Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis is a recurring, non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition. The condition is most common in people with a family history of an eczema, including asthma and or hay fever.
Sufferers experience their skin appearing red, dry and scaly and will generally be very itchy. Itching skin separates eczema from other skin rashes. In severe cases the skin may weep, bleed and crust over, causing the sufferer discomfort and sometimes result in the skin becoming infected. Golden Staph being common.
Although eczema affects all ages, it usually appears in early childhood. Babies generally show signs of eczema between two-to-six months of age and eczema usually disappears around six years of age. More than half of all eczema sufferers show signs before the age of 12 months and 20 per cent of people develop eczema before the age of five.
Most children grow out of the condition, but a small percentage may experience severe eczema into adulthood. Eczema affects approximately one third of all Australian’s at sometime in their lifetime.
In most cases the rash usually appears on the hands, neck, inner elbows and the backs of knees and ankles. In infants however, it usually appears on the face, elbows and knees.
Even though it appears that the condition can flare up and subside for no apparent reason, the cause of eczema and its aggravation may be due to many reasons and the individual must assess their familial history, environment and dietary habits for clues to the intolerances in determining the most appropriate Eczema treatment.
Our Practitioners undertake a full health assessment of the individual using Iridology, history taking, immunological blood work, current habits and desired outcomes.
Triggers to eczema may include:
- Family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever.
- Poor diet, tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Intolerances to food additives and chemicals, such as petrol and plastic.
- Intolerances to particular foods including wheat, dairy (lactose), citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, seafood, preservatives and colourings.
- Weather – hot and humid or cold and dry conditions.
- Excessive Heating/Overheating and Air Conditioning.
- Environmental: dust mites, moulds, grasses, plant pollens, pets and clothing, soaps, shampoos and washing powders, cosmetics, toiletries and temperature change.
By determining the triggers, eczema treatment may include nutritional and dietary advice, vitamin and mineral supplements and EBT. EBT (Nambudripads Energy Balancing Technique) is used to rebalance and realign the body’s meridians to enhance the body’s ability to cope with and desensitize the triggers. Based on a Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, this incredible technique has been used in the clinics for over 13 years.
Psoriasis is an auto-immune dis-ease, whereby the immune system mistakes regular skin cells as a pathogen, sending out faulty signals which in turn create overproduction of new skin cells.
It is a lifelong condition, it is not contagious and whilst there is no definitive cure, the Natural Healing Centre offers various Psoriasis treatment protocols to assist the sufferer in managing and living with their condition successfully.
What causes Psoriasis
Whilst the cause of psoriasis is not yet fully understood, varying triggers can cause and/ or exacerbate psoriasis.
- Genetic – Family history
- Skin Injury – cuts, burns and insect bites
- Environmental Intolerances – heat/dry air and cold/damp air
- Bacterial or viral infection
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Too much sunlight
- Too little sunlight
Psoriasis may affect any or all parts of the skin. There are five main types of psoriasis:
- Plaque / The most common type of psoriasis — Thick, red patches of skin which are covered by flaky, silver-white scales.
- Erythrodermic — skin redness is very intense and covers a large area.
- Guttate — Small, pink-red spots appear on the skin.
- Inverse — Skin redness and irritation occurs in the armpits, groin, and in between overlapping skin.
- Pustular — White blisters are surrounded by red, irritated skin.
Psoriasis may also lead to a change in lifestyle habits, such as:
- Self conscious – great lengths to conceal affected skin.
- Mood Swings – frustration and anger due to flare ups.
- Relationship Strain – deflated passion and romance.
- Social and Sport Activities non-attendance – uncovered skin embarrassment.
- Increased Alcohol Consumption.
A full health assessment including Iridology diagnosis assists our naturopaths in determining the most suitable psoriasis treatment for the individual.
All factors are considered in an individual’s Psoriasis treatment and a combination of topical treatments, to alleviate the external physical symptoms and vitamin, mineral and herbal remedies will help assist the internal systems of the body.
Whether the Psoriasis treatment is to boost the immune system and/or using EBT (Energy Balancing Technique) to equalize the body’s intolerances, our practitioners can work with the individual to successfully manage their Psoriasis treatment.
Rosacea is a type of skin inflammation that typically affects the face. Rosacea affects both males and females, however it is three times more common in women. It has a peak onset of between ages 30 to 60 and is not contagious.
It has four subtypes, three affecting the skin and the fourth affecting the eyes – Ocular Rosacea.
Symptoms of Acne Rosacea;
- Redness – Central face, cheeks, nose and forehead.
- Redness – Neck, chest, ears and Scalp – this is less common.
- Dilation of Superficial blood vessels on the face.
- Red domed / small bumps.
- Pustules – small elevation of the skin containing inflammatory cells.
- Red Gritty Eyes
- Red nose
What causes Acne Rosacea
Triggers for Acne Rosacea are generally, but not limited to the following:
- Hot drinks.
- Coffee and tea.
- Spicy foods.
- Overexposure to sunlight.
- Emotional stress and anxiety.
Rosacea Treatment may include:
- Desensitisation to known triggers, using EBT – Energy Balancing Technique.
- Natural remedies – including vitamins, mineral and herbal tonics.
- Topical Treatment – suitable cream to alleviate and eradicate symptoms.