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Why Chinese Medicine is A More Effective Way of Treating Dry Skin than Commercial Skin Creams

April 14, 2016   

A lot of people tend to have dry skin during the months of winter (some actually have dry skin all year round). The skin can be tender, burning, itchy, scaly, or uncomfortable to the touch when it becomes dry. The bad news is that most skin creams available in the market are filled with toxic chemicals that tend to seep into the blood stream. The good news is that there are extremely effective and safe natural tips and alternative treatments you can try that can turn you try dry skin into a healthy and beautiful looking one:

  1. Get a humidifier – A humidifier can dramatically not only help treat skin but also help relieve dry cough, dry eyes, or a scratchy or dry throat.
  2. Eat foods rich in healthy fats – The transport of fluids into your skin and body tissues is greatly enhanced by eating a lot of foods rich in healthy fats. Foods rich in healthy fats include flaxseed oil, grape seed oil, avocado, and nut butters
  3. Use low-chemical, high-fat soap or real soap
  4. Apply Olive Oil on your skin – Dry skin can be easily and naturally treated when you apply olive oil to the affected areas of your skin.
  5. Use Chinese Herbs – Herbs taken internally can help nourish the skin by increasing fluid production in the body for severe types of dry skin. Working on the same principle as acupuncture, Chinese Herbs work can restore balance to your body’s energy systems to help treat the manifestations and underlying causes of your dry skin.
  6. Get acupuncture – Dry skin is an indication of a certain imbalance in the body. Acupuncture can help rectify the imbalance, either by aiding the body to efficiently convey fluids to the tissues or nourish the systems that normalize moisture in the body. Dry skin can come about due to the rise of certain pathologies, from the standpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine standpoint. For example, weakness of Lung energy or Lung dryness can be the underlying cause of dry skin. A problem with the Kidney essence may be the root pathological issue why the face suffers from dry skin. Dry skin along a specific energy pathway or channel is an indication of an imbalance in that channel. When dry skin is accompanied by a burning sensation or if it turns red, it may be due to pathogenic heat in the channels. A blood energy weakness in the body can also lead to dry skin. One of the functions of Blood energy is to cool and moisten the tissues. It is up to your acupuncturist in Tarzana to determine the cause of your dry skin and treat it accordingly.
  7. Eat moistening foods – Dry cough, dry throat, dry mucus membranes, dry skin, and other types of dryness in the body in any season can be resolved by consuming moistening foods such as: barley malt, honey, sesame seed, pine nut, almond, seaweed, loquat, persimmon, apple, pear, millet, and spinach.
  8. Drink adequate amounts of fluids – Dehydration is simply the one of the most common causes of dry skin and so drinking a lot fluids each day is one of the most commonsensical ways of treating dry skin. So, if you are not drinking enough water every day, adequate amount of fluids cannot be transported effectively to your skin and body tissues. Limit or avoid drinking caffeinated beverages as they actually boost urine output and leave your body more depleted. To increase absorption in your body, you can add lime or lemon to your water. Drinking pear juice is also good since pear can help moisten the body’s Lung energy of the body, which in Traditional Chinese Medical theory, controls the skin.