Acne is a common disorder of the oil glands in the skin and can appear on the face, back, shoulders, chest, and arms. In adolescents during puberty, sex hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands resulting in excess secretion of sebum, a fatty oil that lubricates the skin. The glands become blocked and inflamed, which causes blackheads and pimples. If the glands become infected, sebum and pus build up under the skin and larger pimples and cysts appear which can eventually lead to scarring and pitting.
In adults, stress, hormonal fluctuations, and possibly food allergies may be the cause of acne. Oral contraceptives can cause breakouts. Excess dietary iodine irritates the pores and can induce flareups. Iodine is found in iodized salt, shellfish, seaweed, and fast foods in which an average meal can contain 30 times the RDA, and in milk, which can be contaminated from milking equipment and cow medication.10 Acne may be caused by a deficiency in zinc.
It is important to keep the skin clean and free from oil. Facial steaming opens blocked skin pores and clears out sebum. Do not squeeze acne spots as they may become infected and leave scars. Reduce stress and avoid refined sugar and foods. For mild cases of acne, topical exfoliants and face washes are usually sufficient; for medium cases, beneficial preparations should contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid; for severe acne, topical or oral antibiotics may be necessary or vitamin A derived drugs which include topical Retin A and Accutane taken internally. Long-term antibiotic use should be avoided and vitamin B complex and acidophilus supplemented as antibiotics destroy intestinal flora. Sunlight and ultraviolet light are beneficial if not undertaken excessively.
Rosacea is a chronic acnelike skin disorder. The nose and cheek areas are abnormally reddish in color and may be covered with pimples. Large doses of the B vitamins has shown to be very effective in treating rosacea patients, who often have a deficiency. Hydrochloric acid tablets have been effective for those that show a deficiency. Patients who have a low secretion of the pancreatic enzyme lipase can benefit from supplementation.
Vitamin B6—50 mg, for premenstrual flareups.
Niacinamide—gel containing 4%, apply topically twice a day.
Zinc—30 mg two or three times daily for several months, reduce to once daily, has been found to be as effective as oral antibiotics; use a more absorbable form such as gluconate for maximum effectiveness.
Fresh fruits Fresh vegetables Dandelion greens Whole grains Brown rice Legumes Peanuts Soybeans Pecans
Pumpkin seeds Eggs
Dark green lettuce
Calendula—cream and infusion as a face wash.
Calendula or tea tree soap.
Tea tree oil—5 to 15% dilution apply topically, contains terpinen-4-ol an antimicrobial agent, more effective overall than benzoyl peroxide.
Burdock—2 to 4 ml tincture or 1 to 2 g capsules three times daily, has a cleansing action on the skin.
Vitex—40 drops daily for premenstrual acne.
Chickweed, elderflower, and marigold—use as facial steam, add to boiling water, place towel over head and allow steam to penetrate face.
Take remedy according to symptoms: Antimonium tartaricum Arsenicum album
Hepar sulphuris calcareum
Tea tree oil or lavender (Lavandula hybrida)— apply topically, both contain terpinen-4-ol and this particular lavender contains borneol, another strong antiseptic component.
Thyme (linalol type)—strong antiseptic properties, mild on skin.
Bergamot—has relaxing properties.
Rosemary (verbenone type)—has cell regenerating properties.
Sunder Bati—for acne vulgaris not the severe cystic form.
Shanka bhasma—for vatta and pitta types.
Aloe vera—z/S cup juice twice daily.
Effective topical treatments and capsules are prescribed.
Cai Feng Zhen Zhu an Chuang Wan/Margarite— acne pills, contain pearl, an effective remedy.
Cucumber, watermelon—apply juice topically.
Dandelion, honeysuckle—drink as tea.
Massage—assists in drainage of the lymphatic system.
Meditation—relieves tension and stress. Yoga
AIDS is thought to be caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV. The virus destroys the body's infection fighting T-cells. After exposure to the virus, 3 to 6 months will elapse before tests show evidence that antibodies to the virus have or have not developed in the blood; until then tests read HIV negative. Early symptoms appear as flulike and may take 7 to 11 years to develop. Later stage symptoms are fatigue, appetite and weight loss, chronic diarrhea, fever, swollen lymph nodes, skin tumors, and night sweats.
Pneumonia, herpes, gastroenteritis, cancer, tuberculosis, and meningitis are associated with AIDS. HIV is transmitted through body fluids such as semen, breast milk, and blood; through sexual intercourse, sharing syringe needles, and from blood transfusions of unscreened blood. Mothers can pass the virus during pregnancy and at delivery. Some people do not develop AIDS from the virus and it is thought that the reason is a strong immune system.
A Chinese medical journal has reported success with administration of intravenous garlic against a fungal infection of the brain, cryptococ-cal meningitis,11 found in some AIDS patients. A nutrient-dense diet, rest, and stress reduction are beneficial for the illness. Deep breathing aids relaxation, improves circulation, and increases oxygen intake. Drink pure water frequently. Resolve unexpressed emotional issues that may be suppressing the immune system.
Multivitamins and minerals
Vitamin A—a deficiency is common in HIV
Beta carotene—30 mg twice daily, low levels are often found in HIV infected individuals, can be taken with the carotonoid complex.
Vitamin B complex—low levels are often found in AIDS patients.
Vitamin C—500 to 1000 mg three times daily (larger doses may interfere with lymphocyte function) improves resistance against infection, inhibits HIV replication in test tubes.
Bioflavonoids—work synergistically with vitamin C.
Vitamin E—400 to 800 IU, with mixed tocoph-erols, reduces toxicity of AZT and improves its effectiveness in test tubes, an antioxidant, aids immune system.
Iron—for children if deficient.
Selenium—reduces infection, improves heart and intestinal function, stimulates appetite.
Zinc—reduces infections, commonly deficient in AIDS patients.
Coenzyme Q10—200 mg, prevents infections, improves white blood cell counts.
^-acetyl cysteine—enhances function of immune system, taken with glutamine it stimulates production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant many AIDS patients are deficient in.
Carnitine—6 g, often deficient in AIDS patients, increases white blood cell proliferation and levels of circulating tumor necrosis factor, supports immune system.
Acidophilus—encourages healthy bacteria in intestine.
Bromelain—enhances absorption of supplements and herbs, has protease inhibitor activity with less side effects than the drugs commonly prescribed.
Organic fresh fruits and vegetables—contain concentrated amounts of glutathione, carotenoids, and vitamin C
Whole foods—contain large amounts of valuable nutrients
Low-fat yogurt Nuts
Garlic—a natural antibiotic against infections Herbal therapy
Licorice root—2 g daily or 2 to 4 ml extract two to three times daily or 150 to 225 mg gly-cyrrhizin, inhibits the reproduction of HIV in test tubes and is shown in human studies to be beneficial taken orally due to the constituent glycyrrhizin; improves immune system, monitor blood pressure if taken for long periods of time.
Curcumin—1 to 2 g, from turmeric, inhibits replication of HIV virus, may increase CD4 cell counts, an antioxidant with up to 300 times the activity of vitamin E.
Asian and Siberian ginseng—immune system boosters.
St. John's Wort—10 to 30 drops tincture, has antiviral properties; slows progression of mild HIV infection and reduces some symptoms.
Aloe vera—250 mg four times daily of aceman-nan, the constituent active against HIV in test tubes, or 2/4 cups juice, minimizes side effects of AZT.
Bitter melon—increases CD4 and T4 cell counts and blocks HIV infected macrophage and lymphocytes.12
Boxwood extract—990 mg daily, delays progress of infection due to CD4 cell count decline.13
Garlic—extract, reduces infections and relieves diarrhea.
Echinacea—stimulates production of white blood cells and antibodies, enhances immune system.
Remedies available to support immune system according to individual symptoms.
Tea tree oil, eucalyptus or thyme—massage that benefits the lymphatic system, and stimulates the immune system.
Bergamot, lavender, and ylang ylang—help depression and relieves stress.
Ashwagandha—enhances immune system.
Herbal combinations prescribed to reduce side effects and increase efficacy of conventional medicine.
Chinese Angelica—stimulates white blood cell and antibody formation, increases energy.
Acupuncture—increases white blood cells and T-cell production,14 alleviates symptoms such as skin reactions, diarrhea, fatigue, and sweating, and the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Massage—reduces stress, improves circulation, and promotes toxin removal from lymph glands.
Acupressure—for diarrhea and gastroenteritis through the stomach and spleen meridians.
Shiatsu—restores energy to internal organs.
Qigong and T'ai chi—unblocks the flow of qi.
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