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Understanding of Skin

The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. It also is one of the most complex organ, because it has so much to do.

Skin is largest body organ both by weight and total surface area. The average adult body has two square yards of skin. In fact, skin accounts for as much as 16% of the body weight.

A one-inch square of skin contains millions of cells as well as many special nerve endings for sensing heat, cold, and pain.

The average thickness of skin is one tenth of an inch, but it ranges from very thin on the eyelids to thick on the soles of the feet.

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Broadly speaking, our skin is composed of three layers the epidermis, the dermis, and the conductive tissue layers. These layers consists of blood vessels, nerve endings, hair follicles, sweat glands, oil (sebaceous) glands, melanocytes (pigment producing cells) etc. The lower most layer is called the dermis layer and is responsible for growing new skin. Nails and hairs are also considered part of the skin

The main job of the skin is to protect a person's inside parts from the outside world.

In Today`s world, external beauty matters to all as much as internal health. Basic beauty begins with the glow of good health, which shines from within. The skin often mirrors the health of the whole body.

It acts as a shield against sun, wind, heat, cold, dryness, pollution, and smoke. It helps to protect the body from germs and allergens. In addition, special nerve endings in the skin alert the brain to heat, cold, and pain. Brain is in constant contact of skin.

Skin is exposed to a number of factors such as pollution, physical stress, and weather conditions. There are many other important functions that our skin performs:

  • The lower most layer of the epidermis contains melanocytes cells which produce pigment called melanin.
  • Our skin acts as a shield to our body and does not allow pathogens to invade the body.
  • It passes on senses, the temperature variations, touch, pressure, injuries or any kind of vibrations.
  • It helps in controlling evaporation and does not allow fluid loss. It protects the essential nutrients and oils present in our body.
  • Apart from this, it also acts as a storage center for water and lipids.

Chronic Skin Diseases

Skin conditions include various rashes, diseases, infections, injuries, growths, and cancers that affect the skin.

These are some of the most common skin problems:

  • Acne: pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and deeper lumps. Acne develops when the skin makes too much oil and sheds dead cells too fast. Bacteria mainly play a role.
  • Athlete's foot: a fungal infection on the foot which look red and peel, crack, flake, or even blister. Sweaty feet and tight shoes facilitate fungus to grow
  • Eczema: a red, itchy rash that often runs in families and accompanies allergies. The patches tend to be dry, and the affected skin may flake and thicken.
  • Contact dermatitis: a red, itchy rash that occurs when the skin comes into contact with an allergen.
  • Dandruff. flaking of the skin on the scalp.
  • Hives: pale red, swollen bumps that occur in groups on the skin. Hives are usually itchy, and they may also burn or sting. They are caused when the body releases a chemical called histamine as part of a reaction to such things as foods, medications, insect bites, infections, cold, or scratching of the skin.
  • Irritant dermatitis: a red, itchy rash that occurs when the skin comes into contact with a harsh chemical. Examples of irritants include strong soaps or detergents, plants and industrial chemicals.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: a common condition that causes red skin and greasy-looking flakes, mainly on the scalp, on the sides of the nose, between the eyebrows, on the eyelids, behind the ears, or on the chest. it may occur in those with acne or psoriasis.
  • Moles: growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. They are usually brown and can have various shapes and sizes.
  • Psoriasis: a long-lasting skin disease caused when too many new cells are produce, resulting in patches of red, thickened skin covered with silvery flakes. It may result from a problem with the immune system,
  • Ringworm: a skin infection caused by a fungus. Ringworm is marked by red, itchy, ring-shaped patches that may be flake or blister. It commonly affects the feet, scalp, trunk, nails, and groin.
  • Rosacea: a skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face that may spread to the cheeks and chin. Small blood vessels and tiny pimples may appear on or around the red area. Fair-skinned adults, especially women, are most likely to get rosacea.
  • Shingles: a skin eruption caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It starts with pain or tingling on one side of the body or face, followed by a red rash with small blisters. After a person has chickenpox, the virus may live on in the nerve cells and come out years later as shingles. An episode of shingles may last weeks.
  • Skin cancer: the most common of all types of cancer, including various kinds of growths on the skin.
  • Sunburn: the immediate result of getting too much sun. The skin is injured, just as if it had been burned by heat, and turns red and painful. If the sunburn is severe, blisters may form. The long-term effects of sun damage include wrinkles, certain skin bumps and spots, and skin cancer.

Considerations In Treating The Skin Diseases

It is not surprising that many things can go wrong with an organ so big and complicated. Nearly everyone has a skin problem at some point in life. Such problems can affect anyone, from newborns to older adults. Most of the times, the reason for a skin disorder lies much beneath the skin's surface. It is therefore vital to take into consideration the physical as well as the mental factors causing the conditions.

Alternative medicine strongly believes that skin diseases are never just skin deep. Skin diseases are considered as mere external expression of an internally weak or imbalanced system.

To treat any chronic skin diseases requires a detailed analysis of constitution and emotional stress, especially sudden psychological trauma and also correction of hormonal imbalance.

Alternative medicine stimulates the body’s defense mechanism thus enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself from within.

We should optimize our defense mechanism.  This improves our immune system.  Alternative medicines provide natural healing which is curative & non–suppressive in nature.

Alternative medicines remove the basic disposition /sensitivity to develop any skin diseases.  This approach not only successfully removes the skin diseases but also removes the possibility of development of other hypersensitivity disorders

First we should optimize our defense mechanism & this improves our immune system.  Alternative medicines provide natural healing which is curative & non–suppressive in nature. Alternative treatment works at two levels. At one level the medication is given with the aim of providing symptomatic relief to control the disease and make patient more comfortable. At another level  body constitution is also improved which gives long term protection for skin . These medications vary from person to person, depending on individual disposition. Alternative treatment is invaluable to help skin conditions, particularly when many other treatments have been tried without success.

Alternative medicine removes the basic disposition /sensitivity to develop any skin diseases.  This approach not only successfully removes the skin diseases but also removes the possibility of development of other hypersensitivity disorders in future.

Most skin treatments are generally external applications like creams or oils. These, however, never reach the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, the symptoms disappear temporarily, and the disease is not rooted out permanently. So condition develops again.

A Chemical solution or chemexfoliation (Chemical Peel) to improve and smoothen the texture of skin by removing its damaged outer layers so that a new skin layer can regenerate can never give good results and cure. Same way Laser treatment which removes the damaged outer layer of skin to cause skin brightening and Rejuvenation does not get to the root cause and same condition comes up again.

Alternative medicine always tries to root out the disease by treating it specifically according to its cause. As the skin disease is deep seated, its treatments by alternative medicine may take a few weeks to remove the symptoms but the diseases are cured permanently.

Wrong diet habit and lifestyle causes’ excess sugar in the body also is a major cause of skin disorders. The skin cells so affected by the excess sugar provide an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria, which multiply rapidly using these skin cells.  Alternative medicines counteract the excess sugar and other toxins in the body. They combine with the skin cells to inhibit multiplication of the virus. The absence of a breeding ground results in the elimination of the virus.

Other Lifestyle changes for maintaining healthy skin include clean your body properly, do exercises regularly, avoid excess sun exposure and chemical based creams,  keep your room pollution free. Avoid extra amount of proteins and fat - difficult to digest food and types of food which irritate your skin.

Alternative medicines are effective in treatment of Burns and Burn Scars, Keloids & Keloid Scars, Leukoderma and Vitiligo, Psoriasis and Eczema, Pregnancy Scars and Stretch marks, Bedsores, Surgical Scars, Itching, Sun Burns, Skin Rashes, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Chicken Pox Scars etc. it can look you young and vibrant.

Health lies on the relationship between mind & body, as well as the relationship between the body & the universe. When disruption of this relationship occurs, body tries to restore equilibrium through the use of homeostasis-(internal body reaction). Body tries to neutralize the reactants. This produces the symptoms and disease is generated. These vary from individual to individual according to one’s constitution. Every individual and patients handles the emotions of chronic diseases treatment differently.

Chronic skin diseases are a very tragic and emotionally damaging and painful experience.

Chronic skin diseases can be cured through combined approach of alternative systems of medicine. One will be amazed to see the result after employing various systems of medicine. This gives result faster, with less suffering and in economical way. Combined approach of various alternative medicines can cover a broad range of healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies which will give definite and good results.
The great thing about these alternative systems of medicine is that they do not have the health risks that some modern techniques and medications have.

Alternative medicine also stimulates life energy within the body; so complete cure from chronic skin diseases is possible. Alternative medicine stimulates healing on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels to restore vitality and creative engagement in life. Healing forces are present within the body, and alternative medicine assist the body’s natural state of homeostasis and cooperate with bodies efforts to heal any chronic skin diseases.

Great health is not only the result of a healthy body, but also a healthy mind, spirit and emotions. These 4 things – health, mind, spirit and emotions - are all connected to each other and when one doesn't perform at its ultimate best, the rest will get affected too.

“The Missing Link is within you. We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves" - The Dalai Lama