease the symptoms. However in a naturopathic approach, there is an extensive focus on finding the underlying cause and bringing the body back into balance in order to promote a greater state of health. While the types of treatment will vary according to the individual in question, there is a range of techniques within kinesiology that can be used to encourage the body to recover naturally from distressing skin conditions.
We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people thought to be gluten intolerant or who have an allergy to certain foods or other substances. Some people don’t even realise they have a sensitivity until they exclude something from their diet and feel better as a result. For this reason, sensitivity testing is an important feature of kinesiology.
Food is only one example of a hidden sensitivity that can affect a person’s health, even if they don’t have specific symptoms arising from that trigger. There are numerous stories of people whose skin conditions have improved dramatically after they identified a trigger.
Kinesiology uses muscle testing to identify factors which might affect the health and balance of the body. Excluding these from the diet, even for a short time, can allow the body to function better, starting the journey to better health. The muscle test is usually very clear, both to the practitioner and to the client.
Nutrition and Supplements
Many modern health conditions are due to a deficiency in vitamins or minerals. Due to modern farming methods and mass production, we don’t receive the same nutrition from our diets as our ancestors did. Because of this, many sources say that supplementation is now necessary. While there are numerous reports and theories about which supplements may be beneficial for skin conditions, it may be a hit and miss approach to try various things until you find one that works for your condition. Muscle testing can be used to determine the supplements which are best suited to you as an individual.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and one of its functions is to eliminate toxins. Many of the waste products in the cells can be excreted through the skin via perspiration, especially if the other organs of elimination (such as the digestive system, lungs and liver) are not working properly. It should come as no surprise that many skin conditions are closely linked to poor digestive health. Kinesiology can help to pinpoint the location of a problem in the digestive system, thus enabling a solution to be formulated.
It is now generally recognised that the mind and body are closely linked, therefore a problem in one often affects the other detrimentally. Holistic therapy takes this into account and treats a person’s whole being, not just the specific area where we have symptoms. In addition to food testing, there are other holistic treatments which can be useful for alleviating the symptoms of skin conditions, including structural balancing, acupressure and stress management.
In an age where conventional medicine specifically targets the physical symptoms of a condition, kinesiology represents a radically different paradigm where the chemical and energetic attributes of a person are also taken into consideration when formulating a solution.
While there is usually no quick and easy fix for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, the efficacy of complementary therapies like kinesiology has been proven in terms of mitigating the symptoms, and often providing a long term solution.