Over the years I have seen many people improve and heal various skin problems using a holistic approach. Conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne can all be treated in such a way using a combination of diet, emotional work and rebalancing practices such as Shiatsu, Makko-Ho and Do-In.
In general, western medicine is not so great at healing them and will treat the symptoms – attempting to manage them with a range of prescription drugs. When things become severe steroid creams are often used, but long term these are not good news. The main disadvantage with the westen medical approach is that it attempts to treat the skin, and ignores the underlying condition which is an imbalance within the internal organs.
From a holistic point of view the skin is a reflection of what is happening within the body and indicates a weakness within the organs such as the lungs, large intestine, liver or kidneys. So, if you want to heal the skin you need to heal the internal organs. We also need to remember that the skin is also an excretory organ, not just a barrier for protection. Our skin in this way is similar to the kidneys and bladder. As an organ, the skin helps the body clean itself from the inside – so symptoms seen in the skin lie deeper within our system.
It’s true to say that our diet has a big effect on the skin. Sugary and fatty foods, for example, can put extra strain on the body and the effect can be seen as the skin attempts to get rid of what is essentially an excess. If we eat a lot of oily foods we get oily skin, too many dry foods we get dry skin and if we eat a lot of meat then this also affects us. As the meat is broken down it can produce urea and this produces body odour. A similar effect happens when we eat a lot of cheese (smelly feet) and explains why when Eurpoeans first visited Japan they were described as “smelly, long nosed people” as an excess of such food produces a very strong body-odour!